If Adrian Mines had any say in how the Broad Run boys' basketball season was going to end, it's that it certainly wasn't going to be in the Virginia AA Dulles District tournament.
Despite finishing in fourth place during the regular season, the Spartans won their third straight postseason game and second consecutive district title with a 53-48 victory over third-seeded Park View. With the win, Broad Run clinched a berth in the Region II tournament, which begins tomorrow.
"After the [regular] season, a lot of fans just thought we were going to give up, but I wasn't going to give up," Mines said. "This is my senior season."
Mines was one of three players to score in double figures for the Spartans (18-7), finishing with 10 points. Mark McGlone had 13 points, and Joe Tabatabaian added 12.
The Spartans' season began with district title expectations, based mainly on the athleticism and talent of Mines and McGlone. But Broad Run was unable to find consistency early, especially with the two missing a combined seven games because of injuries.
The Spartans are seemingly coming together at the right time, knocking off top-seeded Potomac Falls on Saturday to advance to the district final.
Against Park View (19-6), Broad Run jumped out to a 22-9 lead early in the second quarter after Ricky Jasper's reverse layin. The Spartans then held off a late charge by the Patriots in the fourth quarter.
Park View's Thomas Mulabah (21 points) scored with 4 minutes 50 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 42-41 but Tabatabaian responded with a three-pointer.
"We were a little big-headed in the beginning of the season thinking no one can stop us but we realized soon that wasn't going to happen," Mines said.
The Broad Run girls (20-5) also held off Park View (19-6) in the Dulles District title game, coming away with a 56-50 victory. Dulles District player of the year Alexis Campbell (13 points) sat out most of the third and fourth quarters because of foul trouble, but teammate Erin Thompson scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half and Hailey Johnson added 12 points.
Stepping Up: Broad Run's girls got a big spark from Erin Thompson after Alexis Campbell got in foul trouble in the second half. "I knew when Alexis went out it was my time to shine," Thompson said.
Up Next:Broad Run's girls host Fluvanna in the Region II quarterfinals; Park View will travel to Charlottesville. Both games are at 7 p.m. tomorrow. The Potomac Falls' boys host Handley in the Region II quarterfinals tomorrow, and Broad Run will travel to Millbrook.