Lexington Lafayette took advantage of poor second-half shooting by De Matha of Hyattsville, Md., today for a 46-43 victory in the second annual Hillbrook Schoolboy Festival before 10,300 at Memorial Coliseum.
The De Matha game was the third of four high school games beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting past 5 p.m.
De Matha, which led, 25-24, at halftime, made only 26.9 percent of its floor shots in the second half.
The Stags shot three of 12 from the floor in the third quarter and made only four of 12 in the fourth quarter. Lafayette made seven of 16 (43.8 percent) in the second half.
"To be perfectly honest, the final score was not indicative of how well Lafayette played," De Matha Coach Morgan Wootten said. "They clearly outhustled us. Not only did they beat us, they also made us look bad."
De Matha took its final lead, 41-40, on Leroy Allen's steal and layup with 2:24 remaining. Two free throws by Vince Sanford at 1:05 put Lexington (7-1) ahead to stay, 42-41.
De Matha's Drew Komlo was called for traveling with 48 seconds to play and with 19 seconds left Darrell Jackson scored on a layup for a 44-41 Lexington lead.
Erik Chapman missed a shot for De Matha and Lexington's Mike Blair got the rebound. He was fouled and made two free throws with six seconds to play.
De Matha, which lost to Baltimore Dunbar (67-55) a week ago and now stands 3-2, received a game-high 14-point, eight-rebound performance from Komlo.