Stuart and H. D. Woodson rolled to easy basketball victories last night in the first round of Stuart's Christmas tournament. The unbeaten Raiders defeated Good Counsel, 65-48, followed the Warriors' 66-54 success against Oakton.
The first round continues tonight with McLean meeting Flint Hill at 7 and Fort Hunt taking on Cardozo at 9. Stuart will face Woodson in a 9 o'clock semifinal Friday; Oakton plays Good Counsel at 2 p.m. Friday in a consolation game.
Good Counsel held raider center Fernando Aunon to 17 points, 12 below his average, but three teeam-mates, led by Scott Sisk (18) made up the deficit by hitting double figures.
Stuart got off to a slow start in winning its fifth game. The cold-shooting Raiders, hurt by turnovers, four Falcon steals, and six points apiece by Counsel's Ted Martin and Tim Peifer, fell behind, 16-11, at the quarter. Good Counsel fronted Aunon, limiting him to two shots and two points.
However, the Raiders went to work early in the second period. Four turnovers a missed shot and a Falcon offensive foul on Good Counsel's first eight possessions made for a 19-4 Raider spurt that put the hosts ahead, 30-20. Aunon scored nine of Stuart's points in the quarter and the Raiders led, 38-27.
The Raider press would not allow the Falcons (4-3) to control the tempo. Good Counsel continued trying to outrun the zone press, only to charge or mishandle the ball at the Falcon end of the court.
With Aunon benched much of the fourth quarter with four fouls, the Falcons pulled within six points. But the Raiders twice in a row grabbed offensive rebounds after missing the front end of one-and-ones. Aunon returned to collar some key rebounds, sank two late baskets and Stuart was home free.
In the opener, Interhigh representative Woodson's forward David (Sweet Slim) Dubois scored 21 points to make things sour for Oakton (1-5). The Cougars were plagued by poor free throw shooting; they missed 10 of 18, five times failing to convert the front end of a one and one.
Dubois hit four baskets in the first quarter to guide the Warriors to a 14-10 lead. Woodson scored six of its second-quarter buckets on layups, shredding Oakton's two-three zone for a 32-24 halftime advantage.
Dubois scored seven points in a Warrior surge in the opening 2:14 of the third quarter that upped the margin to 41-28. Meanwhile, a scrambling Warrior man-to-man defense and the board work of Dubois and Franklin Isaac kept things hairy for the Cougar offense.
Oakton junior forward Carlos Yates led all scorers with 24 points, but made only four of 10 free throws.
In other tournament action, host Mount Vernon increased its record to 7-0 as the Majors easily defeated St. Albans, 116-65. Gonzaga defeated Madison, 54-45, and earned a berth with Mount Vernon tonight.
In the Thomas Jefferson tournament, Lee defeated Chantilly, 72-62, and will meet Jefferson tonight. The Colonials defeated Herndon, 90-71, to earn a place in the championship game. Robinson was soundly beaten by Enloe, 93-67, in the Raleigh (N.C.) Times Holiday Festival.
Groveton defeated McNamara, 87-70, in the Groveton tournament and will meet Central, which defeated Yorktown, 62-46