By MARK KELLER
History could be made this afternoon at St. Maria Goretti, but Gaels coach Cokey Robertson wants no part of it.
Goretti beat Xaverian of New York City, 44-42, Saturday night in the semifinals of the Mid-Atlantic Invitational Tournament, earning the right to play DeMatha in today's championship game.
The Stags overcame an 11-0 first-quarter deficit to defeat St. John Neumann, 77-72, in the other semifinal. The win was No. 1,096 for DeMatha coach Morgan Wootten, tying him with Bill Krueger, most recently of Houston Clear Lake, for most wins ever by a high school basketball coach.
Despite a long-time friendship between Robertson and Wootten, Robertson doesn't want to go into the record books in this fashion.
"To go down in history as Morgan's 1,097th win, I don't want to be that," Robertson said. "We get to come out and play in the championship game for the first time in a while, we want to come out and win."