POTOMAC – Bullis captured the Interstate Athletic Conference tournament championship Saturday night with a thrilling 62-60 victory over Georgetown Prep before a sold-out crowd.
The contest marked the third meeting between the IAC rivals with both teams each having won a game in the season series.
Bullis junior guard Vado Morse sank a pair of foul shots with 1.8 seconds left to give the boys basketball program its first IAC tournament championship in three years.
“Vado, he’s come a long way,” said Bullis senior Chyree Walker. “From when I first arrived at Bullis, his game has always shown that he can be a good player and over the years he’s been working and it really showed tonight.”
Morse led four Bullis players in double figures with 16 points while Walker (15 points) and senior guard Raffy Baumgardner (12 points) also contributed in the win. Phillip Smith, a sophomore wing, finished with 11 points and junior guard Lincoln Yeutter added eight points for the Bulldogs.
“Since I’ve been here we’ve fallen short twice,” said Walker, a Delaware recruit. “It means a lot. It’s very surreal.”
Walker’s second quarter slam dunk gave Bullis a 37-25 advantage with about two minutes remaining before intermission. The 6-foot-6 wing also had a slam dunk in the fourth quarter that excited the crowd.
“Going into the game I just felt like I had to give it my all,” said Walker. “[It was my] last game and I had to leave it all on the court.”
Bullis (19-6) held a 14-point lead early in the fourth quarter on Morse’s basket with 7:01 remaining but Georgetown Prep (20-6) began to rally behind junior guard Jared Bynum, who finished with a game-high 27 points.
Georgetown Prep juniors Mezie Offurum and Ike Nweke each scored 10 points for the Little Hoyas.
Bynum’s three-point play with 3:28 remaining cut the deficit to 60-54 and he later knocked down a pair of free throws with 1:51 left to trim the Bullis lead to 60-58.
“You’ve got to give them credit,” said Bullis head coach Bruce Kelley, who guided the Bulldogs to three consecutive IAC tournament championships from 2012-14. “We knew they would never leave. We did some things to allow them to come back as well. They’re very, very good. They made us very concerned.”
Georgetown Prep junior wing Mezie Offurum knocked down a pair of free throws with 24.3 seconds left to tie the game at 60 apiece before Morse was sent to the foul line in the waning moments.
“Before I was here they actually had a streak of winning IAC championships so we want to start that back over,” said Morse.