Friday, January 21, 2011
Roosevelt fought back from a 15-point deficit on Thursday.
The Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders traveled to Bowie on Thursday to play a snow-delayed game originally scheduled for last week. The Raiders (9-3) came into the contest riding a six-game winning streak, while the Bulldogs (5-7) had won three in a row of their own. Although the game looked bleak for the Raiders over the first 10 minutes, their accurate shooting and lack of turnovers over the final three quarters allowed them to come back from down 15 to win 53-46. Worst of the night: Roosevelt missed 14 of its first 15 shots on its way to an 18-2 second-quarter deficit. The Raiders also turned the ball over ten times in the first quarter alone. Best of the night: In contrast to the game’s opening minutes, the Raiders started the fourth quarter …
Saturday, January 15, 2011
The Raiders were blanked in the third quarter, but made a strong push to end the game.
On a night when points were hard to come by, the Eleanor Roosevelt High School basketball team benefitted from a miss that bounced right to the perfect spot. Senior guard Cameron Israel corralled a Chaun Miller miss and found a wide-open Miller under the basket for the go-ahead lay-up with 51 seconds remaining as the Raiders escaped with a 38-37 victory over Parkdale on Friday. “I was just in the zone,” Israel said. “I saw Chaun miss the shot, and I went to get the rebound just so we could have a second opportunity at something. NieRonn [Miles] tipped it up, and I just happened to get it and saw Chaun and just dropped it off.” Miller scored a game-high 20 points for Roosevelt, which improved to 8-3 overall and 6-1 against 4A opponents. His…
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Roosevelt took care of the Clippers with ease on Friday.
There was something special about the first quarter this week for the Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders. They shut out Northwestern 16-0 in their win on Tuesday, and Friday’s opening period against Oxon Hill proved just as fruitful, as the Raiders pulled ahead 25-7 after eight minutes. “It’s just unselfish basketball. We’re finding the open man and he’s taking the time to shoot and score,” said forward Hakeem Allonce. In Friday’s first quarter, the Raiders (7-3) shot 10/16 from the floor, including four made three pointers. While their pace slowed over the final three quarters, Roosevelt still pulled out the easy 72-52 victory over the Clippers (0-6). For the game, Roosevelt shot 49.1 percent (28/57) from the field, which is by far their best mark…
Friday, January 7, 2011
Roosevelt point guard Jamal Sims has committed to play basketball in the Ivy League next fall, but has injuries to overcome and his senior year to complete first.
Of all the senior talent on the Eleanor Roosevelt boys' basketball team this year, it was point guard Jamal Sims who was the first to commit to a college program, and he sure set the bar high. Next fall Sims will take his talents 200 miles north, where he will study and play basketball at Columbia University. His recruitment process was fairly brisk, transpiring entirely in the off-season. After being invited to the school’s summer prospect camp by Assistant Basketball Coach Michael Murphy, it was the connection Sims felt to the coaching staff and current roster at Columbia that made his decision simple. “I met [Assistant Coach Carlin] Hartman there and he was the one that really recruited me,” Sims said. “I felt like we connected because …
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Raiders' Coach talks to Matt Zenitz about the season, his roster, and how things are going so far.
Eleanor Roosevelt basketball coach Brendan O'Connell recently spoke with Patch's Matt Zenitz on Fox 1370 AM in Baltimore. Zenitz and the station were kind enough to share the audio of that interview with us. Take a listen below. To keep up with local sports, visit www.twitter.com/patchsportsmd.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Okoroh is garnering plenty of Division-I interest thanks to his play on the court.
It didn't take Eleanor Roosevelt Coach Brendan O'Connell long to recognize Prince Okoroh's upside. Even while he refined his offensive game early in his career, the versatile Okoroh was a force for the Raiders both defensively and on the boards. Now that he's improved on the offensive end as well, the 6-foot-5 Okoroh, primarily a forward, has not only established himself as one of the better players in the area, but also as a legitimate NCAA Division-I prospect. The senior has received offers from Brown, Columbia, Howard, UMBC and the Citadel and has also garnered interest from schools like Fordham, among several others. "It was early that we knew we had something special," O'Connell said. "He's always been a kid that has done whatever we …
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The Raiders narrowly avoided their third straight loss on Tuesday.
Having fallen out of the Washington Post's rankings after losing two straight games, the Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders were on shaky ground on Tuesday. A loss to a winless DuVal team would put the Raiders in an even greater tailspin, heading them straight for the drawing board, back to square-one. It was far from easy, but Roosevelt (3-3) made sure that did not happen, beating the Tigers (0-5) in overtime by a final score of 47-43. Roosevelt Coach Brendan O'Connell went with a strikingly different rotation on Tuesday, opting to bring second leading scorer Chaun Miller off the bench rather than include him in the starting unit. Senior Hakeem Allonce found himself on the court to start the game, despite scoring just five points all season. "…
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Roosevelt won by 26 on Monday after letting High Point threaten their third-quarter lead.
Tuesday's matchup between the Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders and the visiting High Point Eagles was entirely unpredictable. From wavering scores to erratic refereeing, the contest, which the Raiders won 74-48, was as entertaining as a blowout can be. In Maryland high school basketball, representatives from each team are required to show the referee a scorebook with an official roster, including the starting five, 10 minutes before the game starts. An unprepared High Point staff failed to have their book ready at the designated time, incurring a technical foul long before the game even started on Tuesday. Due to the clerical gaffe, the game officially started not with a tip-off, but with two free throws by Raider Chaun Miller, both of which he …
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Roosevelt beat Laurel 67-48 on Friday evening.
It took a quarter to get their footing, but the Roosevelt basketball team certainly did on Friday, as they earned their first win of the year in a 67-48 victory over Laurel. In contrast to Monday's season opener, a 35-36 loss to River Hill, the Raiders came out upbeat against Laurel, ready to run and moving the ball with a greater sense of urgency. Roosevelt's lead was just four points after the first period. The Raiders (1-1) turned the ball over seven times in the first quarter alone, a motif that would continue throughout the entire game. Laurel (1-1) put on a press consistently throughout the game. It proved most effective early in both forcing turnovers and limiting points. Time wore on however, and Roosevelt managed to break the …