Titans advance to ‘Final Four’

Titans advance to ‘Final Four’

The T.C. Williams Titans advanced to the State AAA Semi-Final Round following a convincing 59-39 victory versus Kings Fork (Suffolk). 

“We came into this game mentally very well prepared,” said third-year head coach Ivan Thomas. 

The Titans’ State quarter-final victory was played west of Alexandria at James Robinson High School on March 8. 

With the impressive win, TC improved to 27-3 overall on the season, and is one of the “final four” AAA teams still alive in the entire Commonwealth of Virginia (Kings Fork concluded their season with an overall record of 24-6). 

Titans leading season scorer/rebounder Anthony Winbush commented as on the TCW defensive game plan: “We wanted to crash the boards tonight and we wanted to stop their top two scorers.” 

There were three ties and four lead changes over the game’s initial 5 1/2 minutes. But shortly thereafter, Titan senior guard Travis Berry knocked down a three and the Titans bolted to a 13-12 lead with 2:08 remaining in the first. 

From that point forward, the nationally renowned Alexandria school would never trail again for the game’s duration.  

The Titans’ largest first half lead was 26-20, courtesy of a Berry bucket off the glass with 1:52 remaining in the second. 

In the third quarter, which separated the men from the boys, TCW knocked down six of 15 shots from the floor, whereas the visiting Bulldogs merely knocked down one of nine shots from the floor. 

The Titans narrowest third quarter lead was 2, their largest third quarter lead on the other hand was 14. 

Commented coach Thomas, “We went from “man” defense to a “2:3″ defense in the third quarter and that helped [break open the game].” 

As the not-so-suspenseful third quarter concluded, TCW was firmly in control 43-30. Edward Jenkins (junior guard) commented as to the reason for the third quarter burst: “We were very focused and we played very well together in the quarter.” 

The Titans outscored the Bulldogs 16-9 in the final stanza to account for the final margin of 59-39. 

“We did a good job tonight getting some defensive stops. We played very good team defense tonight” said a pleased coach Thomas