With a desire to be more offensive-minded, the Woodbridge boys basketball team carried out Coach Will Robinson's goal to near perfection last night . . . for three quarters.

The Vikings scored 68 points in the first 24 minutes but had to hold on for a 75-66 victory over T.C. Williams in the season opener for both teams.

All seven of Woodbridge's fourth-quarter points came from the free-throw line. Despite his team scoring no field goals during the final eight minutes, Robinson wasn't complaining about the victory over the Alexandria school.

"I'm ecstatic," he said. "We didn't want to start out the season with a 'gimme,' and we didn't. We wanted more offensive output [this season], and we scored 48 points in the first half.

"I thought we might have first-game jitters and kick the ball around, but [the players] were pumped up and couldn't wait to get out the door."

In the second game of the boys-girls doubleheader, William Fleming outscored Woodbridge 19-9 in the second quarter and coasted to a 60-49 victory. Olivia Grant scored five points in each quarter, recording a game-high 20 points and nine rebounds for the Roanoke school. Woodbridge, led by Kanee Booth's 18 points, closed within five points in the fourth quarter, at 47-42 with 4 minutes 24 seconds to play, but got no closer.

In the boys game, All-Cardinal District guard Maurice Watkins scored 14 points and had five steals, and the Vikings got strong front-court performances from seniors Johnny Bryant and Bobby Womack. Bryant scored 14 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots, and Womack scored 13 points, including a pair of strong dunks.

Womack's one-handed dunk off an inbounds pass from Shane Staples and subsequent jump hook gave Woodbridge its largest lead, 59-41, with four minutes gone in the second half.

To close out the third quarter, K.T. Henry made a short jumper to give the Vikings a seemingly comfortable 17-point lead, 68-51. But the Titans outscored Woodbridge 13-1 during the first five minutes of the final quarter, and closed within 69-64 on a pair of Shannon Moore free throws with 2:48 to play.

After an ill-advised three-point attempt by T.C. Williams's David McLaurin, Bryant grabbed the rebound and passed to Watkins, who was fouled. The six-foot senior made both free throws to give Woodbridge some breathing room.

"Complacency," Robinson said, trying to sum up Woodbridge's poor fourth-quarter performance. "We had poor shot selection."

Watkins, who was thrust into full-time point guard duties when Jacob Garner left the game late in the first quarter with an injured ankle, also thought fatigue was a factor. After the game, a Woodbridge trainer called Garner's sprain "moderate" and expected the 5-9 senior to be out seven to 10 days.

"I had no legs," Watkins said. "I was just trying to get through it."

But Watkins was encouraged by the team's first three quarters.

"We're a scoring team," he said. "We want to attack the basket. We got away from what we were doing [during the fourth quarter]. We shouldn't let an opposing team get close to us."

In addition, the Vikings doubled their dunk total from a year ago as Bryant had a pair of put-back dunks to go with Womack's crowd-pleasers.

"Every time the ball is in the air near the rim, I am attacking," Bryant said.


T.C. Williams (0-1)--McLaurin 2 0-0 4, Chandler 6 0-0 12, Moore 0 4-4 4, Campbell 5 4-5 15, Towns 2 0-0 4, Lynn 2 0-0 4, Scott 1 0-0 2, Gregory 5 0-0 10, Gibson 1 0-0 2, Ingram 4 1-2 9. Totals 28 9-11 66.

Woodbridge (1-0)--Henry 4 0-0 8, Watkins 4 5-11 14, Garner 1 0-0 2, Williams 0 7-8 7, Jo. Bryant 6 2-7 14, Jones 0 0-2 0, Staples 3 2-4 11, Ji. Bryant 2 0-1 6, Womack 6 1-2 13. Totals 26 17-35 75.

Halftime: Woodbridge, 48-32.

Three-point goals: T.C. Williams (Campbell), Woodbridge 6 (Staples 3, Ji. Bryant 2, Watkins).


William Fleming (1-0)--Garrison 3 0-0 7, Henderson 3 3-6 9, Bennett 0 2-2 2, Brown 3 3-5 10, Mayo 0 2-2 2, Byrd 2 2-2 6, Gunn 2 0-0 4, Grant 8 4-10 20. Totals 21 16-27 60.

Woodbridge (0-1)--Mumley 1 4-5 6, Booth 5 6-6 18, Clark 3 2-2 8, Wooten 2 0-0 4, Portell 1 1-3 3, Simms 2 4-4 8, Sutton 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 17-21 49.

Halftime: William Fleming, 37-19.

Three-point goals: William Fleming 2 (Garrison, Brown), Woodbridge 2 (Booth 2).

CAPTION: Vikings starting point guard Jacob Garner takes a shot. He had to leave the game after injuring his ankle during the team's 75-66 win over T.C. Williams.