Kevin Brim, who had missed his eight other shots from the field, banked in a six-footer with eight seconds left in overtime last night to give T.C. Williams a 58-56 victory over visiting West Springfield in a Virginia AAA Northern District game.
The victory was the Titans' fourth straight. T.C. Williams, which is 6-3 overall, took over sole possession of first place with a 3-0 district record. Lake Braddock, which is 2-0 in the district, was idle last night.
West Springfield had a five-game winning streak ended as it fell to 8-5 overall, 2-1 in the district. The Spartans tried to race past the Titans in transition after Brim's basket, but lost control and never managed to get off a final shot.
Stacey Coleman led T.C. Williams with 29 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman Jamie Warren, son of West Springfield Coach Jim Warren, topped the Spartans with 17.
"At the end of regulation, we had a set play called when we took the ball out, but couldn't get it to work," said Titans Coach Mike Hynson of the game's final 14 seconds. "In the overtime, when we had the same situation, we just told the kids to run the offense and not look for anyone in particular."
Brim, a 5-foot-10 senior guard whose only other points were two fourth-quarter free throws, started near midcourt, where Coleman inbounded the ball. Brim raced toward the basket and lost his defender.
"They were keying on Stacey so John Carr set a pick for me," said Brim. "I just ran as hard I could and Stacey got me the ball. I don't really like taking shots in that situation, and I was actually just hoping to draw a foul."
After the first period of the fast-paced game, neither team held a lead of more than four points. The game was tied on five occasions in the fourth quarter, including at 53 with nine seconds left when Coleman could have broken the deadlock, but missed the first shot in a one-and-one situation.
In the overtime, the Titans moved ahead, 56-53, on a free throw by Lawrence Morgan and two free throws by Coleman, but Warren made a three-pointer from the left side with 34 seconds left. It was the only three-point shot attempted all night by West Springfield, which after taking a 20-13 lead in the first quarter, began rushing its offense against Williams' packed 2-1-2 zone defense.
"The key to beating them is you have to score, and we didn't score," said Jim Warren, whose 6-19 team of a year ago may be the most improved squad in Northern Virginia this season. "We had a man open underneath all night and never got him the ball."