Herndon's Joey Phillips limited T.C. Williams's hot-shooting Sean Roy to six points in the second half, and with 27 points from Luteke Kalombo the Hornets escaped with a 62-60 AAA nondistrict victory last night at T.C. Williams.

T.C. Williams (5-2) was playing without leading scorer Ratcliffe Thomas (15.5 points), out a week because of academic probation. But Roy (team-high 19 points) shot six for nine in the half to keep the Titans close. Then Herndon (7-1) moved the 5-foot-9 Phillips on to the 6-1 Roy and Phillips shadowed Roy the rest of the game.

"Joey is a tough man-to-man player," said Herndon Coach Gary Hall. "They were running him {Roy} off screens to get open. But Joey likes that contact -- it makes him feel right at home."

Even without Roy's offense, the Titans clawed their way back into the game in the third quarter by scoring the first nine points and taking a 40-39 lead. But Kalombo, who had yet to touch the ball on offense in the quarter, made up for lost time with a beautiful baseline drive to a reverse layup and ensuing free throw. Those points gave Kalombo 1,000 points in his high school career.

The 6-7 senior was terrific in the first half with 18 points on eight-for-11 shooting, including a three-point jumper at the end of the second quarter. But the combination of the Titans defense and Herndon's inability to get Kalombo the ball allowed T.C. Williams to rally.

"We worked hard to front him and get backside help," said T.C. Williams Coach Jim Worden. "And we were able to rotate back on the other players as well."

"We didn't do a good job of getting him {Kalombo} the basketball," Hall said. "We had some turnovers and took some ill-advised shots."

The third quarter was a struggle for both teams. Herndon, which shot 17 for 27 in the half, made just three of 15 in the quarter and the Titans, 15 for 26 in the half, were five of 17 in the third quarter. Also, T.C. Williams, which had been shooting 75 percent from the foul line, made only three of nine.