T.C. Williams has moved its heralded defense inside.
Displaying the same type of tenacious defense that has become the hallmark of its football program, the T.C. Williams boys basketball team crushed visiting Lake Braddock, 72-46, last night in a Virginia AAA Northern District game.
The Titans swarmed the Bruins to take a 28-point halftime lead and limited them to 19 of 59 shooting for the game while forcing 20 turnovers.
Ratcliff Thomas and Sean Roy were each seven of 11 from the field to lead the Titans (7-3 overall, 1-2 in the Northern District) with 18 and 15 points, respectively. Despite struggling a bit from the field Eric Gordon added 13 points and had nine rebounds.
Kihlon Golden blocked seven shots and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Titans outrebounded the Bruins, 40-24.
"I tell the kids we can run the offense off the defense," said Titans Coach Jim Worden. "If we play the good defense, it can make the offense go."
Both teams played Thursday night -- and lost -- Northern District contests. The Titans dropped a 71-66 overtime decision to West Springfield while Lake Braddock (5-4, 1-2) fell to W.T. Woodson, 66-49.
But the Titans wasted no time establishing their dominance last night, stretching a 6-4 lead to a 25-5 first-quarter advantage.
Roy hit his first five shots and Thomas added eight points while the Titans' defense forced five turnovers in the opening quarter. T.C. Williams limited the Bruins to one of 10 from the field.
"Since we lost last night -- a heartbreaker -- we knew we had to come out hard tonight," said Thomas. "We knew if we came out hard on defense it would help our all-around game."
In fact, with the defense generating easy shots, the Titans made 17 of 26 first-half shots, excluding Gordon's two-of-10 effort.
Looking for anything to work, Bruins Coach Gary Reedy made five-player substitutions twice in the first quarter. But it was to no avail.
The Titans held a comfortable 41-13 advantage in a first half that saw Lake Braddock make more free throws (five) than field goals (four of 24).
Mike Gibson led the Bruins with 13 points -- all but two in the second half.
"We came out and we weren't ready to play basketball," said Reedy. "I don't know what it is, but I wish I could figure it out."