E. Roosevelt guard Trevor Evans hits dramatic Buzzer-Beater 3 to sink arch-rival DuVal
When asked if it was the biggest shot of his life a huge smile appeared on Eleanor Roosevelt’s senior guard Trevor Evans face followed by a “Yes, definitely.”
Eleanor Roosevelt and Duval are separated by just over a mile and they happen to have two of the best basketball teams that Prince George’s County have to offer. So it wasn’t a surprise that there were close to 1400 people in the gym to see the rivals clash in the first of two regular season meetings this year. The game was a back and forth affair the whole way through. Whenever one team would start to make a surge the other team would answer.
Roosevelt seemed to be in complete control as they were up by four, 56-52 and had possession with only 46 seconds left in the game. But DuVal’s pesky defense caused back-to-back-to-back Roosevelt turnovers and turned all three into quick transition buckets. With 27 seconds left in the game DuVal stole the ball from a driving Tiwian Kendley (Roosevelt) and seven seconds later DuVal’s Chad Dickerson hit his only bucket of the game to tie it up at 56. Six seconds later Duval’s Michael Cunningham (13 points) got another DuVal steal and with 7.2 seconds remaining Duval’s Edward Polite (4 points) tipped in Cunningham’s errant runner to give DuVal a 58-56 lead. Everyone in the gym was shocked. What had looked like Eleanor Roosevelt’s third win of the year was now in doubt. DuVal on the other hand was trying to even up their record at 1-1 after losing a heart-breaking opener in over-time, 69-65 to Flowers. Click here to watch the entire, crazy fourth quarter.
So down by two, Roosevelt called a timeout and designed a play for Trevor Evans to go coast to coast. If he got a good look, he was to fire, if they threw a double team on him, he would hit the open man. If he ran in to trouble he knew he had time-outs in his back pocket. So the six foot guard received the inbounds pass from Malachi Alexander, drove the ball past half court, looked at the clock in the corner of his eye, took two more dribbles and pulled up from 23 feet with about three seconds left on the clock. A DuVal defender was right in his face, and contested the shot very well. As the ball swished through the net, the buzzer sounded, and the court was mobbed by teammates, fans, and everyone else who was in the building. The three officials huddled and decided to put eight tenths of a second back on the clock. DuVal threw an errant inbounds pass and Trevor Evans became the hero in Greenbelt on Tuesday night. As it turned out Evans made both the first and last field goals of the game for the victorious Raiders. Click here to see Trevor Evans buzzer beater and the ensuing celebration.
The story of the game was certainly Trevor Evans and his miracle shot but there was a statistic in the game that was absolutely mind-boggling. Roosevelt shot 11-30 from the free throw line while Duval made three of only five attempted free throws in the entire game. Roosevelt, known for their incredible passion on the defensive end of the floor did an unbelievable job in contesting shots and not committing costly fouls.
On Friday Roosevelt should have it’s way versus High Point while DuVal hosts Laurel.
But the date that is on the mind of most people who attended Tuesday night’s game is January 25th where redemption will be on the mind of DuVal and a sweep will be on the mind of Roosevelt.