Sterling, VA (February 6, 2020) - Tied for second place in the Dulles District, there are just a few games left for the Loudoun Valley Vikings and Dominion Titans to make their final moves as they position themselves for the post-season tournament.
At 7-2 in the district, both teams are two full games behind Loudoun County, but this game would create some separation for the victor. A win might matter most for the Titans, as they have a home game against Loudoun County just a few days from now.
Sam Sheldon and Mark Schroeder got things going for Dominion as the Titans were hot to start, but Loudoun Valley settled into the game and trailed only by two at the end of the first quarter.
A seven-point surge by Dominion put them in front 17-10 midway through the second period. But Loudoun Valley, led by Trent Dawson, went on a tear of their own and actually took the lead, 19-18, just before halftime. Dominion was not done, however, and wrested the lead and the momentum away with a basket just before the whistle. Going into the locker room it was 20-19, Dominion.
The story of the game was the Dominion defense. While Dawson was the Vikings' clear floor leader, the Titan game plan was clear: shut him and make the rest of the Loudoun Valley team beat them. The plan worked to perfection with Dawson scoring his first two points late in the fourth quarter.
The game remained close through the third quarter with Dominion holding a solid 31-26 lead at the break. They stretched that lead to ten points as their stifling defense finally broke the Vikings' will. A thunderous dunk by Justin Mann set the final margin as the Titans earned a huge district win, 48-35.
Final Score: Dominion 48 - Loudoun Valley 35