SAN JOSE -- With its coach away on business, Leigh seemed well on its way to making things easy Wednesday night on assistant Drew McGhie.

But after opening a 19-point lead after three quarters, the Longhorns had to sweat out the fourth before sealing a 67-59 victory over Leland.

The host Chargers scored 15 of the first 16 points in the final quarter to cut the margin to five.

Two free throws by Ryan Nguyen made it 61-57 with 1:03 left.

But Leigh hit six free throws in the final minute to win its first game without Patrick Judge on the bench since the coach took over the program five years ago.

"We started rushing it a little bit, and they started making shots," McGhie said of the fourth-quarter comeback. "You've got to give them credit."

Leigh led the Blossom Valley Athletic League Mount Hamilton Division game throughout as center Jared Williams scored 22 points and Josh Verner had 16.

Williams dominated the third quarter, overpowering the smaller Chargers near the basket. The 6-foot-6 senior had 12 in the third quarter, including five field goals.

"Jared is just great; he controls the middle," McGhie said. "He pretty much swallows up almost every rebound that's available. He's a stud."

Verner ended the third quarter with the best play of the night, stealing the ball at one end and dribbling through traffic before spotting up for a 3-pointer in the corner as the clock was about to reach zero.

The ball swished through the hoop, giving the Longhorns a 57-38 lead heading to the fourth.

But Leland (10-4, 2-2) did not quit. The Chargers needed only four minutes to pull to within 58-53.

"We didn't have the best fourth quarter, but we made some key free throws at the end," Williams said. "Won the game. That's the most important part, as long as we got that win."

And Leigh (13-1, 4-0) did it without Judge, who had never missed a game.

"I know it's killing him," McGhie said. "I actually got to go get on the phone and give him the update. Let him talk to the guys. But he'll be back in two days and be back for Friday's game."

James Kelbert led Leland with 18 points, in a lunch pail and hard hat type performance. Zahir Best-Simmons had 13 points and Justin Wong had 12. But their production wasn't enough.

"We were a little bit tentative, and it just took us too long to figure out that we could do this," Leland coach Steve Seandel said. "But the chances of us coming back from that deficit ... I'm proud of our guys. But they've got to understand that with a team like that, you can't dig that kind of hole."

Leigh 67, Leland 59

Leigh 16"‚20"‚21"‚10--67

Leland 11"‚14"‚13"‚21--59

Leigh (13-1, 4-0) -- Verner 6-0-16, Giacchetti 4-3-11, Watanabe 2-0-6, Miller 0-1-1, Williams 8-6-22, Peterson 1-0-3, Morrison 2-2-8. Total 23-12-67.

Leland (10-4, 2-2) -- Kim 3-0-6, Kelbert 8-1-18, Rohrer 2-0-5, Nguyen 1-3-5, Best-Simmons 4-5-13, Wong 4-1-12. Total 22-10-59.

Three-point goals -- Verner 4, Watanabe 2, Peterson, Morrison 2; Kelbert, Rohrer, Wong 3.