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Boys' basketball: Eleanor Roosevelt pushes past Bishop McNamara

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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Emmanuel Matey, left, was on the floor for 27 minutes and helped his offense click as the game progressed.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Emmanuel Matey, left, was on the floor for 27 minutes and helped his offense click as the game progressed.

Published on: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

By Daniel Kucin

Eleanor Roosevelt was invited to participate in the sixth annual National High School Hoops Festival Saturday at DeMatha Catholic High School, and the Raiders were ready to give Bishop McNamara all that it could handle.

The Raiders defeated McNamara 71-58 and handed the Mustangs their first loss of the season.

However, McNamara showed why it has won three games to start off its young season with impressive defensive play front-lined by Tony Aranda, who snagged two rebounds and recorded two blocks and a steal.

Back court pressure gave the Raiders a chance to force turnovers, keeping the game close throughout the first half.

“I want to see us cut down on some turnovers, but I really like the way we have come together as a team,” Roosevelt head coach Brendan O’Connell said. “We got down early, and nobody panicked and (they) stuck together. And, they are playing hard, so that’s all we want to ask from them.”

Roosevelt held the advantage for the duration of the first quarter, but the Mustangs bounced back to tie the game 28-28 with superb play from Stephan Jiggetts and Jerron Martin, who combined for 45 points.

“They have good size. We just had to work the boards better,” Eleanor Roosevelt’s Lerenzo Foote said. “We played this team as a whole. We have to strap it down on defense; that is what this program is about. We just have to strap it down on defense.”

Foote posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds to be named the game’s most valuable player.

Roosevelt’s young reserves played a huge role in the victory, accounting for 22 points.

The Mustangs couldn’t match the intensity and production beyond the arch to make a late comeback but were down only two points at the end of the third quarter. McNamara now drops to a 3-2 record and will face an opponent that is looking for its first win this week against Archbishop Carroll.

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