Georgetown Prep held off a furious fourth-quarter rally and beat visiting Landon, 58-56, in an Interstate Athletic Conference game yesterday.
Georgetown Prep (4-5, 2-1 in league play) led, 49-32, with seven minutes remaining when the Bears intensified their press, causing numerous turnovers. Led by guard Wil Warren and center Jabar Abdi, Landon pulled within 51-49 on Jamie Roonie's free throw with 2:33 left. The Bears held the Little Hoyas scoreless for four minutes during the comeback.
Tripp Shreves made four consecutive free throws to build the Hoyas' lead up to six, but Landon again pulled within two with 52 seconds remaining on a pair of Warren free throws. Landon had a chance to tie following a Warren steal, but Daryle Bobb was called for traveling with 26 seconds to play.
Landon had one more chance to tie, but Scott Huguely missed a half-court desperation shot at the buzzer.
"We just got sloppy," said center Danny Castle, who scored 15 points.
Castle was largely responsible for building the large Hoyas lead, scoring six straight points to give his team a 24-18 edge with two minutes remaining in the half.
The Hoyas led, 26-20, at halftime. After the intermission they picked up the pace, led by Castle and guard Mark Richards.
Castle added six points and Richards added four and handled the ball flawlessly in the third quarter as the Hoyas built a 45-28 lead.
Warren, who followed up his 40-point performance against Bullis Friday with 22 points, hit three three-pointers down the stretch to key the Bears' comeback.
For Landon (3-6, 1-2), it was the fourth loss of the season by three points or less.
"We really wanted it," Warren said. "We've got to win a close game. I think that's the hardest we've played all year."