Oakland Mills sank 10 three-point baskets to defeat Long Reach yesterday, 78-64, and remain tied with Centennial for first place in the county league.
The No. 20-ranked Scorpions, defending county champs, play Hammond Thursday and Centennial Tuesday to conclude the regular season. Hammond is one game behind the two leaders.
The Scorpions (13-7 overall, 12-4 league) fell behind 25-14 in the second quarter at Long Reach (12-8, 10-6), and then went on a three-point shooting spree to trail 34-33 at halftime.
Varnez Nicholson, Lester Jones and Pat Oster each sank a pair of threes in the first half. Nicholson finished 5-for-8 from three-point range with a game-high 23 points. Jones was 3-for-5 from three-point range with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Oakland Mills' leading scorer this season, 6-foot-3 center Cyril Chesson (17.3 average), was shut down early but came on to finish with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Scorpions point guard Glenn Hayman had nine assists and three steals. Teammate Brian Grund scored eight points.
Oakland Mills was badly out-rebounded by Long Reach, but the Lightning shot only 35.7 percent (25-for-70), including 7-for-25 in the fourth quarter when Oakland Mills switched from a man-to-man to a 1-3-1 zone.
"I'm surprised," Oakland Mills coach Dave Appleby said. "I expected a real close game. I don't like shooting threes, but we couldn't get it into Cyril. We knew they had holes we could fill with shooters and Varnez got them."
Kelvin Jones and Josh Gross led the Lightning with 15 points each.