Theodore Roosevelt Continuing Perfection
Tavon Alexander and Everett Quick weren’t dressed for Thursday’s game versus Riverdale Baptist. A huge blow to the 19-0 Rough Riders who have been very dependent on the two seniors.
On the other side of the ball Riverdale was without star guard Nigel Johnson, Khary Doby, and Matthew Woods, all of whom were rumored to be suspended for five games “for not handing an assignment in on time.”
Never the less, both teams were certainly shorthanded, but it may have evened the playing field a bit with both teas missing key contributors.
Roosevelt knew this wouldn’t be an easy one. Any time you have to go up against a skilled, athletic 6’10” big man in Chinanu Onuaku it may present problems. So Roosevelt countered with 6’10” Nick Alexander. Alexander, a bit of a project who see’s time here and there is not a part of the regular rotation. But on a night when the Rough Riders were missing a pair of players from the front court, they opted to go with the big man to help eat space and use a big body in defending Onuaku, a high major prospect.
The game was a back and forth affair through the first half. The teams traded bucket after bucket, three after three. Onuaku had his way with Alexander on the block, but it certainly didn’t come easy.
The game seemed to be up for grabs heading into the fourth but that’s when Roosevelt’s experience, and their execution with the game on the line in killing clock and protecting the ball was brought to the forefront.
Mike Warren had a huge game for the Riders. He was knocking down 3’s playing the point forward position, had a couple huge dunks and the more we see this kid the higher we are on him as a prospect for the next level.
Johnnie Shuler continued to shine, as he ran the show for the only team who is still undefeated in the District, public or private.
Jibreel Faulkner had yet another huge game. He’s just about locked up the DMVs 6th man of the year award. Faulkner showed us what he’s show all season, a great perimeter game and his ability to finish above the rim. With just under three minutes left in the game he sent the gym into pandemonium with the favorite to date for DMV dunk of the year. You can see the dunk here. [
Raeese Hunt and Ronald Whitaker stepped up to help out with the scoring load while Nigel Jihnson was suspended. The tandem combined for 30 points, well over their 16.8 average (combined).
Warren led the Rough Riders with 23 while Shuler and Faulkner added 16 and 10 respectively. Roosevelt nailed a dozen triples on the night.
Roosevelt has another big game next Tuesday at home against rival Coolidge. Riverdale has a very tough schedule in the next week playing the likes of National Christian, Princeton Day, and Maret.