Senior Omid Mianegaz hit a 16-foot jumper with five seconds to play as West Springfield stunned Chantilly, 72-70, in a AAA nondistrict contest last night at Chantilly.
Mianegaz's shot broke an eight-game Chantilly winning streak and capped a Spartans comeback from an eight-point deficit with just more than three minutes to play.
"We were setting up the play for Jamie Warren and it didn't get there," said Mianegaz, who finished with 13 points. "I knew there wasn't much time left so I just stuck it up and it went in."
Warren (20 points) tied the game with 52 seconds left on a layup off a lob for the last of his 10 fourth-quarter points. And Chantilly (13-4) failed to take the lead on two chances in close with about 30 seconds to play.
After a timeout, the Spartans (14-3) inbounded and looked for Warren. However, Ryan Contreras was unable to find the senior guard and passed to Mianegaz.
"We didn't get it set up. It was slow getting set," said Spartans Coach Jim Warren. "But Mianegaz is nothing but pressure and guts. He is a winner."
The loss overshadowed a brillant performance by Chantilly junior guard Darryl Franklin, who made eight of nine field goals and four of five free throws for 21 points.
Franklin appeared to give the Chargers a four-point lead with 1:03 remaining on an acrobatic drive to the basket. But the points were waved off because of offensive basket interference. Warren then scored to tie the game at 70.
Chantilly led, 68-60, with just over three minutes to play. But Warren scored twice around teammate Jerrick Hester's short jumper to cut it to 68-66.
After Tim Fudd (16 points) scored for Chantilly, Barry Stunson (12 points) hit from 12 feet to bring the Spartans within two again.
"The key was, we'd get an eight-point lead but we couldn't get it to 10 or 12," said Chargers Coach Mark Martino. "They are too well-coached and too disciplined to fall apart."
The teams played to a virtual standoff in a well-played first half. Warren's three-pointer with three seconds remaining cut the Chantilly lead to 36-35.
West Springfield's biggest lead was at 6-2. The Chargers managed a 32-26 lead before a 9-4 Spartans run before halftime.
"It was a nondistrict game but it means pride," said Jamie Warren, son of the Spartans' coach. "Chantilly is a great team, and to beat them on their home floor is really big."