Two wins by a combined 73 points in one day. Not a bad Tuesday for Gary Hall's Middleburg Academy Dragons, who in their first year are 9-1 overall and playing about as well as any Private School program in the state of Virginia.

Their latest victory, an 82-53 rout of previously undefeated C.D. Hylton (6-1) in the Glory Days Grill Tournament of Champions at Lake Braddock High School, came hours after they defeated Washington Public Latin 75-31 in the Hoop Magic Holiday Tournament. Middleburg originally wasn't scheduled to play in the Holiday Classic at Lake Braddock until they got called to be a replacement for Thomas Edison. Every opportunity they get, Middleburg is looking to seize it and do so in a big way.

Middleburg will battle undefeated Osbourn (7-0), ranked #4 in the VirginiaPreps.com Group AAA State Top 25, in the Glory Days Grill Tournament Final on Wednesday night. Osbourn held South Lakes to just two points in the fourth quarter in a 69-49 victory on Monday, and then followed that up with a 73-50 win over Lake Braddock. The Eagles are averaging 78.7 points per game on the season, tops in the Northwest Region.

Class of 2012 prospects Nik Brown, a 6-foot-2 guard that transferred in from Stone Bridge, and 6-foot-6 forward Mo Alie-Cox, a transfer from South County, each nearly recorded triple-doubles for Middleburg.

Brown finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists, showing great patience, poise and decision making from the point guard position. Alie-Cox was a beast inside with 18 points, 14 rebounds and nine blocks.

"We have five people on the court when we start the game that can any night go for 20 points. My job is to be the man that sets everything up, be a leader on the court and we've developed a lot of chemistry already in this young season," said Brown, one of five players that scored eight or more points for the Dragons. "If I can make them better, it frees me up and helps my offensive game."

But the best stat of the night for Middleburg came in the assist category. They dished out 24 assists compared to only nine turnovers, something that Hall is glad to see with so many new faces having to learn to play with one another.

In addition, Middleburg's half-court trap and defensive intensity gave a pretty talented and experienced Hylton squad - - which boasts eight seniors on its roster - - fits. Middleburg opened up a 22-point lead by half-time, and did so with shot blocking by Alie-Cox inside and Brown pestering Bulldogs star guard Kendall Hargrove, who came in averaging around 24 points per game.

"The nice thing is that Nik is such a great leader, and defensively the tone is set by your point guard. That was a huge one-on-one battle within the team concept because Hargrove gets a lot of publicity, scores a lot of points, so Nik took it a little personal, but also our team took it that way. Nik did a great job on him, but Middleburg as a whole we played great team defense against him," remarked Hall afterwards.


Middleburg Academy boys' basketball team wins again during busy stretch

By Matt Brooks

Washington Post Staff Writer

With Wednesday's Briar Woods Holiday Classic opener against Handley well in hand early in the fourth quarter, Middleburg Academy Coach Gary Hall pulled his starting five and emptied his bench. But rather than take a seat to watch the final four minutes tick away in a 76-46 victory, the Dragons' starters grabbed their gear, walked straight out of the building and boarded a bus bound for Lake Braddock High School.

They needed to beat the traffic to their second game of the day, a title game matchup with Osbourn at the Glory Days Grill Tournament of Champions.

"Coach Hall asked me if we could make it through six games in four days and I told him, 'It's just like AAU season but a little more intense and a little more demanding,' " Middleburg junior guard Nik Brown said.

Thursday night the Dragons needed every ounce of remaining energy to pull out a 58-56 victory over tournament host Briar Woods, capping a stretch of six games in three tournaments in 79 hours.

"Sometimes you have to do some out-of-the-ordinary things to get exposure for your kids," said Hall, who coached at Herndon and was the junior varsity coach at Briar Woods last season. "No one knows about us really and so we want to play as many games as we can closer to D.C."

One night after succumbing to tired legs and a stong defensive effort from Osbourn in a 60-57 defeat, the Dragons (11-2) once again found themselves trailing late as the Falcons opened a seven-point lead to start the fourth quarter.

But Middleburg - formerly known as Notre Dame Academy - chipped away with Greg Malinowski's three-pointer followed by a dominant end-to-end sequence for Drew Henry, who tapped in a rebound and blocked a shot that led to Brown's layup to give the Dragons a 46-45 lead. Malinowski and Henry each hit three-pointers down the stretch as the teams went back and forth until Brown's two free throws gave Middleburg a 58-56 lead with just less than one minute remaining.

Yves Kouame appeared to have the tying basket, but Briar Woods Coach Mike Benson called a timeout seconds earlier that nullified the shot. The Falcons (5-6) had two more chances in the final two seconds but came up empty in their upset bid.

Brown finished with a game-high 24 points to earn tournament most valuable player honors and center Mo Ali-Cox added 13 points for the Dragons, who have played just once on their home floor all season as they try to quickly reestablish themselves as an elite program in the region.

"We're really trying to put Middleburg basketball on the map," Brown said. "Whoever wants to play up, we'll play. We want to show that we are good and we're not just little soft guys from Middleburg out in the middle of nowhere."


Middleburg survives Briar Woods’ upset bid to win tournament

In a rare Loudoun matchup of private versus public Dec. 30, Briar Woods High School nearly shocked talent-rich and leg-tired Middleburg Academy in the boys’ championship game of the Briar Woods Winter Classic. The Falcons missed two attempts to win in the final seconds as the Dragons held on for a 58-56 victory.

“We have a target on our back, we are the Evil Empire, everybody wants to beat us,” said Middleburg first-year coach Gary Hall, who is rebuilding the program that was formerly a region and national power when known as Notre Dame Academy with players drawn from Loudoun and surrounding areas, including a pair of transfer starters from Stone Bridge in Nik Brown and Jimmy Paige.

Historically, public schools in Loudoun do not schedule Middleburg Academy. But the veteran Hall worked as an assistant coach in the Briar Woods’ girls and boys programs after a long and successful tenure at Herndon.

“I know all these guys and love them to death, but I certainly don’t love them enough to lose to them,” Hall said after his team—playing its sixth game in just four days and five games in 55 hours—fought back from a 45-38 fourth-quarter deficit to win.

Briar Woods coach Mike Benson said after the contest that his team played about as well as they could. The Falcons (5-6) executed a nearly flawless game plan, showing patience on offense and draining eight 3-pointers when left open and applying a scrappy defense to keep the taller Dragons at bay.

Middleburg Academy (11-2) committed to play in the Briar Woods tournament, and then agreed to step in for a team in a tournament in Fairfax this week and to take a slot in a one-day showcase tournament.

Hall admitted it would be the first and last time that his team would get overbooked—the Dragons even pulled their starters in the second half of their first-round win over Handley Dec. 29 at the Briar Woods tournament and had them leave for the other tournament while the contest was still going on. Hall called it “insane and too much.”

Middleburg ended up losing to Osbourn, 60-57, in the final of the other tournament Dec. 29.

“Nobody knows about us,” Hall said. “We want to play as many games as we can.”

Brown, who started out at Paul VI before two strong seasons at Stone Bridge, is certainly well known locally. Brown earned tournament MVP honors following his 24-point performance in Thursday’s final, including a transition basket that broke a 52-52 tie with 2:45 left and then two free throws to win the game with 54 seconds remaining after Tate had dropped a sick fall-away 3-pointer on the baseline to tie the game with a minute to go.

Middleburg’s long week started with a 77-58 win over Robinson Dec. 27, followed by defeating Washington Public Latin, 75-31, in the Hoop Magic Holiday Tournament and then beating previously unbeaten Hylton, 82-53, in the Glory Days Grill Tournament.

In Thursday’s win, Middleburg’s biggest baskets came from 6-foot-2 sophomore Drew Henry and 6-foot-2 freshman Greg Malinowski. Henry had six of his nine points in the final quarter, including a key tip-in and a big 3-pointer. Malinowski’s only two field goals of the contest were 3-pointers in the fourth quarter when the Dragons needed it most, bookends around a 11-2 run that put Middleburg back in the lead, 49-47 with five minutes to go.

“I found out we have a little resolve,” said Hall, who was full of praise also for the Falcons and their chances in the Dulles District in the new year. ““We are the best team on their schedule. If they can beat us, they can beat anybody on their schedule.”

Calder and Faciane combined for five 3-pointers in the first half as the sharp-shooting Falcons kept pace with Middleburg. While the rest of their teammates struggled, Brown and Ali kept the Dragons in the contest, combining for 21 of Middleburg’s 27 points in the first half.

The Falcons looked to tie the game after Brown’s free throws but after the offense went stagnant, Benson called time out just prior to a Briar Woods shot that went in but was waived off. Following the time out, Briar Woods had a 3-pointer by Tate that just missed and then another trey blocked just before the buzzer.

In celebration, a Middleburg player was called for traveling after catching the block and 0.4 seconds was put back on the clock. Briar Woods was given a desperation chance to win but couldn’t get a clean look.


All-Met Watch Boys' basketball, week 2

On the bubble

Back court: Nate Britt, Gonzaga, Soph.; Nik Brown, Middleburg Academy, Jr.; Julian Debose, St. John's, Sr.;

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Boys Basketball: Middleburg's Nik Brown Reaches 1,000-Point Milestone

Middleburg (Feb. 4, 2011) - Middleburg Academy guard Nik Brown reached a milestone earlier this week as he hit the 1,000-point career scoring mark as the Dragons improved to 16-3 in their first season under coach Gary Hall with an 88-39 runaway win over St. John's Catholic Prep.

"We are blessed at Middleburg Academy to have a young man with the character, integrity and work ethic of Nik Brown to be the face of our basketball program," said Hall.

Brown, who played the last two years at Stone Bridge, is averaging 18.2 points per game along with 6.3 assists and 3.2 steals per game.

"I have been very fortunate in my coaching career to have had the opportunity to coach some of the finest players in Northern Virginia and Nik ranks among the all-time best," said Hall. " His leadership qualities and dedication to the game are unparallel. It is an honor for me to be a part of his development both on and off the court."

The Dragons are ranked No. 2 the state among Division II private schools. Their only losses this year have been by a combined seven points to Blue Ridge S
chool (No. in state Division 1 privates), Osbourn (No. 5 in state AAA) and Booker T Washington (No. 2 in state AAA).

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VIS all-state boys basketball

First team

James McAdoo, Norfolk Christian; Mo Alie, Middleburg Academy; Seth Allen, Fredericksburg Christian; Adjehi Baru, Steward; Corey Brown, Walsingham Academy; Nik Brown, Middleburg Academy; James Ford, Christchurch; Mario Nixon, Norfolk Christian; Teddy Okereafor, Christchurch; Justin Watson, Atlantic Shores.


Boys' basketball 2010-2011 Winter All-Met

Third Team

F Darian Atkins Landon Sr.

G Nik Brown Middleburg Jr.

F David Gallman Theodore Roosevelt Sr.

G Enerio Jones Springbrook Sr.

G Kethan Savage Jr.


Basketball Leaders

  Points Per Game
29 Isaiah Miles Gleneig County 18.8
30 Nik Brown
Middleburg 18.7
30 Daryl Copeland
West Potomac 18.7



2009-10 boys' basketball preview


G Nik Brown, Stone Bridge, Jr., 6-2


With W.T. Woodson leaving for the Patriot District and South Lakes losing its head coach after an offseason incident, the Liberty’s traditional powers aren’t going to run this league anymore. Fairfax, however, comes back to the Liberty District and is the team to beat. Nik Brown (13 ppg) is one of three starters back for Stone Bridge.


Boys Basketball: The Game! (Sorta) Broad Run Takes on Stone Bridge and Wins by a FG (3-pointer!)

By Dan Sousa
VivaLoudoun.com Editor

Ashburn (Dec. 9, 2009) - Broad Run vs. Stone Bridge. It is the game that everybody has been waiting for ... two neighbors, two powers ... Time out Dan! The football players were in the stands ... this was basketball as Stone Bridge opened its 2009-10 season by hosting Broad Run Tuesday night. Those waiting a BR-SB showdown of football superpowers will have to wait ... in the meantime ...

Broad Run earned Ashburn bragging rights -- for now -- as the Spartans improved to 3-0 and spoiled the Bulldogs season and home opener with a 79-76 victory that honestly wasn't as close as the final score as BR jumped out to a 25-8 first quarter lead, was up 29-8, and never trailed.

"I was concerned coming in that we were going to have first game jitters but I was thinking a couple of minutes of jitters. I had no idea it  was going to be 29-8," said Stone Bridge coach Sonny Green as he opened his sixth
season at the school.

Broad Run, defending Dulles District tournament champion, was led by Kevin McGaughey's 27 points and Taylor Johnson scored 13 with Almad Zafar adding 11. Nik Brown paced Stone Bridge with 23, 18 of which came in the second half and 11 in the final quarter as SB stepped up its defense and attempted a late comeback.


Broad Run boys, Stone Bridge girls split battle for Ashburn

Kevin McGaughey scored 27 points to propel Broad Run to a 79-76 win at neighboring Stone Bridge on Tuesday night. The Spartans (3-0) jumped out to a 25-8 lead in the first quarter but were outscored in each of the final three frames and were forced to hold off a late Bulldogs' rally to continue their undefeated start to the season.

Junior forward Taylor Johnson added 13 points and senior Ahmad Zafar chipped in 11 to lead the Spartans. McGaughey, who is averaging 19 points per game, connected on four three-pointers. All three players have cracked double figures in each of Broad Run's first three games.

Junior guard Nik Brown scored 23 points to lead the Bulldogs and Richie Berry and James Wells finished with 15 points apiece.


Boys Basketball: Dec. 16-17 Round-up

Stone Bridge 72, Heritage 60

The Bulldogs trailed, 33-31, at the half but came back in the second half with Nik Brown scoring 25 points and grabbing eight rebounds and Richie Berry added 21 for SB.


Boys Basketball: Friday Night Round-up - SB Doubles TJ

Stone Bridge 67, TJ 33

The Bulldogs opened AAA Liberty District play by doubling up on TJ Friday. Richie Berry and Nik Brown combined for 29 for SB.

Leading 29-20 at the half, the Bulldogs opened up the third quarter on a 11-0 run and never looked back, out-scoring the Colonials, 24-8, in the stanza.

SB (1-0, 3-2) defensive pressure caused a lot of turnovers and led to easy transition points. Jimmy Paige and Philip Nowakowski were big on the boards for the Bulldogs, picking up 10 and 8, respectively.

For the fourth straight game, Brown drew at least one charge on defense.


Holiday Hoops Festivus

Leesburg Honda Holiday Tournament

What to watch for: Stone Bridge has strung together three straight victories and its two losses each came by a mere three points. The Bulldogs (3-2) are led by guards Nik Brown and Richie Berry - both averaging right around 20 ppg - and rely on the backcourt duo to create and score on offense for a team averaging 79.2 points per game.


Broad Run, Stone Bridge Boys Win Holiday Tournament Opening Games

In the nightcap at Broad Run, Nik Brown led all scorers with 29 points to lead Stone Bridge (4-2) over Dominion (1-8).


Stone Bridge 95, Dominion 79

The Bulldogs got a season-high 29 points from junior Nik Brown - his fourth 20-point performance of the season - and senior guard Richie Berry added 22 as Stone Bridge rolled past Dominion in the second game of the night. The Bulldogs (4-2) dominated their opponents at the free throw line, connecting on 25 of 31 attempts while the Titans only attempted 16 free throws.


Boys Basketball: Stone Bridge Revs Up the Points vs. Titans at Leesburg Honda Tourney


(Dec. 29, 2009) - The Stone Bridge High School boys basketball team offense was hitting on all cylinders at the Leesburg Honda Holiday Basketball tournament Monday night at Broad Run High School as the Bulldogs poured in nearly 100 points in a 95-79 victory over Dominion.

Nik Brown scored 12 of his game-high 29 points in the first quarter as Stone Bridge (4-2) sprinted out to a 31-17 lead over the Titans (1-7). Brown finished with three 3-pointers and had four steals, six rebounds and six assists. Richie Berry added 22 points and James Wells chipped in 16 for the high-scoring Bulldogs.


Holiday Tournament

Bulldogs nip Valley

The night cap provided considerably more drama as Loudoun Valley and Stone Bridge battled back and forth in a final six minutes that saw four lead changes.

With the score knotted at 59-59 and less than two minutes remaining, Stone Bridge junior Nik Brown drove toward the basket and nailed a running floater that resulted in a four-point swing after a charge was whistled on Kyle Kohnen at the other end and gave the Bulldogs a two-point advantage.

On the ensuing trip, Kohnen was fouled and made one of two free throws. Following a Stone Bridge timeout, Kohnen got the ball back in his team's hands, forcing a five second count on Brown at the top of the key. But junior point guard Brandon Bunce threw the ball into traffic, trying to feed Django DeGree and Stone Bridge freshman Jimmy Paige ran the length of the floor for the layup that made it 63-60.

The Vikings did not call a timeout and pushed the ball up the floor to DeGree who forced up a three-pointer that missed. John Yoxthimer got the rebound and dribbled back outside the arc but could not get a shot up before the final buzzer as the Bulldogs held on to take two of three in the tournament.

"I thought we played well down the stretch," Stone Bridge Coach Sonny Green said. "We kept our poise, we got some stops when we needed them and I thought overall we played tough. So I'm very proud of the kids."

Brown finished with 15 points and made all six of his free throw attempts and senior guard Richie Berry had 19 to go along with six rebounds. Together, the pair of second-year transfers has elevated the play of a team that has struggled mightily over the last several seasons. Now they enter a busy week of AAA Liberty District play with a 5-3 mark.

"They both have the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket," Green said. "But one of the things they're really starting to do a lot better is getting the teammates involved. I always say that good players can get themselves shots. To be a very good player, you have to be able to get everybody shots. I think that that's what they're starting to do."


Boys Basketball: Tough Third Quarter Costs Stone Bridge at Langley
Langley 72, Stone Bridge 46

Stone Bridge was doing just fine against Langley Monday night in AAA Liberty District action, trailing on the road by just three points at the half, 30-27, then the Saxons took over in the third quarter and dominated the Bulldogs in the period to the tune of 29-4 and cruised the 26-point victory.

Nik Brown was the leading scorer for Stone Bridge with 20 points.


Stone Bridge Sweeps Madison In B-Ball

Stone Bridge scored a sweep Saturday, as both the boys and girls basketball teams claimed wins over Madison.
The boys scored a 62-44 decision, improving their record to 7-4 overall and 3-1 in the district. Nik Brown and Richie Berry led the way offensively with 24 and 20 respectively, while Kyle Gouveia stood out on defense, as his 3 steals and 6 rebounds sparked an important second-quarter run. Brown also had a nice defensive game, grabbing 8 rebounds and 6 steals.


Basketball: Saturday Stone Bridge Sweeps Put Boys in Second in Liberty District

Boys: Stone Bridge 62, Madison 44

Stone Bridge used a suffocating defense to defeat Madison easily Saturday and move three games above .500 on the season at 7-4 and into a tie for second place in the Liberty District at 3-1. Nik Brown and Richie Berry, SB's super quick guard tandem slashed their way for a combined 44 points and Kyle Gouveia provided a spark off the bench as the Bulldogs broke open a tie game (14-14) to take an 11-point halftime lead (35-24).

Brown also grabbed eight rebounds and had six steals. Gouveia picked up three steals, three assists, and six boards.


Bulldogs off to a hot start

For all the dominance the Stone Bridge football program has enjoyed in the Liberty District, the same cannot be said for its boys' basketball counterpart. Since the Bulldogs made the move from the AA Dulles to the AAA Liberty, wins have been hard to come by and fast starts unheard of.

Don't look now, but Sonny Green's current crop is attempting to shake their reputation as non-factors in the league. After compiling a 15-41 mark in district play since joining in the 2005-06 season, the Bulldogs currently sit at 7-4 overall and are tied for second in the district with a 3-1 mark.

Coming into a week that saw his team face three district foes in a six-day span, Green knew the importance of maintaining momentum from a stronger-than-usual start to the season.

After a disappointing defeat at Langley, the Bulldogs rebounded nicely with 20-point routs of South Lakes and Madison to keep pace behind the Saxons at the top of the district standings.

A pair of second-year transfers has led the way offensively as senior Richie Berry (17.9) and junior Nik Brown (20.4) are both averaging better than 17 points per game. Brown had 24 against Madison -- his sixth 20-point performance of the season -- and Berry was the high-scorer with 21 against South Lakes.


Basketball: Tuesday Night Scoreboard and "The Skinny"

Stone Bridge 89, Fairfax 83 (OT)

The Skinny: Nik Brown sets the Stone Bridge single game scoring record with 35 points in the win. Richie Berry adds 20 and James "Mr. OT" Wells scores six of his eight in the extra period as Bulldogs climb four games over .500.


Basketball: Hot Shots Indeed! Stone Bridge's Nik Brown and Loudoun County's Brittany Batts with Big Performances


(Jan. 13, 2010) - There is a reason we call our single game scoring charts "Hot Shots" because these athletes can shoot! On Tuesday there were two big-time performances with Stone Bridge High School's Nik Brown setting the school record with 35 points and Loudoun County High School's Brittany Batts tying her own school record with eight 3-pointers on the way to 30 points.


Basketball: Jan. 15-16 Round-up

Stone Bridge 70, McLean 60

The Bulldogs are off to the best start in school history with a 9-4 overall record and a 5-1 Liberty District mark. Richie Berry scored a game-high 24 points and Nik Brown had a good all-around game including 14 points.


Past is past for Stone Bridge

By Matt Brooks
Sunday, January 17, 2010

The AAA Liberty District has not been kind to the Stone Bridge boys' basketball team. Although the Bulldogs' football team has dominated the league it joined in 2005, its hardwood counterpart has experienced four years of frustration.

But in a key district game at McLean on Friday night, the 2009-10 Bulldogs continued to distance themselves from their past mediocrity. With a sound defensive effort and an offensive exhibition from one of its top scorers, Stone Bridge continued its best start in program history with a 70-60 victory.

After falling behind in the opening minutes, the Bulldogs began to pick apart McLean's full-court pressure while ratcheting up their defense. An effective three-quarter court trap flustered the Highlanders' ballhandlers, leading to a slew of turnovers and easy baskets in transition. Stone Bridge forced 20 turnovers on the night, many coming in a pivotal second quarter in which the Bulldogs stretched a four-point lead into a 36-25 halftime advantage.

Senior guard Richie Berry capitalized on several McLean turnovers, racing out on fast breaks for easy layups and pulling up for midrange jumpers. He scored 18 of his game-high 24 points in the first half as the Bulldogs (9-4, 5-1 Liberty) built a lead they didn't relinquish.

"I was feeling it in the first half and just kept telling my teammates to feed me the ball," Berry said. "But we were really able to rattle them with our defensive pressure. That shook them up, and they couldn't handle the ball."

The Highlanders (6-8, 2-4) trailed by double digits for much of the second half before pulling to within six on senior Sean Fitzgerald's three-pointer with a little more than a minute remaining. But the Bulldogs' defense got the stops it needed on the ensuing possessions to seal the victory and extend their best start ever in the league.

Junior Nik Brown scored 14 points, well below his average of 22, but six other Bulldogs got into the act offensively. Senior forwards James Wells and Sam Tripp combined for 10 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and three steals, and junior guard Ryan Lowdermilk had nine points off the bench to provide a balanced attack -- a new element to this year's team that Coach Sonny Green credits for the recent success.

"Everybody knows about Nik and Richie, but this year everyone has been a major contributor," said Green, whose team is one game out of first place in the district. "I think the team chemistry is something we haven't had in recent years, and that's paying off in games. We had a lot of new pieces last year, but now they're coming together, and you see that on the defensive end and with unselfish play on offense."


The Loudoun Report: boys basketball

Loudoun's top scorers

Five of the area's top 20 scorers (with at least 10 games counted) hail from Loudoun County. Here's a look at the top ten point producers from Loudoun's 10 schools.

1. Kevin McGaughey, Broad Run - 22.4
2. Nik Brown, Stone Bridge - 21.8
3. Lukas Mihailovich, Potomac Falls - 21.3
4. Myles Tate, Briar Woods - 20.5
5. Ryan McCarter, Park View - 20.1
6. Richie Berry, Stone Bridge - 18.7
7. Elijah Calhoun, Heritage - 13.8
8. Jordan Owens, Park View - 13.4
9. Ahmad Zafar, Broad Run - 13.2
10. Deandre Reaves, Dominion - 11.9


Boys Basketball Roundup

Stone Bridge 69, TJ 59

The Skinny: TJ came in on a 2-game winning streak in district but Nik Brown started off red-hot for SB, knocking down seven of his first eight shots including four from behind the arc. Brown had 20 points at halftime but picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter and sat for the rest of the quarter. Brown (28 points) and Richie Berry (23 points) combined for 51 of the 69 Bulldog points. Kyle Gouveia led SB with seven rebounds, four steals, and one block, while Sam Tripp grabbed six rebounds.


The Loudoun Report: boys basketball

AAA Liberty

It was only a matter of time before Stone Bridge's pair of talented transfers of a year ago meshed with the rest of the roster to form a district contender, but few expected this much progress from Coach Sonny Green's squad in 2009-10. Led by senior guard Richie Berry (19 ppg) and the county's top scorer, junior guard Nik Brown (22), both of whom transferred from private schools prior to last season, the Bulldogs (11-5, 7-2) are enjoying their best season to date and find themselves just two games behind Langley in the Liberty standings.

In their first meeting back on Jan. 4, the Saxons -- who have not lost in 2010 -- took it to Stone Bridge, rolling to a 72-46 win behind 20 points from Austin Kriz and three more double-figure scorers. Brown had a typical 20-point performance of his own but the Bulldogs lacked balance offensively as no other player scored more than seven and Berry was held to a season-low five points. Stone Bridge trailed by just three at the half but was outscored 29-4 in the decisive third quarter. For them to have a shot at their first ever district crown, they'll need to turn the tables on the Saxons Friday night.


Basketball: The Skinny for Tonight's Games

(Jan. 29, 2010) - Big games tonight in Ashburn with the Fox5 TV crew setting up and we aren't even talking about the Potomac Falls vs. Broad Run Dulles District boys basketball showdown.

Fox5 will be at the Langley vs. Stone Bridge boys basketball game in which the Saxons hope to all but wrap up the regular-season title and the Bulldogs look to hand Langley its first district defeat.

The Skinny: Bulldogs must find a way to slow down the Saxons inside advantage. Brown and Berry will need to combine for 50+.


AAA Liberty District Boys

Bulldogs snap Saxons' eight-game winning streak

By B.J. Koubaroulis
Saturday, January 30, 2010

Stone Bridge senior Richie Berry drove into the lane from an awkward angle and tossed up a high-arcing shot over the outstretched hands of Langley's 6 foot 6, 215-pound senior center Austin Kriz.

As Berry's floater swished through the net, he bounced up and down and clenched his fists as the crowd collectively roared in approval at his improbable basket.

It was one of those shots that proved Berry, a 6-foot guard, could get whatever he wanted throughout his 19-point effort in a key 64-62 home victory over Virginia AAA Liberty District leader Langley on Friday night.

"He's the best kept secret in Northern Virginia," said teammate Nik Brown, a 6 foot 3 junior who scored 22 points to reach his district-leading season average.

Berry, who is averaging 19 points per game, carries a lower profile than Brown, but on Friday he showed off an array of skills. He drained mid-range pull-ups, slashed, dropped in floaters, drilled a three-pointer and was 4 of 7 from the free throw line to help Stone Bridge end Langley's winning streak at eight.

The Bulldogs (12-5, 8-2) have won seven of their last eight games and are off to the best start in school history.

"I've never been on a team or a part of a team like this, where you can have two guys get 20 on the same night," Stone Bridge Coach Sonny Green said.

The Saxons (15-3, 9-1) relied on the inside presence of Kriz, who often drew two and three defenders, leaving the perimeter open for Colin Jones, a 6-3 senior who drained three deep shots from behind the arc during a 14-point second quarter explosion. That shooting display led the Saxons back from a six-point deficit and gave them a 33-31 lead at halftime. Jones finished with a team-high 23 points.

But Berry's 11-point second half and Brown's 7-for-8 performance from the line in the fourth quarter helped Stone Bridge fend off Langley's feisty fourth-quarter push.

With 45 seconds left in the game, Berry hit one of two free throws to put the Bulldogs up by four points, but Jones nailed a three-pointer to cut Stone Bridge's lead to 61-60. Brown connected on two free throws to push the edge back to three, but Kriz got a putback to cut the lead to 63-62 with 16 seconds left.


Basketball: Full Round-up

Stone Bridge 64, Langley 62


The Skinny: Before one of the largest basketball crowds in school history, the Bulldogs hand the Saxons their first district loss this season as Langley misses putback at the buzzer to send it to OT. Nick Brown and Richie Berry combined for 41 points on the night. It was a close game the entire way with SB or Langley not able to pull ahead by more than six points. SB trailed 33-31 at the half. Senior Sam Tripp had 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs and took a critical charge late in the third quarter than swung momentum SB's way.



Stone Bridge finished the regular season 8-1 in their last nine games, scoring 62 points or more each time with the offense kicking it in to high gear. The bulldogs have two bona-fide scorers in 6-foot-3 junior guard Nik Brown (21.9 PPG, 118-157 FT) and 6-foot-1 senior guard Richie Berry (18 PPG). Brown is District Player of the Year material, and a 25 or 30 points effort from him could spell doom for McLean. However, McLean did a pretty good job the last time they met when they held Brown to 14 points, but came up on the short end of the stick on the scoreboard. Ten times Stone Bridge has scored 70 or more, even scoring 108 points and losing in triple-overtime to Potomac Falls in one of the most exciting games all season in the state.


Liberty District Basketball: Player of the Year Brown

Stone Bridge High School girls coach Chris Jones and junior Nik Brown picked up some nice honors this week with Jones being named the Liberty District Coach of the Year and Brown being honored as the boys Player of the Year.

2009-2010 Liberty District Men’s Basketball Honors

Player of the Year: Nik Brown, Stone Bridge High School


Boys basketball: Stone Bridge's Nik Brown Named First Team All-Northern Region

Stone Bridge High School junior Nik Brown was named to the first team All-Northern Region squad.

2010 All-Northern Region Boys Basketball

First Team:

Nik Brown, Stone Bridge
Chad Canady, Hayfield
Warren Denny, Centreville
Austin Hamilton, Herndon
Antonio Harris Jr., JEB Stuart
Skylar Jones, Mount Vernon
Ryan Yates, TC Williams


Coach Sit-Down: Sonny Green

Matt Vecchio
Thursday, 25 February 2010


All-Met Honorable Mention

Nik Brown Stone Bridge Jr.


2010 Loudoun County boys' basketball All-Extra

First Team

G Richie Berry, Stone Bridge, Sr.

G Nik Brown, Stone Bridge, Jr.

G/F Kevin McGaughey, Broad Run, Sr.

G Ryan McCarter, Park View, So.

G Myles Tate, Briar Woods, So


Basketball Leaders

Points Per Game

1 Timothy Floyd Lanham Christian 27
2 Ray Gatling Oxon Hill 25
3 Angelo Adon Kennedy 24
4 Antonio Harris Stuart 24
5 Markel Starks Georgetown Prep 24
6 Daryl Traynham Wise 23
7 Donte Thomas Ballou 23
8 Justin Drummond Riverdale Baptist 23
9 Max Lennox W.T. Woodson 22
10 Nik Brown Stone Bridge 22


DEC. 1, 2008- DIGITAL SPORTS.com

Liberty District

Stone Bridge Bulldogs

Ashburn (school opened 2000)

Newcomers to Watch: Nik Brown (transfer from Paul VI), Richie Berry (transfer), Brian Slay (didn't go out last year), Kyle Gouveia (up from JV)

DEC. 3, 2008- DIGITAL SPORTS.com

SB Boys Win First Liberty Game Since '06-07

Sophomore transfer pours in 27 for Bulldogs


(Dec. 3, 2008) - The Stone Bridge High School boys basketball team captured its first AAA Liberty District contest in two seasons with a season-opening 70-56 victory over Thomas Jefferson Tuesday night in Alexandria.
The Bulldogs -- with injuries and football players still inactive after their season finished Saturday -- were shorthanded, having to call up a JV player to get eight in uniform but sophomore transfer Nik Brown poured in 27 points to lead Stone Bridge to the win.

Seniors Ricci Patrick Scored 15 and Jerel Wright added 10 for Stone Bridge with another transfer, junior Richie Berry, scoring nine points. The Bulldogs used a big third quarter, out-scoring TJ 23-6, to pull away in the contest.
Last year, SB scored 70 or more points only one time and TJ managed to hold the Bulldogs to 25 total points in the final regular season game of the 2007-08 season.
DEC. 4, 2008- DIGITAL SPORTS.com

Boys' Basketball: Northern Region Preview

By Angela Watts
Assistant GM, Washington D.C. Metro Area



Stone Bridge already did something in the first week of the season that it couldn't do last year -- win a district game as sophomore transfer Nik Brown (Paul VI) poured in 27 points in the Bulldogs 70-56 win over Thomas Jefferson. Bulldog coach Sonny Green is looking to run an up-tempo style this year with a roster full of guards including Michael Prince, Ryan Lowdermilk and another transfer, Richie Berry


Loudoun County Cager Report (Boys)


By Richard Colven - Senior Editor Gameday Magazine.com

December 10, 2008

Finally, stepping outside of Dulles district for a minute, coach Sonny Green's Stone Bridge Bulldogs will also be led by several underclassman, even with his full contingent of players who are working into the flow after the football season. The Bulldogs stand at 3-1 on the season and are led by sophomore G Nik Brown with 18 ppg. Also, 5'10" sophomore PG Ryan Lowdermilk has started each game for the Bulldogs and looks comfortable running the offense and in the frenetic pressure defensive sets, and 5'10" sophomore G Kyle Gouveia is a key reserve off the bench.

DEC. 26, 2008- DIGITAL SPORTS.com

Leesburg Honda Holiday Basketball Tournament

In the second boys game, Stone Bridge opened with its up-tempo transition working nicely as the Bulldogs scored 21 in the first quarter to lead 21-14 but Titan senior DeAndre Albritton did a nice job of controlling the tempo in the game and the despite the fact he battled leg cramps, he finished with a game-high 30 points.

The Bulldogs got 26 points from sophomore Nik Brown and 17 from junior Richie Berry.
DEC. 28, 2008- DIGITAL SPORTS.com

Leesburg Honda Holiday Basketball

In the second boys game, Stone Bridge showed its two offensive sides in the first half, reeling off 25 points in the first quarter behind the knock-down 3-point shooting of Nate Ingersoll and Michael Prince, who combined for five treys in the quarter. Broad Run, however, poured in 21 points in the quarter to keep pace. In the second quarter, Stone Bridge was held to one field goal and three points.

Nik Brown scored nine of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs tried to mount a rally. Ingersoll finished with 12, all on 3-pointers.
DEC. 29, 2008- DIGITAL SPORTS.com

Leesburg Honda Holiday Tournament

In the second boys game, Loudoun Valley sprinted by Stone Bridge, 79-62. The Vikes finished 2-1 and the host Bulldogs were winless.


Stone Bridge was led by senior Nate Ingersoll who had four 3-pointers and a team-high 18 points. Bulldog sophomore Nik Brown added 13 for Stone Bridge which could prevent the Vikings from scoring at will in their transition game.

Loudoun's Floor Generals Leading The Way


At Stone Bridge, ball handling duties are shared in Sonny Green's up-tempo scheme, but sophomore Nik Brown usually gets his hand on it. The Paul VI transfer also finds himself with many of the leadership burdens as he tries to be the heart of a team mired in a 5 game losing streak. Averaging 15.3 points, he has a quick first step, but has some difficulty with squaring his shot. The future is bright for Brown, however, including the very near future as he grows into the Bulldogs leader.

FEB. 3, 2009- DIGITAL SPORTS.com

Boys Hoops: Stone Bridge 69, Marshall 58


By Dan Sousa

LoudounPrepSports.com Senior Content Editor

Ashburn (Feb. 2, 2009) - Stone Bridge High School boys basketball coach Sonny Green told his team prior to Monday night's game with Marshall that the playoffs were starting for the Bulldogs now. Struggling with five straight defeats, the Bulldogs were looking to better their seeding for the quickly approaching AAA Liberty District tournament.

When the Statesmen opened up a 11-0 lead to start the contest it appeared as if Stone Bridge was truly living its own Groundhog Day, but Stone Bridge kepts its composure and chipped away at the lead the remainder of the first half and then smothered Marshall in the third quarter and rolled to a 69-58 victory.
"I've never seen anything like this in my life, the way this district is. No game is safe. You go into every game and you know it's going to be a battle," said Green whose team at 5-6 in district can finish anywhere from second place to last place depending on how they do in their remaining three regular season games against McLean, Thomas Jefferson and South Lakes.

"I think right now, how we played against Marshall, we can run the table, take the next three wins and go into the playoffs with a winning streak," said sophomore Nik Brown, who scored a game-high 19 points, including eight in the third quarter when the Bulldogs out-scored Marshall, 21-9. Brown also had five rebounds and five assists.
Marshall (4-7, 5-14) had defeated Stone Bridge (5-6, 7-12) earlier in the season and it appeared the Statesmen were poised to do it again Monday when they shut out Stone Bridge for more than four miinutes to open an 11-0 lead. "We gave them a 11-0 start, but after that we settled down and chipped away," said Green.

Stone Bridge finally cracked the scoreboard with 3:46 left in the first quarter as Prince finished in the transition off a nice pass from Brown. It was the transition game that got the Bulldogs back in the contest, something that Brown said was missing during SB's skid. "Last couple of games we didn't push the ball like we have been all season. Today we came out, pushed the ball, got up the court and got some easy buckets," said Brown.
"We stressed getting movement on offense ... in the first half we weren't moving the ball very well," said Green.
Brown and Berry were very active in the third with Berry turning a steal into a layin to make it 35-34 and Stone Bridge took its first lead of the night, 36-35 with 4:59 left in the third, on two free throws by Jerel Wright.

Brown, who played at Paul VI last season, hit the last three baskets of the quarter for Stone Bridge, the first on a great one-on-one move, the next on a putback and finally the last came after he milked the clock down to five seconds left in the quarter. That sent the Bulldogs into the final frame ahead, 51-42.

Marshall was able to trim the lead to five points at 58-53 with 3:56 left in the contest after Umar Ahmed scored inside and Whittington husteled to put back in his own 3-point attempt. Berry, however, had the answer with a transition basket and Ingersoll fielded a loose ball on the back side of the basket and put it away for a 62-53 lead. Stone Bridge then went 7 of 8 at the line to salt the win.

Liberty District Boys Basketball Honors

By Jason Mackey
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

2008-09 Liberty District Boys Basketball Honors

Second Team
Spencer de Mars -- Jefferson
Barrett Hunter -- Langley
Nik Brown -- Stone Bridge
Dylan Robeson -- W.T. Woodson
Bryan Whittington -- Marshall