E Roosevelt Ruins Roddy Peters’ Going Away Party With 75-66 Comeback Victory
Roddy Peters, a 6’4″ pure point guard has played his last high school game. The Suitland Ram senior will have his season end early due to a torn labrum in his left shoulder that he suffered playing AAU ball this summer.
Peters was able to play through the injury, and could still play with the injury, but as he prepares to take his talents to College Park and play for Mark Turgeon and the Maryland Terrapins all parties thought it would be best if Peters had the surgery now so he can be on schedule to start practicing with the Terps this summer. In his last career game he scored a game high 24 points to go along with his five assists despite constant double teams even when he was playing off the ball. “We wanted to make him work just to catch the ball” explained Eleanor Roosevelt coach Brendan O’Connell. Peters knew Roosevelt would be keying in on him. Peters commented “I knew they were going to try to come out and double team me, Roosevelt always do what they do (play great defense)”.
Peters scored 14 first half points and had Suitland in control as they led for the entire first half. At the break the Rams held a 34-29 advantage. But Roosevelt turned it up in the second half, despite their marquee big man Malachi Alexander being plagued by foul trouble. Roosevelt closed the show on a 12-5 run in the last 2:43 to stay undefeated at 5-0 as they head to their Christmas tournament at Old Mill High School with a first round match-up versus City College out of Baltimore City on December 27th.
Roosevelt was led by senior Tiwian Kendley on Thursday night who scored a team high 22 points despite injuring his knee in the fourth quarter and not returning. Kendley did tell us after the game the knee is fine. Kendley scored 14 of his points in the second half and senior Trevor Evans scored 11 in second half as well. Roosevelt outscored Suitland 46-32 in the second half.
Those who follow Capitol Hoops have really gotten a good taste of Peters over the last couple years and the Rams will really miss him. Peters is the loan returning starter from last year’s team. After the game Suitland head coach George McClure got on the microphone and thanked Peters for his contributions to the Suitland basketball organization and his loyalty for staying with the Rams despite a multitude of offers to go play for high profile private schools in the DMV. Peters is set to have the labrum surgery, a 45 minute operation tomorrow, Friday, December 22nd. He will be sidelined for approximately six months before he can return to full contact basketball. Capitol Hoops would like to wish Roddy the very best with his surgery and future career with the Terps.