The Washington High School boys' basketball team has gone through growing pains this season, but after outlasting Lowell in overtime in a raucous Kezar Pavilion on Friday night, the Eagles secured the signature victory they've been seeking all season.
Washington (14-10, 6-3) upset rival Lowell in the "Battle of the Birds," outscoring the Cardinals 11-0 in overtime en route to a 59-48 victory in Academic Athletic Association play.
With the win, the Eagles moved a half-game ahead of Lowell and Balboa for sole possession of fourth place in the AAA, and 3½ games behind first-place Lincoln.
Junior guard Armani Hall scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half for Washington, which took control of the game after Lowell senior guard Alex Hsiao's four-point play gave Lowell a 24-18 lead with 6:30 left in the third quarter.
Lowell (14-9, 6-4) had momentum on its side going into halftime, when senior guard Sammy Pollard stole a Washington pass and went the length of the court, hitting a layup as the halftime horn sounded.
Cardinals senior guard Evan Louie finished with a game-high 19 points, but it wasn't enough as four Eagles finished in double-figures.
Washington, nearly blew a 43-35 lead in the fourth quarter, but remained composed enough to run away with the game in overtime.
Earlier in the night, the Lowell girls' basketball team continued its AAA dominance with a 53-33 win over Washington. Cardinals senior Triara Anderson had a game-high 21 points as Lowell outscored Washington 18-4 in the fourth quarter.
Lowell (18-4, 8-0) remained 1½ games in front of second place Galileo while Washington (8-11, 5-1) fell into a second-place tie with Galileo.