“I hate to lose, but it’s probably the best thing for us. It’s a taste of reality,” Browne said. “Having coached two undefeated regular season teams that fell short in the playoffs, sometimes you have to go through this. It’s a wake up call that if you don’t play your best, you can lose on any given night.

Long Reach 49, Bethesda Chevy Chase 48

The Lightning won back-to-back games for the first time all season and captured the championship trophy at the Paint Branch tournament along the way. Shane Barr, who scored 13 points to go with 4 assists and 5 rebounds, was named MVP. Ron Carter, who scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, was named to the all-tournament team as well for Long Reach.

“It was a nail biter right to the end, but we got the championship plaque, a little bit of hardware and definitely a confidence boost going into the new year,” Long Reach coach Al Moraz Jr. said.

Box scores:

Howard 57, Chopticon 52 OT

Ho (3-4): Shuart 18, O’Malley 13, Reyna 9, Noble 8, Robinson 5, Dargan 2, Perry 2.

Ch: Mitchell 12, Gagnon 12, Berry 9, Buckler 7, Raines 3, Mills 3, Ford 2, Aeschillman 2, Smith 2.

Half: 29-22 Ho.

Bowie 72, Oakland Mills 71

B (5-2): Smith 34, Gray 23, Washington 6, Bryant 3, Chambers 2, Monroe 2, Anthony 2.

OM (6-1): Ndiaye 21, Williams 13, Willis 11, Kiely 10, Bradley 10, Tapscott 6.

Half: 38-24 B.

Long Reach 49, B-CC 48

LR (4-5): Barr 13, Broadnex 2, Carter 11, Duckett 9, Lamar 12, Paul 2.

B-CC: Holston 4, Baore 2, Witts 16, Stewart 13, Brine 2, Carter 5, Schaengold 4.

Half: 24-24.

Centennial 78, Friendly 66

C: White 23, Brown 17,  Conley 8, Fletcher 5, Strothers 11, Clemens 6, Wilkin 2, Geist 2, An 2, Benavides 2.

F: Edmonds 11, West 9, Johnson 2, Holston 15, Kertley 8, Moore 18, Allen 3.