Georgetown Prep 59,

Potomac School 45

After a triple-overtime loss cost Roy Hibbert and Georgetown Prep a share of the Interstate Athletic Conference championship, the Sleepy Thompson Invitational gave the Little Hoyas something to play for.

Hibbert took control early en route to a 17-point performance and MVP honors as Georgetown Prep claimed a record-tying seventh championship by defeating Potomac School, 59-45, yesterday at St. Stephen's/St. Agnes in Alexandria.

"If we lost the IAC we had to win this tournament here. So we came out determined," said Hibbert, a 7-foot-2 center.

Hibbert was determined from the start, despite being guarded by standout 6-10 Peter Prowitt, who paced the Panthers (20-4) with 13 points.

Prowitt, who was the only Panthers player to score in the first quarter, took the ball right at Hibbert on the Potomac School's opening possession by scoring and drawing a foul.

"I knew he was going to do that, but I had my game plan," Hibbert said. "It didn't really matter what he did, I kept my game plan."

The game plan for Potomac School, however, gradually turned into long-range jumpers that were off target for most of the first half. As a result, Prep (20-6) was able to enter halftime with a commanding 34-17 advantage.

The cold start from the outside did not keep the Panthers from shooting three-pointers in the second half. Potomac School, forced to stay away from the lane because of Hibbert's presence, made five three-pointers in the third quarter to pull within eight.

"I knew coming into the game we had to defend the three-point shot. We did that well in the first half and that's why we went into halftime with a 17-point lead," Prep Coach Dwayne Bryant said.