Chantilly used a balanced scoring attack led by Timothy Fudd's 24 points to avenge a December blowout loss to James Madison and hand the third-ranked Warhawks their first defeat of the season, 62-52, in a Great Falls District game at Chantilly last night.
Although James Madison defeated the Chargers by 15 points in a Christmas tournament last month, Warhawks Coach Mark Merrell refused to classify this Chantilly win as an upset.
"It's not realistic to think you're going to win every game in a conference as tough as this one," Merrell said. "They outplayed us and deserved to win."
Chargers Coach Mark Martino agreed: "Teams are so good in the district that you can't get too high about a win or too low from a loss. Everybody's going to get beat in this district."
Chantilly is 8-3 overall, 2-1 in the conference. James Madison fell to 10-1, 2-1.
With James Madison's 6-foot-9 center Bart Lammersen in foul trouble much of the game, Fudd dominated. But Fudd, who also had 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots, credited the win to the Chargers' team effort.
Shane Clancy scored 16 points and Patrick Baker and Darryl Franklin had 10 each for the Chargers.
For the Warhawks, Chris Hardy scored 12, Andre McCullough 11, and Omar Illidge 10.
The game was one of fits and starts as both teams ran off long scoring streaks, then failed to score for several-minute spans.
But Chantilly was hot when it mattered, hitting seven of eight free throws in the game's final minute to turn a 55-52 lead into a 10-point win.
James Madison closed to three on a 10-2 run before Chantilly's accuracy from the line put the game away.
The Chargers took their biggest lead of the game at 5:20 of the third quarter, after starting the half with a 10-2 spurt, including six consecutive points from Fudd.
McCullough brought the Warhawks within four, 38-34, with a three-pointer that capped a 10-0 James Madison stretch, but Lammersen picked up his fourth foul late in the third quarter and James Madison was never able to close the gap.
Chantilly began the game with a 6-2 run, keyed by four points, two steals and a blocked shot by Fudd in the first five minutes.
But James Madison recovered and took its first lead on a three-point play by Grant Lammersen.
Chantilly then had a 16-4 run over the half's final six minutes to end the first half with a 28-22 lead.
Fudd led all scorers in the first half with 13 points.