By CHRIS McMANES — Mike Jones could easily put together a non-conference schedule that would almost guarantee his DeMatha basketball team wins every game. But that isn't why young men come to play for such a storied program.
"We schedule as tough as we do because we know in the long run it's going to benefit us," said Jones, whose team plays at Eleanor Roosevelt on Thursday night.
DeMatha (4-1) played two tough games on Dec. 8-9 in the ARS/Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest Washington, D.C. The nationally sixth-ranked Stags fell to No. 3 IMG Academy before bouncing back to down Roman Catholic.
The showcase event, played at DeMatha's Looney Convocation Center and streamed live by Monumental Sports Network, largely matched top local programs against some of the nations' finest teams. Montverde (Fla.) Academy entered and departed No. 1 in the USA. One of their weekend victories came against No. 7 Sunrise Christian of Wichita, Kan.
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