Yorktown patiently rebuffed a second-half comeback attempt by Fairfax en route to beating the Rebels, 76-69, in a contest between the Potomac District's top teams at Fairfax.

The Patriots took sole possession of first place in the district with a 7-2 record, 3-0 in the district. The Rebels fell to 8-2, 2-1.

Yorktown's Mike Beville led the balanced scoring with 23 points, 11 of them in the fourth period as the Patriots stifled a comeback attempt.

"When it comes down to pressure time, we play as a team," Beville said. "We stick together and that helps us get through it. We fell apart for a little bit, but then we regrouped."

At the start of the third period, Yorktown led, 39-26, before the Rebels began to slowly close in.

The major difference proved to be center Brian Buchanan, who sat out most of the early going with foul trouble, but returned just before the half to lead the Fairfax rally.

Buchanan scored 22 of his game-high 28 points in the second period. He earned his points under the basket with physical play, as well as from the foul line, where he made 12 of 14 shots.

"When Buchanan got in trouble early, it gave us a little edge," Yorktown Coach Jim Price said. "That gave us an advantage in rebounding. They've got some good players on the inside, but they depend on him a lot."

Buchanan scored eight points late in the third period to lead the Rebels on a 15-6 run to tie the score at 47. Bill Pulcipher's spinning drive along the baseline gave Fairfax its only lead of the game, 49-47. But the Patriots quickly struck back and took a one-point lead into the final period.

There, Beville's cool-handed control slowed the Rebels' running game while the Patriots rebuilt the lead. He contributed seven points, including his third three-pointer, to a Yorktown run that increased the cushion to 68-60 with just over two minutes to go.

The Patriots missed as many free throws as they made down the stretch, but Fairfax's also shooting also went cold, consistently missing three-pointers as it was unable to close the gap.