After what might be kindly called an inauspicious start, it's hard to believe Stuart and Washington-Lee combined for as many points as they did in their AAA Potomac District game last night.
But Stuart finally found the basket in the third quarter and beat the Generals, 84-73, to record its fifth straight win.
The Raiders (8-5, 4-1) shot a horrendous two for 17 in the first quarter and were seven of 30 for the half.
Washington-Lee was better from the field (11 for 24) in the first half, but also had 13 turnovers. The Generals trailed at halftime by two points.
And the only thing that kept the Raiders in the game was the play of shooting guard Walter Wright. Wright, the region's fourth-leading scorer with 23 points a game, scored 18 points in the first half and 30 for the game. He scored eight straight second-quarter points and 11 of Stuart's 18 to put it up by 29-27 at intermission.
"He had an exceptional night," said Washington-Lee Coach John Phillips. "He did everything well offensively."
So did the rest of the Stuart team in the third period. The Raiders went on a 9-3 run to start the period for a 38-31 lead. After Horace Willis (26 points) scored off a turnover to pull the Generals (5-8, 3-3) to within 42-37, the Raiders went on a 16-8 run to finish the period.
Marcelo Valencia, known more for his outstanding soccer skills, started the run with two free throws. Calvin Barnes (15) hit a baseline jumper and Wright followed with a 19-footer. The teams then traded baskets until Troy Robinson's basket with seven seconds left in the quarter put the Raiders up, 60-45.
Stuart went from not being able to make a basket to not being able to miss as it hit eight of eight shots in the fourth quarter to squelch any comeback hopes the Generals may have had.