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Prep Basketball Notepad: Wildcats get big boost from Chantilly triumph
Mountain View showed balance and depth in winning the championship of the 20th Annual Pohanka Chantilly Classic at Chantilly High School over the Christmas break.
The Wildcats spread the wealth in their three victories in the holiday tournament, which lasted from Thursday to Saturday last week.
“The starters have been pretty much set and pretty reliable, and we’ve had two or three guys come off the bench and really contribute,” Mountain View coach Kevin Brown said. “I think we’re getting better as a unit. We obviously need more than five to be successful.”
Among the teams the Wildcats (10–2) defeated were previously unbeaten Chantilly and Robinson High, which saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end with a 63–58 championship game loss to Mountain View last Saturday.
“We want to win games, but what we really want to do is prepare for the district schedule coming up,” Brown said. “Our district is always really competitive. If you don’t show up every night, you can lose to any team in the district.”
Mountain View, which is 6–0 against district teams this season, resumes Commonwealth District play tonight at Stafford.
The Wildcats are battle-tested after their recent tournament victory, which stretched their winning streak to eight games.
Mountain View received contributions from a lot of different players. Lucas Brown had 17 points and seven assists in the Wildcats’ opening win over Forest Park, and they beat Chantilly, 68–63, in the semifinals thanks in large part to tournament most valuable player Joe Wilson and his 21 points and seven rebounds.
Wilson had 17 points and six rebounds in the championship game win over Robinson. Three other Mountain View players scored in double figures—Tyrus Mason (16), Ben Keller (14) and Tyrell Mason (11).
Brown said bench players Xavier Fisher, Elijah Burress and Dustin Maghan all came up big in the tournament.
“We’ve got pretty good chemistry. We don’t really have one guy you can key on,” Brown said. “I think our level of play has been consistent. We’ve got to keep getting better.”
Mountain View 6–0
North Stafford 4–1
Colonial Forge 5–2
Brooke Point 0–6
Eastern View 1–1
James Monroe 1–2
King George 1–2
Colonial Forge 7–0
Mountain View 3–3
North Stafford 2–4
Brooke Point 2–5
Eastern View 2–0
King George 1–2
James Monroe 0–2