Flint Hill senior Ronny Thompson woke up his father, John Thompson, early yesterday morning and forewarned him of what was to come. Flint Hill was on the verge of breaking the one record Washington area basketball purists felt would stand forever and the younger Thompson wanted his father, the Georgetown University basketball coach, to be there.
There were no banners, no postgame ceremonies, no barrel of Gatorade poured on Flint Hill Coach Stu Vetter. The closest thing to a celebration was six kindergarten-age youngsters cheering at halftime.
Minus the fanfare, Flint Hill was all business last night as it used a 22-0 run to bury Theodore Roosevelt, 73-44, for its 56th consecutive victory before 400 at George Mason's Physical Education Building. The Falcons (5-0) broke Archbishop Carroll's 26-year-old record of 55 straight wins. And they did it with style and ease.
John Thompson, a member of the fabulous Carroll team, said he was glad to see the record broken.
"Records are made to be broken by kids," said Thompson. "Ronny has been running his mouth all week and I can't talk trash anymore about our record. I told him we would play teams like his in the morning and go out and play another team at night."
Ronny Thompson, who had 12 points and five steals in the rout, said it is rare for a father and son to share such a common bond.
"I'm glad to see it go from Thompson to Thompson," Ronny Thompson said. "He told me his team would have beaten us by 50. I said, 'No way, you were too slow.' "
Roosevelt (0-2) wasn't the willing victim in the early going. The visitors started out with a nice game plan, spreading the floor to draw the Falcons away from the basket. The strategy worked for all of 6 1/2 minutes as the Rough Riders battled back from a 12-6 deficit to gain a 14-14 tie.
But the Falcons' fast break had just begun to warm. Bobby Graves' layup began a textbook basketball clinic that saw the polished Falcons run off 22 consecutive points to put this one away before the half.
Arron Bain (24 points, 15 rebounds) closed out the first period with a pair of baskets, reserves Dwayne Morton had three points and Jose Lewis (13 points) threw in two three-pointers. Leslie Hughes scored on a long bomb and Bain capped the spurt with another fast-break basket and Flint Hill was gone, 36-14, with just under 5 minutes to play in the quarter.
The Rough Riders, who played with composure in the first few minutes, came apart in the face of the Falcons' relentless pressure.
At the half, Flint Hill was comfortably ahead, 44-26, and it extended its lead to 62-36 after three periods.
"I can say we are honored to be considered in the same category as the great Carroll team," Vetter said. "I thought we played pretty well. We aren't looking at how many we can win because we approach each game the same way. We just want to be the best team we can be."