WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) -- Theodore Roosevelt defeated Maret 57-53 Thursday night at the Verizon Center to claim the 2014 D.C. State Athletic Association (DCSAA) boys' title.
"To play on this floor is unbelievable for our kids because they grow up watching NBA basketball," said Rough Riders' head coach Rob Nickens. "We had our work cutout [for us], but our guys believed and in the long run it paid off."
The Rough Riders fell to Coolidge by one point in last year's D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) championship and were determined to prove themselves this season. They defeated H.D. Woodson 77-50 for the DCIAA title and trudged through a competitive DCSAA tournament to finish 25-6 overall.
Senior guard Troy Stancil led the Roosevelt in scoring with 15 points, followed by guard Johnnie Shuler who racked up 11 points.
"We're city champions and state champions," said Nickens. "I'm happy, but I'm more happy for my children. They deserved it, they worked hard."