Lee, primarily known for its long-range three-point shooting, pounded the ball inside against a shorter T.C. Williams team and ran away with a 71-55 victory in a quarterfinal of the Virginia AAA Northern Region boys basketball tournament last night at T.C. Williams.
Center Derek Solomon led the Lancers with a career-high 29 points and 12 rebounds and forward Mike Reinke supplied 17 points and 12 rebounds.
The Lancers (20-4) advanced to a date tonight with Annandale on the Atoms' court.
Solomon and Reinke helped Lee to a 13-0 lead and the Lancers coasted from there. T.C. Williams (13-10) was never able to climb closer than 11 points.
"Derek and Mike really did the job for us tonight," said Coach Charlie Thompson. "The three-point shot is more sensational, and is our forte, but Derek and Mike do all the dirty work and get no credit."
Reinke scored all eight of his first-half points in the 17-5 first quarter.
Solomon took over in the next eight minutes, scoring six of Lee's 11 points as the margin reached 28-12 at the half.
"We knew they would try to stop our three-point shooters," said Thompson. "And we knew we could get it inside."
Lee beat Williams, 60-55, in January and that game had Reinke looking forward to tonight.
"Last time we played them we pretty much got what we wanted inside," said the 6-foot-3 senior. "We knew it was going to be open."
In the second half, the Titans' full-court pressure increased the tempo more to their liking. Sean Andrews scored 17 points, all after intermission, to pace the Titans but they couldn't stop Lee from getting the ball inside to Solomon and Reinke. Nineteen of Solomon's points came in the second half.
"The guards weren't open so we kicked it inside," said Solomon. "They wanted to push the ball down so we wanted to play our game, not theirs."
The Lancers outrebounded the Titans, 33-25 for the game and 16-4 in the fourth quarter when Solomon grabbed half his total.
Bill Courtney chipped in 10 points for Lee, whose sharpshooter Jeff Jividen was held to nine points on three three-point shots.
Greg Ward had 16 points for the Titans.