* Gar-Field Boys 62, Osbourn 51
Gar-Field junior guard Chris Vann isn't the demonstrative type, but in a 62-51 victory over Osbourn on Friday night, Vann's message was loud and clear.
Vann opened the game with a three-pointer, and in the first two minutes, he had outscored the visiting Eagles, 7-0. He finished the quarter with 11 points and totaled a team-high 21 for the game.
"We knew that we would be all right as long as we came out and played our game," Vann said. "We weren't about to let them come here and take a victory away from us."
Osbourn (7-4) missed its first five shots and seemed as frantic as Gar-Field (6-3) seemed assured. But behind their leading scorer, senior guard Brandon Oglesby, the Eagles stayed within striking distance. Oglesby finished with 26 points -- including 11 straight made free throws -- and proved a difficult defensive assignment for Vann, who fouled out with 2 minutes 5 seconds remaining in the game.
With 1:47 left, the Eagles got within four points, at 52-48, on the strength of four straight Oglesby free throws. But a 5-0 Gar-Field run sealed the victory.
"This is a big question mark after this game," Osbourn Coach Mike Dufrene said. "I think we came in confident that we would show we are as good as people expected, but leaving this game I think we are confused."
Osbourn's confidence sprang from its runner-up finish six days earlier at the Cave Spring Holiday Hoopla in Salem, a tournament at which Gar-Field finished third. Both Vann and Oglesby made the all-tournament team.
"Osbourn is a good team -- we saw them play three times at the tournament," Gar-Field Coach Andy Gray said. "We saw how good [Brandon] Oglesby was and we tried to shut him down tonight, but I'm not sure how well we did."
Defending the guards proved difficult for both sides. Osbourn's front court of Jarel Moore and Kalair Montgomery-Haynes did a good job of limiting Gar-Field's strong low post attack, but the guard trio of Vann, Kirsten McCane (11 points) and Chris Doss (10 points) picked up the slack with quick cuts into the lane and medium-range jump shots.
"We were hoping to get some respect with this win because we've been losing to them since I was a freshman," Oglesby said. "I think we are capable of beating them, but not if we play the way we did tonight."
Note: In the girls' game, a 43-34 Gar-Field victory, Indians senior guard Shannon Massie was taken to Potomac Hospital after a blow to the head. Massie suffered no serious injury and has been cleared to play when the headaches wane and her sore neck heals, said her father, Jerry.
Massie suffered a concussion last season in a game against Osbourn Park.
Staff writer Preston Williams contributed to this report.