The DeMatha Stags, as usual, are the champions of the Abe Pollin City Title Game. This victory, however, featured far more intrigue than usual. The No. 4 Stags clinched their sixth City Title in seven years, edging No. 20 Theodore Roosevelt, 52-50, in a thrilling game at the Verizon Center.
The game was close throughout, and Theodore Roosevelt tied the game at 50 in the final minute. DeMatha held the ball down for the final shot, and guard James Robinson was fouled making a spin move to the basket. Robinson made both free throws with four seconds left, and Theodore Roosevelt, who got to this point with some magic in the closing seconds on several occasions, threw the ball away on the ensuing possession to save the win for DeMatha.
The win gives the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference its 10th win in the 11-year history of the game, which pits the private-school city champion against the public-school city champion. This year's game did not have nearly the amount of hype as last year, when then-No. 1 DeMatha topped then-No. 2 Ballou 80-70. However, it was probably a better overall game.