With just over two minutes to play in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) boys’ basketball championship game, H.D. Woodson junior Clenteous McCoy III had no problem tuning out the thunderous crowd at Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 27. McCoy zeroed in on the basket and made a three-pointer to give Woodson its first lead since the first quarter. Moments later, junior Kavon Montgomery scored on a fast break layup to secure the win, and No. 1 Woodson defeated No. 2 Coolidge, 42-36, to become the DCIAA Champions.
“You just got to be confident,” said McCoy. “We worked hard all season, and it just paid off.”
After losing to Theodore Roosevelt in last year’s 2014 DCIAA Championship, Woodson returned this season more determined than ever to take home the school’s first DCIAA title in boys’ basketball. Their hard work was evident, as the Warriors went 15-0 in the league, and 23-5 overall.
“Every year is a new year. We’ve been playing that way all season, and haven’t been dwelling on the past,” said Woodson head coach Trey Mines.
Unlike the teams’ last meeting in December—when Woodson beat Coolidge, 80-59— the championship game was a defensive battle. Woodson junior Antwon Walker, DCIAA player of the year, only scored two points. Coolidge star Justin Route only scored one point. In fact, McCoy was the only player on both teams to score in double digits with 11 points.
“We had a ‘down-by-10’ mentality…not letting them leak out too much and not letting them create that separation,” coach Mines told reporters after the game. “It paid off for us. We’re champions.”