by: Boris Tsalyuk   1/15/2011

Friday night's basketball scores

Raiders find way against Parkdale


GREENBELT – On most nights, a team that goes an entire quarter without scoring isn’t going to find itself celebrating a victory at the final buzzer, but Eleanor Roosevelt managed to do just that on Friday.

Senior guard Cameron Israel found a wide-open Chaun Miller under the basket for the go-ahead lay-in as the Raiders pulled off a 38-37 victory over visiting Parkdale.

Miller scored 20 points to lead the Raiders, who won despite getting outscored 8-0 in the third quarter as Parkdale took the lead.

“We didn’t play very good offense – it’s happened before,” Roosevelt coach Brendan O’Connell said. “We were doing a little bit of everything. We turned it over some and Parkdale played good ‘D,’ let’s give them credit. We had some shots go in and out.”

Oddly, it was a miss in the fourth quarter that ended up working out in Roosevelt’s favor. After Miller shot long on a 3-pointer with a minute remaining and the Raiders (8-3 overall, 6-1 in 4A) trailing by one point, the ball was tipped around before being corralled by Israel, who found Miller standing alone under the basket for the winning bucket.

“It was good to see a loose ball win the game for us,” O’Connell said. “We talk about those kind of, like, hustle plays a lot, and we came up with a loose ball and it ended up winning the game for us.”

The Raiders led 11-9 after the first quarter, and built a 12-point lead in the second quarter before Parkdale scored six points in the waning seconds to cut the halftime deficit to 26-20. Miles made a free throw after getting fouled with 2.4 second remaining, and after a Roosevelt turnover, Straughn hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Panthers (6-5, 4-3) used that run to jumpstart themselves both offensively and defensively in the third quarter, and came back to take a 28-26 lead heading into the final frame.

“Pretty much we didn’t want to extend too much on them,” PHS coach Tremaine Price said of his team’s defensive strategy. “We felt it was to our advantage to play back and force them to shoot long jump shots. Miller, he hit some, but we could live with that. Everybody else really wasn’t hitting, and we were able to crash boards and get out and go.”

Roosevelt outscored the Panthers 12-9 in the fourth quarter to take the lead, but Parkdale had one good shot at the win late. With 17 seconds to go in the game, PHS inbounded the ball to senior point guard Adrien Straughn, who let the clock tick down to seven seconds before driving hard to the basket. Straughn tried to drop the ball off for teammate Kenneth Miles, but Miles was expecting Straughn to shoot and never saw the ball as it bounced off of him and out of bounds.

“We had a lot of different variations of what was supposed to happen,” Price said. “Definitely things happened, and we had to improvise and go with what happened. But pretty much, if things break down, I’m confident that [Straughn] can get into the lane and make something happen. I told him for future reference, ‘Just shoot the ball. Put it on the backboard and let the bigs go after it.”

Roosevelt’s ensuing long inbounds pass went through the hands of junior forward Shawn Petty, giving Parkdale the ball back with 2.8 seconds remaining. The Raiders had a foul to give, though, and fouled Straughn before he could get a shot off with 0.5 seconds on the clock.

Roosevelt played Friday’s game without versatile senior swingman Prince Okoroh, and O’Connell didn’t divulge a reason for his absence.

“He just wasn’t available tonight, and I’ll leave it at that,” O’Connell said. “Obviously, we missed him. I mean, he’s one of the best rebounders in the county – and scorers, and players – so yeah, we missed him.”

Price said the fact that his team came so close to victory didn’t do anything to ease the sting of the defeat.

“It’s not about us getting moral victories,” he said. “We need to get the ‘W.’ That’s most important, especially when we’ve worked really hard. We worked really hard this week getting prepared for them, so it’s not moral victories right now. We believe that we can compete with anybody, and we did that; we just didn’t come out with a ‘W.’”


Parkdale       9 11 8 9 – 37

Roosevelt   11 15 0 12 – 38


Miles 10, Straughn 8, Cooley 7, Green 5, Beach 3, Brown 2, Gordon 2.


Miller 20, Israel 5, Petty 5, Allonce 4, Charles 2, Miles 2.

Parkdale       9 11 8 9 – 37

Roosevelt   11 15 0 12 – 38

3-Point Goals—P 5 (Cooley 2, Beach, Straughn, Miles), ER 4 (Miller 3, Israel). Totals Fouls: P 11, ER 9. Fouled Out— None.