With leading scorer Maurece Wilkins leading the cheers from the sideline after fouling out with 3 minutes 53 seconds remaining in regulation yesterday, the unbeaten Springbrook boys basketball team completed a 10-point second-half comeback to defeat No. 18 Lee, 72-71, in overtime in the quarterfinals of the Mount Vernon Holiday Tournament.
The Blue Devils (6-0) next will face Phoebus of Hampton, Va., in a semifinal tonight at 7.
"It's a huge win to come down here to Northern Virginia and beat one of their best teams," Springbrook Coach Bob Cilento said. "Especially with one of our best players not playing much of the second half."
Trailing 72-70 with 19 seconds left in overtime, Lee (4-2) had two chances to tie or win the game in the final seven seconds. Senior guard Marcus Jackson missed the second of two free throws with 6.5 seconds left, and Springbrook guard Marcus Taylor grabbed the rebound. But he was tied up with 3.4 seconds to play and the possession arrow pointed toward Lee.
From underneath the basket, sophomore guard Chris Goodin (14 points) inbounded down low to 6-foot-4 senior forward C.J. Vick (15 points, 11 rebounds), who was surrounded by three defenders as he went up. Contact was made, but no foul was called and Vick never got a shot off.
Springbrook erased a 38-28 third-quarter deficit when Wilkins, who averages 17 points a game, scored seven points to begin a 21-8 run. Springbrook took its biggest lead, 64-59, with 47 seconds left in regulation. But Lee pulled even on a 17-foot jumper by guard Ricky Kyle and a three-pointer by senior forward Roscoe Johnson (23 points, six rebounds) with 18 seconds remaining.
Springbrook had a chance to win the game in the final seconds when David Jones (23 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals) took an outlet pass and went in all alone for the game-winning shot with time running out. But thinking his team led by one, he ran to the corner to try to run out the clock. When Lee had recovered and Jones realized the game was tied, he put up an off-balance 12-foot shot that bounced out at the buzzer.
"Our kids never doubted they would win the game even after we had it in regulation," Cilento said.
Notes: Mount Vernon senior forward Kelvin Coggins had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocked shots to lift the Majors (3-3) to a 58-47 victory over West Potomac (2-4). Mount Vernon will play Heritage of Newport News, Va., which defeated T.C. Williams, 74-66, in the semifinals tonight at 8:45. West Potomac will play T.C. Williams in a consolation at 5. . . .
Hayfield (3-4), which lost to Phoebus (4-2), 75-68, will play Lee in a consolation at 3 today.