Boys’ basketball rewind

By Josh Barr, Matt Brooks, Paul Tenorio and James Wagner


On Saturday, Briar Woods finished off an exhausting stretch of three games in four nights that saw the Falcons take down two-time defending state champions Potomac Falls and high-scoring Park View and avenge their lone district loss of the season by beating Woodgrove.

The congested schedule is by design. With five players — including two starters — still with the Falcons’ state championship football team through mid-December, Briar Woods coach Mike Benson put in requests with several district coaches to postpone their early games to the back end of their schedule. The coaches were accommodating, and the Falcons have taken full advantage.

They entered the week tied with Loudoun Valley (17-2, 12-1) atop the Dulles District in the loss column. Both teams have only one defeat, but the Falcons (14-2, 10-1) have five game remaining to the Vikings’ three. The two teams meet Tuesday night at Briar Woods.

“Intensity has been key with so many games so close together,” said senior Myles Tate, who broke the school’s single-game scoring record with 42 points and 10 assists in the 82-76 win at Park View on Saturday. “We’re trying to stay rested, and it’s a challenge when you’re playing three games a week.”

Tate and his teammates are no strangers to adversity. Looking to build the program from the ground up three years ago, Benson started a freshman backcourt of Tate and Yves Kouame. The Falcons struggled to a nine-win season that year and the next (in a snow-shortened season), but progress has been steady, and Benson’s four-year plan is coming to fruition.

“It was definitely a challenge for them, but they may not have had the opportunity anywhere else,” Benson said. “Now our guys have a lot of game experience. That was the plan and every single year they’ve gotten better and better.”

Tate’s development from a flashy scorer to a complete point guard has been crucial. The school’s first 1,000-point scorer was benched for all of Briar Woods’s loss to Woodgrove two weeks ago as a ‘coach’s decision’ according to Benson. But in the games since, the speedy 5 foot 7 sparkplug has a renewed focus and drive that has the entire team playing its best basketball of the season.

“If I was going to do that, that was the right time to do it,” Benson said of the decision to sit his top scorer. “These last two weeks, Myles has grown much more as a leader, everyone’s attitude is a little different in practice and it’s showing in the games.”

In a league loaded with prolific scorers, two of the top defensive teams have separated themselves from the pack. Coveted junior linebacker recruit Matt Rolin’s physical play on the interior, coupled with the gritty perimeter defense of Kouame and senior Correy Facciane helped the Falcons contain several of the district’s top scorers. And defense will be key as they try to capture their first district championship.

“We want to be like football and cheerleading,” Tate said, referring the school’s top two athletic teams, who have combined for five state championships in the last three years. We’ve been working for four years to get to this point. This is our senior year - we feel like it’s our turn now, and we want to win as many games as we can.”



Boys' basketball preview

AA Dulles District


Top teams
Potomac Falls
(23-2)  Broad Run (20-4)   Briar Woods (9-10)

[C] Greg Graves, Potomac Falls, 6-7, Jr.  [G-F] Taylor Johnson, Broad Run, 6-3, Sr.  [G] Ryan McCarter, Park View, 6-2, Jr. [G] Lukas Mihailovich, Potomac Falls, 6-0, Sr.  [G] Myles Tate, Briar Woods, 5-6, Jr.

Tate (21 ppg) is a playmaking spark plug for a much-improved Briar Woods team that returns four starters and has its sights set on its first region tournament berth

DEC. 10, 2010- vivaloudoun.blogspot.COM

Basketball: Friday Night Scoreboard + Skinny

(Dec. 10, 2010)
Briar Woods 74, Dominion 42
The Skinny: Falcons win big in only Dulles District contest on the night.Yves kouame led BW with 24. Corey Faciane and Myles Tate each added 18 for the Falcons. Jerome Ramsey led the Titans with eight points.

Basketball Leaders

Free Throw Percentage

13 C.J. Lewis
14 Myles Tate
Briar Woods
15 John Schoof
W.T. Woodson


Broad Run Boys Basketball Beats Briar Woods 78-69

By Sean Farrell


On Friday night in Brambleton, the Broad Run boys varsity basketball team overcame an early 16-point deficit and eventually pulled away from the host Briar Woods Falcons to capture the 78-69 Dulles District victory. The loss is the first in the Dulles District for the Falcons (3-4, 3-1). Myles Tate shined for the Falcons despite the loss, scoring 28 points, including ten from the free-throw line.


Ashburn Basketball Recap

Early season brings highs and lows for area high school teams

By Sean Farrell

The Briar Woods boys (3-5, 3-2) have enjoyed wins and suffered losses in spurts this season. A three-game winning streak by the Falcons is wedged between two-game and three-game losing streaks. One constant for the Falcons has been the scoring of junior guard Myles Tate. Averaging nearly 21 points per game, Tate leads a balanced scoring attack that features four players averaging at least 10 points per game, including Yves Kouame, Corey Faciane and Andre Evans.


Middleburg Academy boys' basketball team wins again during busy stretch

By Matt Brooks
Washington Post Staff Writer

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. 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. Junior guard Myles Tate scored 17 points and Corey Faciane added 15, including four three-pointers as Briar Woods connected on eight shots from behind the arc.

JAN. 5, 2011- vivaloudoun.blogspot.COM

The Skinny on Tuesday's basketball Games

Boys Basketball

Briar Woods 64, Fauquier 52

The Skinny: Myles Tate scored 21 points and Matt Rolin added 18 as Falcons improved to 6-6 on the season with a non-district win.


Weekly Basketball Report

Broad Run Boys, Stone Bridge Girls Stand Out in Ashburn; Briar Woods Hosts Tournament

By Austin McLaughlin

The basketball program at Middleburg Academy, formally known as Notre Dame Academy, has a winning tradition and has been known to have superior talent compared to the local public schools in Northern Virginia. So when the Falcons had the rare opportunity to go head-to-head with the school at a home invitational, very few expected the team to be able to hang with the Dragons (11-2). But they did and came within two missed attempts with seconds remaining in the contest of to upset the talented school.

The Falcons ultimately lost 58-56, but if there is such thing as a “good loss” this was it. While a win would have been nice, the Falcons showed character in the defeat. Myles Tate enjoyed an excellent game, scoring 17 points with four assists. Corey Faciane hit four 3-pointers and combined with Tate to score 32 of the team’s 56 points.

Not to be overlooked are the two victories Briar Woods has picked up since last week. On Dec. 30, the Falcons went on the road and dominated Kettle Run 54-28. Sophomore Matt Rolin had a standout game, posting 11 points and pulling down six rebounds. And Tuesday night, the Falcons beat Fauquier 64-52 to improve to 6-6 on the season. Tate and Rolin each had incredible performances, perhaps the finest of their seasons. Tate scored 21 points and dished out five assists while Rolin scored 18 points of his own and grabbed seven rebounds.


Briar Woods closes strong in 58-49 win over Loudoun County

by Carl Lukat

Briar Woods High School came up big when it needed to most in Friday’s home boys’ basketball game against Loudoun County. An efficient effort from the foul line coupled with an effective box-and-one defense helped the Falcons outscore the Raiders 21-9 in the fourth quarter, turning a three-point deficit after three quarters into a 58-49 victory.

Friday’s game featured the return of Myles Tate, the Falcons’ standout point guard who missed a Jan. 12 game against Potomac Falls with a hip injury. Tate entered the game midway through the second quarter and scored six points in limited action.

“The good thing about getting Myles in is he handles the ball so well and he makes his free throws,” said Benson, who learned Tate was cleared to play less than two hours before the game. “I was trying to tell him not to drive to the basket but it’s hard for him not to. I didn’t want him driving and getting reinjured.”


Basketball Leaders

Free Throw Percentage
1 Myles Tate Briar Woods 91
2 Bucky Erichsen
JAN. 20, 2011- vivaloudoun.blogspot.COM

Cheers Sports and VivaLoudoun.com Athletes of the Month

December 2010

Boys Basketball

Brad Gilson, Woodgrove
Nigel Johnson, Broad Run

Lukas Mihailovich, Potomac Falls
Myles Tate, Briar Woods
John Yoxthimer, Loudoun Valley

FEB. 1, 2011- vivaloudoun.blogspot.COM
Boys Basketball: A True Myles-tone as Briar Woods' Tate Reaches 1,000 Career Points in Less Than Three Seasons


Ashburn (Feb. 1, 2011) - Briar Woods High School junior Myles Tate broke the 1,000-point career scoring mark Monday night in the Falcons 71-64 win over Park View. Tate had 24 points in the win to reach 1,002 career points and keep the Falcons firmly in third place in the Dulles District race behind leaders Potomac Falls and Broad Run.

"I am lucky to have a player like Myles who is blessed with the talent that he possesses," said Briar Woods coach Mike Benson. "Throughout the last three years, he has grown tremendously as a player and a leader. He does not only score points for our team, he is a strong leader and a role model for kids."

Benson continued: "He has led this team at the toughest position on the floor, point guard. There aren't many point guards who also score as many points as Myles and contribute on the defensive end of the floor. Every year since he has been at the helm of this program, we have improved along with him. I am looking forward to having him another year to set more records at Briar Woods."


Weekend rewind: boys' basketball

By Matt Brooks, Alan Goldenbach, Greg Schimmel, Paul Tenorio and Preston Williams
Washington Post Staff Writers


Four years ago Mike Benson took the head coaching reigns of a Briar Woods program still searching for its first win two years into its young history. Committed to a four-year plan and a core group of young players, Benson and the Falcons made incremental strides over the past three seasons and the patience and dedication is finally paying off.

Heading into Monday night's visit to Broad Run, the Falcons (12-7, 10-3 AA Dulles) have already eclipsed their season-high for wins and find themselves alone in third place in the district race with three games to play. After testing themselves with a brutal non-district schedule that included No. 14 Herndon (17-2) and Middleburg Academy (17-3), the Falcons are playing their best basketball to date. Last week against Freedom-South Riding, they withstood a last-second three-pointer to force overtime then rallied from five points down to score 17 in the extra period and notch a 79-72 win- their fifth straight.  "A couple of years ago, we may have just folded after they hit that three," Benson said. "I think it's just a different mindset that the kids have now. They've learned how to win, how to compete and how to play hard every night."

Junior Myles Tate (17.3 points per game) is one of several three- and four-year starters for Benson and this season leads a group of five players averaging at least nine points per game - Matt Rolin (11.5), Andre Evans (11.4), Yves Kouame (11) and Corey Faciane - giving the Falcons an increasingly balanced attack. After battling hip injuries for much of the season, Tate, who eclipsed 1,000 career points last Monday, has scored 45 total points in his last two games inlcuding 22 of 24 shooting from the free throw line where he's shooting 91 percent on the year.

With a trip to Tuscarora Tuesday followed by a home game against No. 18 Potomac Falls in it's regular season finale, Briar Woods will be geared up for next week's district tournament. Based on a new regional seeding process that weights districts based on size (the Dulles has an area-high nine teams), the Falcons must make a deep run to reach their first Region II tournament.

"We're putting ourselves where we want to be in the standings, but the district tournament is the most important thing right now," Benson said. "If we can reach the regional tournament this season, it would give our kids an incredible and well-deserved sense of accomplishment - and that puts us right on plan."

FEB. 8, 2011- vivaloudoun.blogspot.COM
Basketball: Briar Woods Sweeps Broad Run to Improve the Falcons Playoff Picture

Ashburn (Feb. 8, 2011) - As teams jockey for playoff position in the final week of the regular season the Briar Woods High School boys and girls teams made the first bold Dulles District move as they swept rival Broad Run on Monday.

Myles Tate scored 29 points to lead the Briar Woods boys to 78-65 win at Broad Run. It was just the Spartans (11-3 in district, 17-3 overall) third lose on the season and it propelled the Falcons (11-3, 13-7) into a tie with Broad Run for the second seed in the Dulles
District. The Falcons finish off the regular season with Potomac Falls (14-0, 19-1) and a win over the Panthers would give Briar Woods a tiebreaker edge over Broad Run should they tie.

In the boys game, despite Tate scoring 29, the Falcons had three other players in double figures with Yves Kouame (13), Matt Rolin (10) and Curtis Calder (10) all having good nights. Corey Faciane added to the depth with nine points.

FEB. 14, 2011- vivaloudoun.blogspot.COM

Boys Basketball
Dulles District Quarterfinals at high seed

#3 Briar Woods 48, #6 Freedom 39

The Skinny: Myles Tate had three incredible drives to the basket in a row in the fourth quarter and scored a team-high 17 points to lead the Falcons to victory.


Briar Woods Boys Move On Rest of Ashburn Falls

Falcons head to Sterling for showdown with defending state champion Potomac Falls.

It was a tough Wednesday night for Ashburn high school basketball teams. The Briar Woods boys were the only local team to advance to the regional semifinals. The top-seeded Stone Bridge girls were upset at home by Robinson, the Briar Woods girls lost at Freedom, and the Broad Run boys were runover by the Potomac Falls Panthers.

The Briar Woods boys (17-9, 12-4 in the district) dominated Fauquier on the road 83-67. Myles Tate led four Falcon scorers who reached double-figures with a game high 31 points. Tonight the Falcons will travel to Potomac Falls to take on a Panther team hitting on all cylinders and aiming for a return to the state championship.
FEB. 28, 2011- vivaloudoun.blogspot.COM

Region II

All-Region Boys Basketball Teams

2nd Team

Brad Gilson Woodgrove Junior
Preston Isner Liberty Senior
Darius Stanford Fauquier Junior
Myles Tate Briar Woods Junior
Devin Turner Charlottesville Senior


Boys' basketball 2010-2011 Winter All-Met

Honorable mention

... Theodore Roosevelt, Sr.; Myles Tate, Briar Woods, Jr.; Jonathan Tshibuy, Bullis, Jr. ...


Basketball Leaders

Free Throw Percentage
1 Richard Kuzma
2 Derrick Colter
Largo 86.7
3 Jordan McCain
Potomac (Va.) 86.1
4 Myles Tate Briar Woods 86

Basketball Leaders

  Points Per Game
33 Royce Hunsberger LaPlata 18.5
33 Myles Tate Briar Woods 18.5
33 Nicho Tyson
Suitland 18.5


Sophomore guard Myles Tate scored 34 points to lead Briar Woods over Manassas Park 71-58.

Briar Woods 77, Kettle Run 54

Sophomore Myles Tate might just be the key to Briar Woods rising from pretender to contender in the Dulles District this season. The 5-4 point guard poured in 20 points, adding 12 assists, 5 boards and 3 steals as the Falcons improved to 2-0 for the first time ever with a second half blowout at Kettle Run.

The Falcons went into Fauquier County on Wednesday to take on Kettle Run High School for a make-up game of Tuesdays "Snowed-Out" game.  Kettle Run played a tough first quarter as Spencer Carter kept them within reach of the Falcons. Yves Kaume's three-pointer at the end of the half put Briar Woods up double digits for good as the Falcons cruised to a 23 point victory.  Sophomore guard Myles Tate did it all for Briar Woods scoring 20 points while dishing out 12 assists.
A week after it was supposed to be played, Briar Woods and North Stafford got together for the Championship game of the Briar Woods Tip-Off Tournament. North Stafford's Trejon Mcgee got the Wolverines off to a good start connected on his first 2 three-point attempts as the Wolverines jumped out to a 6 point lead at the half.  Briar Woods was able to keep it close throughout the game, thanks to Curtis Calder's 10 points and Yves Kuoame's 11. Sophomore Myles Tate also helped take over the 4th quarter with 16 of his 31 the last 8-minutes of the game.  The Falcons outscored North Stafford 29-12 in the 4th quarter. 

Tournament MVP: Myles Tate (BW)         Game 1:  34pts.  Game 2:  31pts

Varsity rewind

DEC. 16, 2009- vivaloudoun.blogspot.COM

Osbourn 80, Briar Woods 77

Myles Tate scored 31 points but the Falcons lost a 1-point lead with 13 seconds left when Osbourn stole the ball.

DEC. 18, 2009- vivaloudoun.blogspot.COM

Briar Woods 60, Dominion 51

For the second straight year the Falcons knocked off the Titans in Dulles District play. Super sophomore Myles Tate scored 12 of his game-high 26 points in the final quarter, including 10 of 12 from the foul line.

At Briar Woods, Myles Tate scored 26 as the Falcons recorded their first Dulles District win of the year.
Top Scorers G PTS. AVG.
M. Starks, Geo. Prep 7 171 24.4
M. Tate, Briar Woods 7 161 23.0
W. Griffin, Lee 5 113 22.6

Liberty Holiday Tournament (Liberty)

What to watch for: The Falcons are an impressive 3-1 against non-district opponents this season with a narrow three-point defeat to Osbourn serving as the only blemish. But its been a different story in league play as they are just 1-2. Still, Briar Woods (4-3) is playing its best basketball to date led by sophomore spark plug Myles Tate (23 ppg). They'll look to pick up some momentum in Bealton.

JAN. 6, 2010- vivaloudoun.blogspot.COM

Briar Woods 61, Freedom 19

This game was all Falcons as Briar Woods blizted rival Freedom. Sophomore Correy Faciane and Myles Tate combined for 36 points and seven 3-pointers with Faciane hitting five 3-pointers. Briar Woods, forcing turnovers with pressure defense, led Freedom 26-9 at the half.


Loudoun Game of the Week: Briar Woods-Park View boys


When Briar Woods visits Park View Friday night in an early season Dulles District battle, the Falcons will be playing for a lot more than just another 'W' on their record.

In their first three seasons as a varsity program, the Falcons entered each and every league contest looking for their first-ever win over their opponent that evening. That all changed last season when Briar Woods went from cellar dweller to legitimate spoiler, notching its first four district victories against three playoff teams, including district champions and AA Division 3 quarterfinalists Dominion.

This season, the Falcons have picked up right where they left off and enter Friday's match up with a 5-5 record and a 2-2 mark against Dulles District competition. Their opponent is familiar with Briar Woods's recent upswing; last season, Park View lost a one-point heart-breaker on their home floor to the Falcons, 68-67.

While Briar Woods is looking to build on last season's success with a strong core of returning starters, the Patriots spent the first month of the season figuring out what they had to work with on a team that lost seven seniors. Led by sophomore Ryan McCarter -- who already has a handful of 30-point scoring efforts on the season -- the Patriots (6-4, 1-1) are gaining traction in the district and have already flashed their potential with a convincing win over district rival 

Loudoun County.


Battling McCarter in the backcourt is another budding young star in the district, Briar Woods's 5-foot-5 sophomore Myles Tate. The diminutive point guard broke out as a freshman last season, and despite added defensive attention has become one of the most potent offensive forces in the league. Tate has scored at least 20 points in six games so far this season and has been held to single digits only once. At 22.2 points per game, he leads the league in scoring.

Tonight the McCarter and the Patriots will look to hold serve on their home court while Tate and the upstart Falcons attempt to eclipse the .500 mark in district play for the first time ever.

JAN. 22, 2010- vivaloudoun.blogspot.COM

Briar Woods 52, Loudoun County 48

Myles Tate scores 17 to lead Falcons to Dulles District win


The Loudoun Report: boys basketball

AA Dulles

After a hot start to the season, Briar Woods (6-9, 3-5) has cooled off considerably. Believe it or not,
Myles Tate and the Falcons still have the inside track to hosting their first ever district tournament game and a late-season run could propel them into the playoffs.

JAN. 28, 2010- vivaloudoun.blogspot.COM

Potomac Falls 65, Briar Woods 52

The Skinny: Myles Tate score 27 against the Panthers but Potomac Falls avoided the "trap game" of looking ahead to Friday's match-up with Broad Run

JAN. 29, 2010- vivaloudoun.blogspot.COM

Boys Basketball

Dominion at Briar Woods, 7:30

Titans will need to slow Myles Tate if they are to win on the road.

JAN. 30, 2010- vivaloudoun.blogspot.COM

Briar Woods 52, Dominion 35

Myles Tate scores 18 as Falcons fight to stay in No. 4 spot in Dulles and bid to host first boys hoops playoff game.


Broad Run, Potomac Falls favored as Dulles District boys' basketball tournament begins

  Wednesday, February 17, 2010

By Matt Brooks

No. 5 Loudoun County (9-9, 3-6) at No. 4 Briar Woods (8-9, 5-5), Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Season series: 12/11 - LC 55-42, 1/20 - BW 52-48

Leading scorers: LC - G Mahir MrKonjic (12.2); BW - G Myles Tate (21.2)

Players to watch: LC - C Calle Brown: In his first season back on the hardwood since 2007-08, the Raiders' 6-foot-5 starting goalkeeper and place kicker has been a monster on the boards despite inconsistency at the offensive end. The Falcons have size on their roster, but if Brown can get going early on the inside, it will free up the perimeter for sharpshooter Mahir MrKonjic. BW - G Correy Faciane: His scoring has been sporadic, but the six-foot sophomore can stroke it from long range and needs to knock down some shots to give Tate some much-needed support on the scoreboard.


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

14 James Abbott Lab School 21
15 Lucas Mihailovich Potomac Falls 21
16 Myles Tate Briar Woods 21


Briar Woods  Newcomers to Watch: Myles Tate (freshman)

Briar Woods 49, Freedom 47


In the hallway after Briar Woods' 49-47 overtime victory against Virginia AA Dulles District rival Freedom-South Riding on Friday night, the first district win in school history, Falcons' freshman guard Myles Tate stepped back and smiled when asked whether he really measured up to his listed height of 5-foot-4.

Tate was just about to reply before Briar Woods Coach Mike Benson interrupted.

"Absolutely," Benson said, smiling.

"Yes, yes sir. Five-four," Tate said.

But even if Tate was listed a bit generously in the program, there was no debating his influence on the game in the Falcons' thrilling win.

With his team trailing by two and less than 25 seconds remaining in the overtime period, Tate stepped back with the calm of an experienced senior and drained a long three-point shot to give Briar Woods (4-2, 1-1) a one-point lead.

Then, showing the all-around game that prompted Benson to say he wouldn't trade the diminutive freshman for any other point guard in the district, Tate tracked down a poor pass on Freedom's next possession, giving Briar Woods the ball and solidifying the Falcons' benchmark victory.


Afterward, Tate said he had no doubts that he wanted to take the shot, although he felt some nerves as he released the ball. The only shock for the 14-year-old used to playing with older kids: a bigger crowd with plenty of noise. And Tate shrugged that off.

"I liked it, personally," he said. "I'd rather be playing in that than a quiet gym."

Before Tate's late-game heroics, the contest struggled to get going offensively.

Freedom led, 8-3, at the end of the first quarter, and after three quarters the score was 25-23 in favor of the visitors.

But the two teams traded buckets throughout the fourth quarter, and after two free throws by sophomore forward Curtis Calder gave the Falcons their biggest lead of the night, 38-35, with 22.2 seconds remaining, it looked as if Briar Woods was headed toward that elusive first district win.


But Freedom's Ron Campbell grabbed the rebound on a long three-point attempt and put back the bucket, getting fouled on the shot. The senior drained his free throw to complete the three-point play and tie the score at 38 at the end of regulation.

In overtime, Briar Woods freshman guard Yves Kouame hit two buckets, with Tate assisting on one, to open up a three-point lead. But Freedom's David Conrow answered with a three to tie it. A bucket from Campbell gave Freedom (3-4, 0-3) the lead with time running out, and Tate missed one of two free throws to tie it. But down by two, 47-45, Tate stepped back and drained the three. When it was over, Briar Woods students rushed the court.

"It's a little bit of a monkey off our back, I think," Benson said. "But we were 3-2 going into this game, and I'm really proud of this team, I really am. I brought up two freshmen this year, brought up three sophomores, a slew of juniors, only one senior. And for us to be in the games we've been in and be 3-2 . . . we want to shock everyone. [But] I'm not surprised." 

fEb. 1, 2009- DIGITAL SPORTS.com

Dominion 63, Briar Woods 49

By Alysia Deem
Multimedia Manager/DigitalSports.com

Ashburn (Jan. 31, 2009) - The Dominion High School boys basketball team defeated host Briar Woods on Saturday, 63-49. The Titans say they didn't have revenge in their minds when they traveled to Briar Woods on Saturday, but they did want to win.  Briar Woods (6-10)(2-8) is the only district team that has beaten Dominion (13-5)(9-1) this season in a one point victory on January 16th. 

Saturday's game started much like the first meeting between the two teams.  Briar Woods stayed right on the heels of the Titans through the first two quarters going into half-time only five points behind with the score 31-26.

Briar Woods was led by Myles Tate with 27 points which included 7 three point shots.


No. 7 Briar Woods - G Myles Tate, Fr. - In almost every big win for the Falcons this season, Tate has had a huge hand in the win. The energetic young point guard had 21 points in the Falcons' first-ever district win, including a huge three-pointer from way downtown that changed the game, then 15 in Briar Woods' upset of Dominion on Jan. 16 and 29 points in the 10-point upset of Potomac Falls last Friday. If someone is going to make things happen against Broad Run, it likely will be Tate, who scored 21 against the Spartans at Broad Run in a five-point loss on Dec. 12 but had just 12 in a 20-point defeat in January.


The Falcons might only have four wins in the district but three of those came against teams that finished in the top five in the league and they were the only team to knock off Dominion during the district regular season. Freshman Myles Tate (13.4 ppg) is already one of the most explosive offensive players in the district and he's been the key in upsets over the Titans and Potomac Falls, averaging 22 points in those two contests. Briar Woods only averages about 53 points per game so if they turn the ball over early and allow the Spartans to get into an up-and-down fast break game, they could be in trouble. Their best shot at an upset is to take care of the basketball, be deliberate and take good shots on offense and hold their own on the boards. Regardless of the result, the young Falcons have made great strides this year and will continue to be a team to be reckoned with in the coming seasons.


No. 7 Briar Woods: G Myles Tate - The freshman point guard led the Falcons with 18 points, 10 more points than any other player on the roster. Tate looks to be one of the top young returning guards net season.