Coolidge Defeats Roosevelt, Claims Second Straight DCIAA Title

6:22 PM, Mar 5, 2013   |    comments
  • Coolidge big man, David Kadiri, scored 20 points in Monday's DCIAA boys' championship.
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WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) -- The Coolidge Colts defeated Roosevelt, 62-61, on Monday night to claim their second straight DC Interscholastic Athletic Association title.

It was a fast-paced match-up from the outset. Coolidge big man David Kadiri was first to score and his teammate, Kory Cooley was the last.

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The game was tied, 61-61, with just 13 seconds left when Cooley, a 6-foot-2 junior, was fouled. He stepped up to the free-throw line and sunk his first shot. He missed the second, but the Colts were able to hold on for the victory, 62-61, over Roosevelt.

"Kory struggled a little bit early, but he made some huge shots ... That free-throw, that was the game-winner," said Coolidge head coach Vaughn Jones.

Kadiri, a senior, who transfered to Coolidge from National Christian Academy this year, finished the night with 20 points.

"I feel very happy, just that I was able to help my team in contributing to getting their second DCIAA championship," said Kadiri.

Roosevelt was a fierce opponent. Guards Michael Warren and Johnnie Shuler led the Rough Riders in scoring with 20 and 19 points respectively.

The Colts and the Rough Riders could meet again. The DC State Athletic Association (DCSAA) will be hosting its first District-wide basketball tournament, in which top public school teams will face off against the city's charter and independent schools.

Coolidge will welcome Perry St. Prep on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. while Roosevelt hosts National Collegiate. The winner of those two games will play each other in the semifinals on Saturday at Trinity University. 

If the Colts and the Rough Riders come out victorious, fans could be watching a repeat of the DCIAA championship.

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