GREENBELT – Behind an outstanding performance by senior power guard Isaiah Gross who scored 28 points and senior guard Cameron Brown contributing 12 points, the Raiders won their first 4A South regional title since its 2016 title run.
Senior guard Samuel Tabe led High Point with 13 points, while guard Darien Cortez contributed 11 points.
Both teams struggled to score for most of the opening quarter. There were a slew of missed jumpers and easy layups.
However, Roosevelt got hot with a little under two minutes left and went on an 11-0 run, highlighted by Brown jab-stepping his defender out of his shoes as he rose up for a dunk just before the buzzer went off.
That 11-0 run extended into the second quarter with the Raiders extending it a 22-0 run and a 24-3 Roosevelt lead.
The Raiders’ stifling defense forced at multiple turnovers in the second half, including a steal by senior Jaamir Butler that turned into a crowd-pleasing off-the-backboard alley-oop to junior Quinton Mincey.
The Eagles did not score again until halfway into in the first half when junior Kyree Griffan stopped the bleeding with a slicing layup in transition followed up by a sophomore Kesean Griffan 3-pointer that sent the High Point faithful into a frenzy.
The Raiders immediately responded with a silencing 12-0 run, a run that made tensions swell when Gross and Tabe nearly got tangled up resulting in a technical foul on Gross. Following Tabe missing both technical free throws, the halftime score was an insurmountable 36-8 deficit in the Raiders favor.
Down by as much as 33 early in the second half, the Eagles cut the deficit to 23 with a pair of free throws late in the fourth quarter as both programs packed it in and were clearing their bench in the final minutes.
As the buzzer sounded off, the Raiders and their supportive crowd expressed full delight as they danced and celebrated on the court.
Roosevelt will face Dulaney High School next at Xfinity Center on March 14.
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