It was a tale of two high schools last night, and for both Blair and Springbrook it was the best of times and the worst of times.

Each school experienced the joy of winning and the disappointment of losing as Blair's boys and Springbrook's girls each captured division championships in front of a packed house at Springbrook.

The Blazers' boys continued their romp through the league with a 72-63 victory that improved their record to 19-0 overall and to 9-0 in the division. Blair remains one of the area's only two unbeaten teams (with DeMatha).

On the other side of the ledger, Springbrook's girls fought off a pesky opponent to come away with a 57-45 victory and secure the division title with an 8-0 record, 18-1 overall.

Both winners held narrow leads most of the way before finishing strong.

Javon Thomas led the Blazers' boys with 23 points and the team made its last 12 free throws to pull away from the Blue Devils.

Richard Terry added 16 points starting in place of injured center Ted Ramet, and four other players scored at least seven points for Blair.

"We've been trying to sell them with the little proverb, 'It's amazing how successful we can all be if no one cares who gets the individual attention or credit,' " Coach Dave Scaggs said.

"Certainly, David {Vanterpool} and Javon are two fine players, but it's not just a two-man show. I think we proved that tonight."

Blair proved to be too big inside for the Blue Devils (13-6, 6-2). The Blazers ran off nine straight points at the end of the first period and the beginning of the second to take a 24-16 lead.

All of the points came from in close as Blair dissected Springbrook's defense with strong passing and offensive rebounds.

The Blue Devils threatened again, but could not entirely make up the deficit. A driving layup along the baseline by Darren McLinton (18 points) reduced Blair's lead to 60-56 with four minutes to play. But the Blazers calmly ate up time while taking full advantage of the foul line.

In the first game, Springbrook's girls survived one of their closest games of the season. The Blue Devils turned an 8-10 deficit into a 21-10 lead in the second period and managed to hold it.

"This was a good game because we needed a team to put pressure on us because we haven't been too close {this season} going into the final quarter," Coach Bill Wiley said. "We need some of that going into the regionals to see how we respond."

Lora Aggour sparked the team off the bench after missing a week of practice with flu. She scored 16 points, leading four scorers in double figures.

Blair started in a full-court press and enjoyed some success until Aggour entered the game and the Blue Devils began to run the floor and complete layups.

Tamla Dunbar almost single-handedly kept the Blazers in the game with her quick cuts to the basket and a precision shot from outside. She led all scorers with 22 points, including 12 of her team's final 16.

Dunbar cut Springbrook's lead to 48-43 with a three-pointer with 2:43 left. But Aggour sank two free throws and, after a frantic scramble for a loose ball, Cecilee Campbell hit a short turnaround shot that seemed to deflate the Blazers and their large contingent of supporters.