The Prince George's 3A/2A boys basketball league continues to be a mad six-team race. Two of those teams, Bladensburg and Forestville, added another chapter to this wild season last night when host Forestville, which had four double-figure scorers, coasted away in the fourth period to win, 85-71.

The final score, however, is not indicative of how tightly contested the game was. Bladensburg (7-6, 5-4) scored the game's first point, but Forestville (10-3, 6-3) clamped down defensively and led by 23-14 after one quarter, then withstood every Mustangs surge.

Bladensburg trimmed the deficit to four points numerous times, but because of 13-of-24 free-throw shooting, and the Knights' relentless defensive pressure was not able to reclaim the advantage.

"A couple of times we were in a situation to get right on top of them, but we missed some foul shots," Bladensburg Coach Bob Patterson said. "I know that's going to sound wacky in the paper because of the score. But if we hit those crucial foul shots, we could have pulled even."

But the Knights' defense, led by 6-foot-8 junior center Kwamin Freeland (22 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks) and guard George Adusei (16 points), made it difficult for Bladensburg to change the momentum.

Forestville has averaged better than 80 points this season, but last night the Knights patiently worked their offense and relied on an emphatic zone defense to dictate the pace. The Knights played zone hoping to contain Jelani Nix, the Mustangs' talented 6-foot-7 senior center. Nix finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds but wasn't able to showcase his open court skills, as most of those points came on rebound follows.

"We are a good running team, but {Coach Gary McCorkle} said that it was time for us to slow it down and show everybody that we can be fundamental also," said Nix. "We want {to win the league title} real bad, but there's so many good teams out here."

B (7-6) -- Wynn 22, E. Hendershot 3, Nix 21, Dorsey 2, T. Hendershot 2, Mallard 14, McDaniel 7. Totals 20 13 71.

F (10-3) -- Adusei 16, Woodby 6, Freeland 22, Starkey 15, Clark 11, Thomas 2, Gross 8, Reaves 5. Totals 31 17 85.

Halftime: Forestville, 38-30.

Three-point goals: Bladensburg 6 (Mallard 3, Wynn, E. Hendershot, McDaniel); Forestville 2 (Clark 2).