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Eleanor Roosevelt boys’ basketball overpowers DuVal


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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Roosevelt’s Emmanuel Matey goes up against DuVal’s Tyree Holmes. Matey broke the Raiders’ record for most assists in one game with 15.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Roosevelt’s Emmanuel Matey goes up against DuVal’s Tyree Holmes. Matey broke the Raiders’ record for most assists in one game with 15.

Published on: Thursday, February 07, 2013

By Daniel Kucin

Eleanor Roosevelt sat as the first seed in Prince George’s 4A coming into last Monday’s match-up against DuVal.

The Tigers had the opportunity to upset the Raiders at home with a win and were only one game away from tying for the top spot.

However, Roosevelt dominated DuVal in every facet of the game and came away with an 88-64 victory in a hostile environment.

“It is a big game because we just beat a very good team,” Roosevelt head coach Brendan O’Connell said.

“The top half of this county and this league is very tough, so there are a lot of teams that we can lose to. I thought that we did a good job tonight of pushing the pace and staying fresh and not being fatigued.”

Trevor Evans sent the Tigers packing after a 3-point buzzer beater earlier this season. Evans continued to impress against his cross-town rival with 17 points, and he unloaded five 3-pointers from the perimeter.

Roosevelt forward Malachi Alexander also dominated the boards and led the Raiders in scoring with 19 points.

Roosevelt’s defense was stout, and DuVal’s most prolific scorer, Michael Cunningham, was held to only 15 points.

Cunningham had very little time to set up and find his shot or to facilitate getting the ball to his teammates, and that changed the momentum of the game early on.

O’Connell said that he wanted to limit the number of touches Cunningham could potentially get all game. That, in turn, forced DuVal to use its other role players more extensively and changed what they wanted to do offensively.

Roosevelt senior guard Emmanuel Matey had no trouble finding his teammates. He set a school record for assists with 15 and scored nine points as well.

“Emmanuel put in a great game, and he didn’t have to score to control the game,” Evans said after the victory. “He gave me and my other teammates good looks to score and he is a part of our team. He deserves breaking the assist record.”

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