Osbourn Park added a chapter to its Cinderella story in the Virginia AAA Commonwealth District playoffs Friday night by upending top seeded Eauquter, 91-77, to advance with Stafford to the tournament final.
Stafford, which twice conqured Qabourn Park during the regular season, reached the final by nipping James Wood, 48-45, Friday.
It was the second upset of the week by fifth-seeded Osbourn Park. In Tuesday's first round of tournament play, the Yellow Jackets surprised Woodbridge, 83-70, behind 20-point performances by Billy Fields and Ray Brown and a rejuvenated zone defense.
Against Fauquier Friday, Fields again helped pave the road to victory, scoring 36 points as host Osbourn shot 60 per cent from the floor. Fields hit on nine and scored 20 points to spark the Yellow Jackets to a 45-37 halftime lead.
Fauquier, the Commonwealth District's regular-season champion that had defeated Osbourn twice earlier, found the Jackets' zone defense nearly impenterable. Osbourn outscored the Falcons, 3011, in the third quarter to take a 27-point lead.
Mark Rhoads added 24 points to ensure Osbourn's win. Fauquier, which will advance to next week's Virginia state AAA playoffs despite the loss, was led by Lenny Marshall's 20 points.
Second-seeded Stafford had to battle back in the second half to overcome visiting James Wood. Harold Hamm's free throw with three seconds remaining gave the Indians their fourth consecutive win.
James Wood, fourth-seeded in the tournament, earned a 26-17 halftime lead behind the shooting of Harold Cooper, who finished with 22 points to lead all scores.
Wood did not have as much luck in the second half, however, as Ronnie Barnett rallied Stafford to a quick 10-0 spurt that gave the Indians a 27-26 lead. Barnett finished with 18 to lead Stafford.
In the Virginia AAA Northwestern District playoffs Friday, Handley triumped over Warren County, 65-54, in the opening round at Park View High School in Sterling.
Mike Ice scored a game-high 20 pointsand teammate Bob Finley added 18 in the Handleyvictory.