The T.C. Williams boys basketball team dug itself into a hole against Freedom in Saturdays Virginia AAA state quarterfinal, and despite a valiant run at the end of the game, the Eagles defeated the Titans, 80-70.
T.C. Williams (25-4) trailed by eight points with just more than three minutes left in the game, but was able to cut its deficit to one on a Kamal Terrell 3-pointer with 1:18 to play. The Titans would not score again, however, and Freedom finished the game on a 9-0 run.
Were a good ball club, T.C. Williams coach Ivan Thomas said. When we were down [eight] with two minutes left, we werent worried that we werent going to come back. Weve got too much speed. Weve got too much quickness. Its just a matter of were we going to be able to close it out? And we werent able to close it out.
In the end, the Eagles had two advantages offensive rebounding and Cameron Long. Freedom grabbed 18 offensive rebounds, which led to numerous easy baskets, and the George Mason-bound Long tore up the Titans defense for 24 points, including a thunderous dunk that brought the crowd to its feet.
I expect that from Cam every day, Eagles coach Ahmad Dorsett said. Its nothing new to me, and its nothing new to him. I expect him to come out and to lead his team.
Glenn Andrews led the way for T.C. Williams, scoring a game-high 31 points, 15 of which came in a third quarter that saw the Titans turn a seven-point halftime deficit into a one-point lead.
Glenn has meant a great deal to this program, Thomas said. His effort, his refusal to quit, to keep battling. He kept his team in it early. Cam was everything for their team, and Glenn was everything for our team.
The teams were tied 14-14 after one quarter, but Freedom outscored the Titans 21-14 in the second to take the lead at halftime. Andrews then scored over half of T.C. Williams points in the third quarter. He scored five points in the final 22.5 seconds to send the Titans into the fourth with their last lead of the game.
We had a great season, said senior Mike Davis, who scored 15 points in the loss. Our goal was to win the state championship, not just the Northern Region championship. Its tough to end here.
Added Thomas, These guys set out to do this. They wanted to get to states, which they did, so its a success. They havent lost to Northern Region competition. They finished first in their district, they finished first in their region. They just fell short against the last eight teams in the state.