Seven weeks ago, Eleanor Roosevelt senior Trevor Evans brought the home fans streaming out of the bleachers with a buzzer-beating three-pointer to beat DuVal, 59-58. The 6-foot-1 guard weaved his way up court and delivered, helping the Raiders escape with victory despite an otherwise disastrous final minute filled with turnovers. The highlight also earned the top spot in the second edition of AllMetSports.com’s Top Plays. (Scroll to the 3:25 mark of the video below for that clip.)
Well, DuVal hasn’t lost since, and the 12th-ranked Tigers (12-2, 9-2 PG 4A) have their opportunity for revenge tonight when they welcome No. 9 Eleanor Roosevelt (14-1, 10-1) to Lanham with a share of the Prince George’s 4A lead on the line. The teams had to wait a few extra days for the rematch after Friday’s snow wiped out most of the area schedule.
Eleanor Roosevelt had its perfect run ended with a loss to Bowie last week, but the Raiders got to the top of the standings with a balanced scoring attack led by Evans and 6-foot-5 senior swingman Tiwian Kendley. Evans has hit 40 three pointers in his past 11 games and made 44 percent from three-point range for the season. Senior forward Malachi Alexander, a 6-foot-7 Holy Cross recruit, does a little bit of everything in the post.
DuVal senior guard Charles Ekeanyanwu paced the comeback effort last time with 20 points, and junior guard Michael Cunningham (20.2 ppg) has emerged as the team’s go-to scorer, continuing to become more comfortable at his third high school in as many years. Both players have appeared on the All-Met Watch this season.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Follow @edetweiler on Twitter for updates from Lanham.