Leesburg, Va. — For the second time in as many years, the Loudoun County High School boys basketball team will fly the Dulles District tournament championship banner after defeating Dominion High School, 58-42, on February 6 in Leesburg.
The Captains were led by junior guard Brendan Boyers and junior forward George Mwesigwa, who finished with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 13 points, 9 rebounds respectively.
“Dominion is a very good defensive team,” Boyers said. “I feel like we run a good offensive set. We know what we want to do with the ball every time we get the ball and succeed in high pressure situations and clutch moments.”
Loudoun County was riding a wave of confidence going into the district championship game, boasting a 13-game win streak heading into the title game.
“I think the win streak worked both ways for us,” Loudoun County head coach Mark Alexander said. “Losing those first two games was a big eye opener for us. I just let them know that we have to keep on grinding. I had to keep them confident and have them focus on what we need to do on offense and defense to be successful.”
After dropping the first two games of the season, the Captains have now rallied off 14 wins in a row, outscoring opponents 60-43 over that stretch.
“Our confidence has definitely been a big factor in our play,” Boyers said. “With a 14-game streak now, it has definitely helped our play and how we enter games.”
Along with the confidence, the Captains did an excellent job rebounding and capitalizing on second chance points.
“[Our rebounding effort] didn’t start out that way though,” Alexander said. “We started to pick it up and got some good rotations. We got more physical as the game went on which worked in our favor.”
In addition to Boyers and Mwesigwa, the Captains got offensive production from junior point guard Jimmy Daughtrey, senior guard Caleb Rexroad, and sophomore guard Jack West, which was important for Loudoun County as they head into region play.
“It was our goal going into the game to get multiple players involved,” Alexander said. “With the masks you lose a bit of your conditioning, so we wanted to play more guys. We are very happy with how our guys stepped up when we needed them to.”