Mount Vernon thought that, if it could control Lake Braddock's Hubert Davis, it could beat the Bruins. The previously unbeaten Majors, however, found out the hard way just how many weapons Lake Braddock can use.
Senior center Charlie Shelley scored a career-high 20 points and forward Jason Coleman had a triple-double with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists as the eighth-ranked Bruins turned a meeting of Northern Virginia's top AAA boys basketball teams into an 80-63 rout at Mount Vernon's Skinner Field House.
The Bruins hit 60 percent from the field, including six of eight three-point field goal attempts, as they improved to 12-1 in the nondistrict game.
Fourth-ranked Mount Vernon held Davis, who came into the game averaging 30.1 points, to 18. But the Majors shot only 31 percent from the floor and, as the game began slipping away, they got desperately out of their element and began hoisting three-point attempts.
That only made it worse as they made only three of 14 from behind the bonus line and dropped their record to 13-1.
"Last year, we were undefeated, and they came into our place and beat us," said Shelley, who came into the game averaging 10.4 points, but made eight of nine shots from the field. "Tonight, we just wanted to return the favor."
Lake Braddock never trailed. Marcus Crockett made the Bruins' first shot of the night -- from three-point range -- and the lead only increased.
Lake Braddock increased the margin to 27 as Davis made two free throws for a 74-47 advantage with 5:21 left.
Davis did not start because he missed Saturday's practice while taking his college SAT. He entered with three minutes gone in the first half, but with Mount Vernon's Lorenzo Bryant all over him most the game was limited to 10 shots. He made seven.
"We thought if we could keep Hubert under 20 points we could win the game," said Mount Vernon veteran Coach Don McCool. "But it didn't work out that way. We didn't match up with them real well; we had 6-foot guys guarding 6-4 guys."
McCool said the SAT exams and Monday's snow forced cancellation of the two practices his team would have used to prepare for Lake Braddock. He did not believe, however, that would have made a difference last night.
"I have always felt they were the best team around here, and I thought they were the best team here last year," said McCool. "I never expected them to come out and shoot three-pointers like that. We never got into our offense and just got beat real bad."
With the Majors, led by Bryant's 18 points, concentrating on stopping Davis, forwards Coleman and Jay Bunnell were able to penetrate Mount Vernon's defense. Often, they found Shelley standing free under the basket.
Coleman's 12 assists were one short of Vince Santavicca's school record.