The longest winning streak in Washington-area boys high school basketball history came to a dead stop Monday night when Flint Hill was beaten by Tolentine (N.Y.), the nation's top-ranked team, 97-69, in the semifinals of the McDonald's Iolani Prep Classic in Honolulu.

Flint Hill's defeat ended its streak at 59 consecutive wins. The Falcons (9-1 after winning the consolation game, 63-60, over Dunbar of Baltimore) had set the record Dec. 11 with a victory over Theodore Roosevelt, breaking the 26-year-old record of 55 consecutive victories by Carroll.

"It's the worst we've been beaten since 1981," Flint Hill Coach Stu Vetter told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. "They {Tolentine} are certainly a good basketball team and deserve to be No. 1. They gave us a good old-fashioned spanking."

"He really didn't mention the streak {after the game}, but then again, when we had the streak, he didn't mention it," said Flint Hill senior Ronny Thompson. "It was important to him, but he didn't make a big deal about it."

After Tolentine took an 18-9 lead, Flint Hill closed the margin to 23-19 at the end of the first period. But Tolentine stretched its lead to 37-27 at the four-minute mark of the second and led, 46-30, at the half.

Flint Hill only scored 11 points in the third period, and Tolentine opened the margin to 72-41 after three periods.

Malik Sealy, a 6-7 senior who has signed a letter of intent to go to St. John's next season, led Tolentine with 30 points. Arron Bain scored 21 for Flint Hill. Tolentine lost in the final to St. Anthony's of Jersey City, the second-ranked team in the nation, 62-58.

Earlier in the tournament, Tolentine struggled to defeat St. John's of the District, 58-56.

"It's kind of hard. It's the first time I've lost in 2 1/2 years," Thompson said. "It's something that comes with the game, but losing by 25 . . . that's something I never remember doing."