GREENBELT – Through two and a half quarters on Friday night the DeMatha Catholic High School Stags and Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders were locked in a defensive struggle, but senior guard Terrell Allen stepped up in the second half to lead DeMatha to a 78-54 victory. “We’re a team that if we are scoring 20 something […]
GREENBELT – Through two and a half quarters on Friday night the DeMatha Catholic High School Stags and Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders were locked in a defensive struggle, but senior guard Terrell Allen stepped up in the second half to lead DeMatha to a 78-54 victory.
“We’re a team that if we are scoring 20 something points in a half then something is wrong,” said DeMatha head coach Mike Jones. “We need to be putting up way more points than that. I think Terrell kind of took it upon himself in the second half to be way more aggressive and get us going.”
Early on both teams used presses on defense to try and force the other team to make mistakes. The full-court press worked for DeMatha, as a turnover led to a right-hand dunk by Markelle Fultz to give his team a 5-1 lead and bring the crowd to its feet. By the end of the first quarter the Stags held a slim 13-11 and both teams were already in the business.
The fouls continued in the second quarter for both teams, making it hard for either team to set up their offense and run their sets.
“I mean we talk about that (fouls) all the time so we’re not going let that be an excuse,” said Roosevelt head coach Brendan O’Connell. “We’ve got to work on everything. We’ve got to defend better. We’ve got to share the ball. I didn’t think we executed very well offensively today. We’ve just got to keep getting better every day. We have a lot of stuff to work on; I just can’t pin point one or two things.”
At halftime the teams had combined to commit 34 fouls, and the Stags had a 29-28 lead.
In the second half DeMatha picked up the offense behind the steady play of Allen, who scored 12 of his game-high 19 points in the second half. and sharp shooting of Nate Darling. Darling hit his first three of the half just seconds into the third quarter.
“I feel like when I got in transition there were lanes for me to get open and get to the basket. I just took advantage of that,” Allen said. “Once I did that, I started kicking out to my teammates like Nate, Markelle and D.J. Harvey. They started making shots and made it easier on me.”
As the fourth quarter began the Stags held a comfortable double-digit lead. Darling started the third quarter by using a crossover to free himself to hit a three over a Raider defender and two possessions later hit another three. The shot gave the Stags a comfortable 59-39 lead to put the game out of reach for Roosevelt.
“Tonight I was shooting shots within the offense,” Darling said. “My teammates were looking for me. I wasn’t forcing anything, I was taking open shots and I’m going knock them down. I hit a couple shots, then that one I was feeling so I made a move hit a shot. I was hyped to get the team going.”
Takoma Academy transfer Doyin Fadojutimi scored a game-high 19 points for the Raiders, including two three pointers late in the fourth quarter. Ishmail Jabbie, one of the lone players still on the team from the Raiders’ 2013 state championship team, added 11 points.
The DeMatha Stags moved to 2-0 on the season and will visit Magruder High School on Monday evening. Eleanor Roosevelt falls to 0-1 on the season and will look to rebound as they visit the Suitland Rams on Tuesday.