Court Report This Week in District High School Basketball

Court Report This Week in District High School Basketball

By Alan Goldenbach
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 7, 2008

Coolidge and Theodore Roosevelt took basketball fans on a trip down memory lane last week. The Colts' 70-67 victory at home Jan. 29 not only put them clearly in the driver's seat for the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association West Division title, but also was reminiscent of league games of the 1970s and '80s that brought out some of the best games in the Washington area.

"It was one of those old Interhigh classics," Coolidge Coach Vaughn Jones said, "going back and forth, a packed gym, the crowd going crazy."

This meeting was much more dramatic than when Coolidge won, 65-53, on Jan. 10. Last week, Roosevelt senior D'Angelo Johnson sent the game into overtime with a basket at the buzzer.

After Darin Drakeford made two free throws with seven seconds left to tie the game again, another overtime was looming.

But Coolidge didn't call a timeout to sketch a play. Point guard Daquante Thompson pushed the ball up court, weaving through defenders. On the left wing, he spotted Zack Webb, who wasn't ready for a shot. But with time running out, Webb didn't have much of a choice. He threw up a one-handed shot fading away as time ran out.

It swished through the net.

"It was like a movie scene," Jones said. "The whole stadium erupted and ran out onto the floor. For my kids to pull that out, that shows me my kids might be on the path to being a championship team. That's determination."

Coolidge began this week having won 11 in a row after struggling through a tough December schedule that included Washington Catholic Athletic Conference teams DeMatha, Good Counsel and McNamara plus traditionally strong National Christian.

"We started off the season with high expectations and I knew there would be a bull's eye on our backs," Jones said. "That's why we scheduled all those WCAC games at the beginning. If we did what we had to do, we'd be ready for the City Title Game.

"But first, our focus is on [winning] the league and we're almost there."

It might have been a moral victory, though, for Roosevelt, which has been the one DCIAA team to play the Colts close, and last week's game was the closest yet.

"We closed the gap," Rough Riders Coach Rob Nickens said, "and that's important. They're a real good team, and this one told us we can play with them."

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