Herndon made 15 of 19 shots in the first half and used a 17-8 second-quarter run to pull away from Robinson in a 79-58 Virginia AAA nondistrict boys basketball victory last night at Herndon.

The Hornets (2-0) made 30 of 45 shots for the game to help overcome an outstanding effort by Brian Derge.

Derge scored 11 of his game-high 28 points in the first quarter to keep the Rams (2-1) within 19-15.

But Herndon increased its defensive pressure on the 6-foot-2 Derge -- replacing 5-9 defender Joey Phillips with 6-4 Kevin Cook and several others -- to limit his output for the remainder of the game.

"We wanted to wear him down," said Herndon Coach Gary Hall. "He's a proven player and we wanted the others to go and prove they could beat us. With our depth we're able to run a lot of people at him and he has to do so many things for them.

"He was guarding Teke {6-7 Luteke Kalombo} to start so we went right at him."

Kalombo delivered. His first basket was a power dunk with a defender hanging on and fouling him. Kalombo also showed his versatility in the first quarter with a three-point jumper. He finished with 25 points.

"He's the money man," Hall said. "But if teams come in here thinking we are just the Luteke Kalombo Show they are in for a big surprise, because we have others who can play."

Andrew Freiden contributed to the balanced attack with 14 points and Cook scored 12. All 13 Hornets got in the game.

The Hornets' four-point first-quarter edge was built on eight-for-nine shooting. But a four-minute stretch of the second quarter was the key.

After Robinson closed to 19-17 on a Chris Sileo layup, Herndon scored the next 12 points -- six by Kalombo -- and held the Rams scoreless for 4 minutes 22 seconds.

The Hornets increased the edge to 19 points after three quarters, then held off Robinson's final push, in which the Rams closed to 68-56 with 3:06 left.

Six free throws and a three-point play by Kalombo ended all doubt.