The Dulles Vikings started strong, holding the Clements Rangers to just 11 first half points, then held off a furious fourth quarter rally to earn their first district win 52-46 last week at Wheeler Fieldhouse.
Dulles’ Ramaj Gordon scored six points in the first quarter, all from the paint, as the Vikings took an 11-5 lead. In the second quarter, the Vikings defense continued to shut down the Rangers’ deliberate offense and increased their lead to 18-11 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Gordon and Donovan Ray scored six points each as Dulles stretched its lead to 32-21. In the fourth quarter, Clements became more aggressive on both offense and defense. The Rangers opened up their offense as Paddy Chen hit three 3-pointers and a 2-pointer for 11 fourth quarter points, Sam Hayes added seven points and Noah Lattin chipped in with six. Clements also employed an attacking defense that forced Dulles to make some turnovers, but it also gave the Vikings some open layups and dunks. Gordon scored nine points in the fourth quarter and Kimani Briscoe added seven as Dulles held off the Rangers to win 52-46.
Gordon led the Vikings with 23 points, followed by Ray with 13, and Briscoe had nine. Clements was led by Chen with 17 points, Hayes added 15 and Lattin had 10.
“Our district is so tough, getting our first district win is a good feeling,” Dulles Coach Martin Wall said. “Hopefully this will be the start of more wins for us. Right now, we need to learn how to win against very good teams. We have been in every district game so far, but we just came up short.”