|JAN. 31, 2012- THE WASHINGTON POST.COM/ALLMETSPORTS.COM
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.
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
“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.”
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.”
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
“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
|DEC. 7, 2010- THE WASHINGTON POST.COM/ALLMETSPORTS.COM
Boys' basketball preview
AA Dulles District
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
| DEC. 16, 2010- THE WASHINGTON POST.COM/ALLMETSPORTS.COM
Free Throw Percentage
|DEC. 18, 2010- ASHBURN PATCH.COM
Broad Run Boys Basketball Beats Briar Woods 78-69
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.
|DEC. 22, 2010- ASHBURN PATCH.COM
Ashburn Basketball Recap
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.
|DEC. 30, 2010- WASHINGTONPOST.COM
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.
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
|JAN. 5, 2011- vivaloudoun.blogspot.COM
The Skinny on Tuesday's basketball Games
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.
|JAN. 6, 2011- ASHBURN PATCH.COM
Weekly Basketball Report
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
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.
|JAN. 16, 2011- ASHBURN PATCH.COM
Briar Woods closes strong in 58-49 win over Loudoun County
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.”
|JAN. 16, 2011- THE WASHINGTON POST.COM/ALLMETSPORTS.COM
Free Throw Percentage
|JAN. 20, 2011- vivaloudoun.blogspot.COM
Cheers Sports and VivaLoudoun.com Athletes of the Month
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."
|FEB. 7, 2011- THE WASHINGTON POST.COM/ALLMETSPORTS.COM
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
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.
|FEB. 24, 2011- ASHBURN PATCH.COM
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
All-Region Boys Basketball Teams
Brad Gilson Woodgrove Junior
Preston Isner Liberty Senior
Darius Stanford Fauquier Junior
Myles Tate Briar Woods Junior
Devin Turner Charlottesville Senior
|APR. 8, 2011- THE WASHINGTON POST.COM/ALLMETSPORTS.COM
... Theodore Roosevelt, Sr.; Myles Tate, Briar Woods, Jr.; Jonathan Tshibuy, Bullis, Jr. ...
|APR. 9, 2011- THE WASHINGTON POST.COM/ALLMETSPORTS.COM
Free Throw Percentage
Points Per Game
|DEC. 5, 2009- DULLES DISTRICT.COM
|Sophomore guard Myles Tate scored 34 points to lead Briar Woods over Manassas Park 71-58.
|DEC. 9, 2009- THE WASHINGTON POST.COM/LOUDOUN EXTRA
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
|DEC. 9, 2009- BWH SPORTS.ORG
|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.
|DEC. 12, 2009- BWH SPORTS.ORG
|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
Tournament MVP: Myles Tate (BW) Game 1: 34pts. Game 2: 31pts
|DEC. 13, 2009- THE LOUDOUN TIMES-MIRROR-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.
|DEC. 18, 2009- DULLES DISTRICT.COM
|At Briar Woods, Myles Tate scored 26 as the Falcons recorded their first Dulles District win of the year.
|DEC. 24, 2009- THE WASHINGTON POST-HIGH SCHOOLS
|M. Starks, Geo. Prep
|M. Tate, Briar Woods
|W. Griffin, Lee
|DEC. 28 2009- THE WASHINGTON POST.COM/PREPPOSTS/VIRGINIA
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.
|JAN. 8 2010- THE WASHINGTON POST.COM/PREPPOSTS/VIRGINIA
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
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
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
|JAN. 25, 2010- THE WASHINGTON POST.COM/PREPPOSTS/VIRGINIA
The Loudoun Report: boys basketball
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
|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
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.
FEB. 17, 2010- THE WASHINGTON POST.COM
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.
APR. 7, 2010- THE
WASHINGTON POST.COM/LOUDOUN EXTRA
2010 Loudoun County boys' basketball
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
APR. 7, 2010- THE WASHINGTON POST.COM
Points Per Game
|DEC. 8, 2008- DIGITAL SPORTS.COM- 2008-09 SEASON PREVIEW
|Briar Woods Newcomers to Watch: Myles Tate (freshman)
|DEC. 20, 2008- THE WASHINGTON POST.COM/LOUDOUN EXTRA
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
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.
|FEB. 2009- BROAD RUN (1ST ROUND DISTRICT PLAYOFFS) PREVIEW
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.
|FEB. 18, 2009- BROAD RUN SUMMARY
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.