Senior Mike Scott made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 50 seconds last night to help unbeaten Chantilly hold off host T.C. Williams, 50-47, in a Class AAA nondistrict boys basketball game in Alexandria.
"I love it," said Scott, who made four free throws in the last 22 seconds. "I'm a shooter, and I love to be in that situation. There's no place in the world I'd rather be than on the line and to step up make those."
The victory eased the memory of how Scott and Chantilly's season ended last February. The Titans edged the Chargers, 70-67, in a Northern Region quarterfinal game. Chantilly is now 5-0.
"Each season is different," Chantilly Coach Jim Smith said. "But there was some talk at halftime about last year's game. We've had more [offensive] firepower in years past. This team doesn't have quite as much, so we have to win with defense."
T.C. Williams (3-2) had a difficult time attacking Chantilly's 1-2-2 zone and rarely passed the ball inside. The Titans had a chance to tie with 11.9 seconds remaining, but the Chargers forced an off-balance three-point attempt from Jason Ingram that missed with one second to play.
"I thought we did a nice job with our changing defenses," said Smith, now in his ninth season as the Chargers' coach. "We gave them some different looks. We're going to have to make defensive stops to win and tonight we did. Plus, Mike's a great free throw shooter."
In a game that featured eight ties, Chantilly finally forged the game's biggest lead, 45-38, when center Brian White made a 10-foot jump shot off an inbounds pass from Scott with 3 minutes 29 seconds remaining.
White, a 6-foot-6 senior, led all scorers with 21 points and drew praise from his teammates.
"I think Brian is the best post player in the region," Scott said. "We always try to establish him inside."
Ingram made a corner three-pointer and a running one-hander to bring the Titans back late. Shannon Moore made another three with 13 seconds left, but Ervin Gregory fouled Scott on the ensuing inbounds pass.
Anthony Campbell and Ingram each scored 14 for T.C. Williams. Ingram had nine in the final quarter.