South Lakes 67,
In the final minutes of South Lakes' 67-63 overtime victory over Westfield last night in a Virginia AAA Concorde District game in Reston, the Seahawks did not produce one of their classic offensive surges. But the results were the same.
Playing before a near capacity crowd, senior Doug McLaughlin-Williams scored three of the Seahawks' six overtime points, including a free throw, that secured the victory with 4.7 seconds remaining. While Westfield could not produce more than two free throws, South Lakes seniors Bo Taylor and David Landsdowne combined for three points.
"We wanted to give the fans their money's worth tonight," said McLaughlin-Williams, who finished with a game-best 23 points. "This was a close game but it wasn't our first. We've played T.C. Williams before Christmas break and won in double overtime."
With less than 10 seconds remaining in regulation and the score tied at 61, Westfield had a chance to leave with a win. But the Bulldogs' could not capitalize on junior guard Eddie Royal's pinpoint pass to an open teammate.
In the extra session, South Lakes (9-2, 3-1) used its powerful front court of seniors Taylor and McLaughlin-Williams to produce offense.
"We are a much bigger and stronger team and we knew that if we just pounded [the ball] inside, that would open up the game for our guards," McLaughlin-Williams said.
The Seahawks employed that strategy at the start of the game. Taylor helped engineer a 16-2 run that gave South Lakes a 40-34 halftime lead.
Westfield (9-3, 1-2), behind the shooting of Joe Fix and Mike Forkin, outscored the Seahawks 6-2 to take a 50-49 lead at the start of the final quarter.
"We wanted to come out here tonight and show that we could compete with maybe one of the top two teams in our districts," Westfield Coach Bob McKeag said. "I like our kids and I think we really compete hard but we can't be making mistakes down the stretch of a game like this."
Said McLaughlin-Williams: "We're in a tough league, and I think that we're showing that we can win close games when it counts."