Roosevelt Tops Wise 63-62 In 4A South Rivalry Game

2:59 PM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
Roosevelt senior guard Trevor Evans scores one of two foul shots that would secure the Raiders' 63-62 win over Wise on Dec. 18, 2012.
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GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA) -- In a game that came down to the final seconds of regulation, Roosevelt inched past Wise, 63-62, on Tuesday night.

There were just 23.5 seconds left in the game when Wise center Micah Till drove to the basket, rebounded the ball and scored, putting the Pumas ahead 62-61.


Roosevelt brought the ball back into play. Senior guard Emmanuel Matey found Trevor Evans. Evans was fouled and as he stepped up to the charity stripe, the gym was silent in anticipation.

The senior guard sank his first shot with a decisive, "swish," and the Raiders' side of the gym, which was packed to the last row of bleachers, broke out into cheers. After a quick timeout, Evans returned to the free-throw line for his second shot -- it went in. The gym once again erupted in cheers.

Roosevelt ultimately ran down the clock. Evans had secured the Raiders' one-point victory, 63-62.

"I tried to stay calm, help my team win because I knew I had to make both of them," said Evans after the game.

Last year, Roosevelt fell to Magruder, 39-36, at the Maryland 4A State Championships. This year, they are focused on making it back to Comcast Center. Tuesday's win bumped the Raiders' record to 5-0.

"We have to work hard every single day in practice ... we have to worry about staying together and ... defense, because that's what we pride ourselves on," said Evans, who finished the game with 21 points, 12 of which came from three-pointers.

Wise, who is a classic 4A rival, proved to be a formidable opponent. The Pumas essentially matched the Raiders point for point and maintained their composure on offense against Roosevelt's high-pressure zone coverage. Till led his team in scoring with 15 points, followed by senior guard Markell Young, who finished the night with 12 points. 

Wise will take on Laurel Thursday night while Roosevelt faces Suitland.

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