Clentous McCoy sank a desperation 25-footer at the buzzer to lift second-ranked Coolidge over determined Spingarn, 56-55, in the Interhigh League Tournament championship game last night at Coolidge.
Cortella Jones and Kim Hall each scored four points in the third period as Wilson took control of the game and never looked back in defeating Coolidge, 58-50, to capture the girls tournament title.
McCoy's basket climaxed a tremendous comeback by the Colts (27-2) and sends the regular season champions into Sunday's 4 p.m. City Title game at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House against third-ranked DeMatha (26-3) full of confidence.
Spingarn (20-8) will play the Metro Conference runner-up in the preliminary game at 2.
Coolidge trailed by as many as 16 points midway in the second period before McCoy, Donald Hodge and Charles Hatcher woke up the lethargic hosts.
Two McCoy three-pointers, four free throws by Derrick Price and a tipin in the waning seconds by Hodge brought Coolidge within three, 33-30, at intermission.
Hatcher scored all 10 of his points as the Colts pulled even at 42 after three periods.
A bank shot by McCoy put Coolidge ahead, 53-50, with 3:05 to play. Spingarn, which shot poorly in the second half after a red-hot first half, charged back to lead, 55-53, after a jumper by Brian Henderson and a three-pointer by Michael Smith with 58 seconds to play.
McCoy missed a bank shot with 11 seconds left and Ricardo Leonard (10 points, 14 rebounds) got the rebound. Leonard had a chance to increase the lead but missed the front end of a one-and-one with 10 seconds left.
Price tossed the ball to McCoy, who took two dribbles past midcourt and put up the winning shot.
In the girls game, Wilson showed a balanced attack. Jones finished with 14 points, tourney MVP Nadira Ricks had 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists and six steals and Nina Blassengale had 14 points and 20 rebounds as the Lady Tigers finished with their finest record ever -- 24-3. Corrine Carson had 21 points for the Colts (25-4).
Coolidge point guard Patricia Frost made two baskets before going to the bench with four fouls early in the third quarter as her team trailed, 35-31.
Jones got free for a layup and made two free throws and Ricks had a free throw as the Tigers moved out to a 39-31 lead with 3:44 to play. After a Coolidge turnover, Wilson Coach Horace Fleming ordered his team into a stall.
Coolidge just sat back in a zone and allowed more than three minutes to tick of the clock. Ricks made three more free throws before going to the bench with her fourth foul, but her team owned a 42-32 lead going into the final period.