Last night in a heated Prince George's AA League boys basketball game, High Point and Friendly took turns blowing big leads, handling the ball carelesssly and scoring on uncontested layups.

But by the time the fourth period rolled around, the Eagles were clicking on virtually all phases of their game and went on to upset Friendly, 85-80, at High Point.

Friendly (12-5, 10-4 in the league) led by as many as 14 points in the first half and High Point's largest lead was 10, but at the outset of the fourth period, it was the younger Eagles, with four junior players scoring in double figures, who took over the game.

"We've only got one senior and it's a tough league with the {Jay} Bias' {of Northwestern}, {Michael} Tate's {of Oxon Hill} and {Henry} Hall's {of Parkdale}, but we are starting to put our youth together," said High Point Coach Ernie Welch.

"They {Friendly} beat us pretty bad at there place, but tonight we played harder."

With 4:37 left in the fourth period and Friendly trying gamely to cut into a 74-68 deficit, the Eagles could have succumbed when their best free throw shooter, center Dennis Hall (12 points), fouled out. But with the crowd roaring in approval of its team's surprising play, High Point (9-9, 7-8) played with confidence in the closing minutes.

But with 54 second remaining, Patiots guard Robert Green (21 points), who had flashed past the High Point guards all game, stole the ball and made an uncontested layup to draw Friendly to within 80-76.

Charles Winston hit a jumper to give High Point a larger cushion, at 82-76, but Green came back with a pair of free throws to keep matters unsettled, 82-78.

After a High Point turnover, Friendly's silky guard Greg Roscoe (team-high 22 points) scored off a follow to make it 82-80 with 32 seconds left. But Willie Hodges came racing down court for a breakaway layup to make it 84-80 with time running out.

Andre Lee (22 points), Steve Nurse (17 points) and Andre Cole (14 points) added spark to the High Point upset. All are juniors, but in the clutch they performed like the more veteran players.