An anticipated thriller turned into a rout last night as the eighth-ranked Madison boys basketball team defeated 14th-ranked Chantilly, 88-57, at Madison.

Madison combusted in the second quarter and made 11 of 15 shots, including 10 straight during one stretch, to turn a 19-16 lead into a 43-28 blowout.

Omar Illidge, a transfer from Edison, led the Warhawks with 26 points, while Stanford-bound Bart Lammerson added 20 and Kevin Wenk 14 points. Darryl Franklin led the Chargers with 12 points.

The outcome further tightens the race in the powerful Great Falls District, which has four teams in the top 20.

Chantilly came into the game in sole possession of first place after knocking off Madison, South Lakes and Herndon during an eight-game winning streak.

But the Chargers (13-5, 7-2) are now tied with the Warhawks (16-2, 7-2), a half-game behind South Lakes (16-3, 8-2). Herndon (13-5, 5-4) was also making a run for the top spot, but was upset by McLean last night.

"I told the kids to enjoy the game while they were in the shower," said Madison Coach Mark Merrell, "because we have McLean, South Lakes and Herndon coming up."

But the Warhawks can briefly gloat over this well-orchestrated win.

The game plan was simple: Get the ball inside to the 6-foot-9 Lammerson. Although he struggled early, missing six straight short jumpers, the senior composed himself and drilled three straight turnarounds during the Warhawks' second-quarter run and scored 10 points in the period.

"What we wanted to do was play behind {Lammerson} and make him shoot over the top of us," said Chantilly Coach Mark Martino. But "they stuck the ball into Bart and Bart stuck it in the hole. When a kid's sticking {jump shots} in your face one after another, it gets a little frustrating."

And Illidge just added to it. When Lammerson was unable to get the ball, Illidge made any number of wonderful shots to put the Chargers into a deeper hole.

"What they did was double down on Bart," said Merrell. "Give credit to Kevin Wenk with great recognition because he was able to kick the ball into Omar."

But Clark Simpson sparked the run. His three-pointer with 6:55 left in the half led to a three-pointer by Lammerson's younger brother, Grant. Then Bart hit three consecutive shots before Andre McCullough got into the act with an eight-foot baseline jumper to put the Warhawks ahead, 33-24.

Illidge followed with a basket at the four-minute mark, and then drove the lane for another score. Bart Lammerson scored again and Illidge made it 41-26 with a 10-footer.

"We hit everything we threw up tonight," said Merrell. "Over at their place we shot 22 percent. We did a lot of things different but I'm not going to tell you because we probably have to play them again."