Junior forward Deion Haynes came off the bench for 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists in the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider’s landslide victory over H.D. Woodson, 77-50, in the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) championship game on Feb. 25.

The Rough Riders put on an electrifying show, and their relentless offensive attack proved to be too much for Woodson to handle. Woodson, which has won eight consecutive games, only attempted 37 shots compared to Roosevelt’s 58.

“He’s a tremendous athlete, but his desire to win is what separates him from a lot of people,” said Roosevelt head coach Rob Nickens on Haynes’ MVP performance. “You can’t teach heart.”

Roosevelt had four players reach double digits, including senior guard Jarell Allen, who recorded a game-high 17 points and 5 steals. Senior guard Johnnie Shuler—DCIAA co-player of the year—scored 11 points, while junior forward Anthony Whitney added 12 points.

Roosevelt has reached the DCIAA title game five times in the last seven years, and won three out of five. This is its first title since 2011, as Coolidge High School took home the crown in 2012 and 2013.

Woodson had won eight consecutive games, including an upset at Roosevelt back on Feb. 4 when Woodson came back from a 17 point deficit to stun Roosevelt with a 54-53 victory.

“Last time, we let up in the second half, and they came back to win the game,” said Shuler. “This time, we had to finish them off.”

Woodson was led by senior guard Devin Smith, who scored 14 points. Sophomore forward Antwon Walker also contributed eight points and three blocks.


Breana Pitts

Special to the AFRO