Roosevelt boys basketball team routs Servite to win Big Daddy Tournament
By Matt Jocks
PERRIS — An 18-0 scoring run would be impressive enough for most teams, but the Roosevelt defense aims higher. So, Saturday, the Mustangs put up those numbers with a twist – allowing Anaheim Servite to get off just one shot in the process.
The run was a highlight but hardly the end of a dominant defensive performance that carried Roosevelt to a 63-39 victory in the title game of the Big Daddy Tournament at Citrus Hill.
“That’s what we’re known for. That’s our identity,” Roosevelt coach Stephen Singleton said. “We try to lock it up on defense. We love the challenge of doing that every night.”
The Mustangs (4-0) play man-to-man with a smothering combination of aggression and cohesion, working as a five-man unit. The result tied Servite (3-1) in fits, forcing nine turnovers in the first quarter and 16 in the first half.
Many of those turnovers came long before the Friars could come close to setting up a shot. In the first half, Roosevelt forced three five-second calls and a 10-second call.
Senior wing David Agba had three of the Mustangs’ seven steals in the first half.
“It’s a lot of hard work in practice,” Agba said of Roosevelt’s defensive dominance. “We go at it hard against each other. And we feel like we have the best players to go at it with.”
Servite stung Roosevelt in the early going, hitting three straight three-pointers to grab a quick lead. However, the 18-0 run staked the Mustangs to a 13-point lead and Servite never got it to single digits […]