T.C. Williams got back on track in the Virginia Northern District race with a 74-59 victory over W.T. Woodson last night at Williams to end the Titans' three-game losing skid while halting the Cavaliers' five-game winning streak.
T.C. Williams (8-6, 2-3) broke the game open midway through the third quarter, using an aggressive 2-3 zone and splendid fast break to take a 55-42 lead into the fourth quarter.
W.T. Woodson (6-7, 5-1), led by sophmore guard Greg Williams (game-high 24 points), could only cut the deficit to 57-49 when Brent Weisner (12 points) hit a three-pointer from the right side.
With 4:53 remaining, Greg Williams made two free throws for 59-51, but Ratcliff Thomas scored five of his 11 points and Larry Harris eight of his team-high 16 in the second half to lead the victory.
"We decided to try the zone defense in the first half and see how well it worked," said Harris. "It worked so well that we stayed with it the whole game."
The Titans' zone and fast break provided a 32-25 halftime lead.
"We worked on a fast break offense all week," said forward Roy Sean (14 points). "I think we are a better team when we can run. After three straight losses, we needed a spark and I think we got it."
Running the Titans' offense was sophmore guard Antonio Washington (nine points), who made a three-point goal from the left side just before the horn ended the third quarter.
With W.T. Woodson's big men having trouble holding the ball, Greg Williams started to shoulder more of the shooting burden, but it wasn't enough tonight.
"We got the ball inside their zone defense, but you have got to be able to do something with it once you do," said W.T. Woodson Coach Red Jenkins. "I knew coming into this game that they were a good team and were underrated.
"I really like coming over here to play because of the rivalry. I don't care what their record is. They are going to play us well and our guys didn't understand."