Kendall Marshall's clutch shots push O'Connell into WCAC semis; Eleanor Roosevelt outlasts Wise in double OT
Friday, March 5, 2010
Trailing by three points with less than 10 seconds left, O'Connell standout guard Kendall Marshall dribbled as fast as he could up the court then pulled up from the top of the key for a game-tying three-pointer with two seconds left.
Marshall then made two free throws early in overtime and junior forward Jordan Burgess had a layup as the visiting Knights beat Good Counsel, 61-57, in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals on Thursday night.
Marshall finished with 25 points.
After the game, O'Connell boarded a bus for Petersburg, where it plays Benedictine on Friday night in the Virginia Independent Schools tournament semifinals, with a possible championship game on Saturday before returning to Washington for Sunday's WCAC semifinal against third-ranked Gonzaga.
"We should get down there around 1 or 1:30," Marshall said in a phone interview during a stop at McDonald's on Thursday night. "Coach [Joe Wootten] said he's going to let us sleep in as late as we want because the game is not until 7."
Having also beaten Gonzaga, 67-55, in their regular season finale, the Knights appear to have plenty of momentum. It is quite a turnaround from the team that had lost 11 of 15 games before starting to pick things up in February.
"Before the season started, this is the type of team we thought we could have," Marshall said. "We had our trials and tribulations, we had our adversity. Now, we're learning how to win games after all we went through."
In other WCAC quarterfinals Thursday, St. John's guards Denzel Primus-Devonish, Chris Martin and Norman Pope combined for 48 points in a 69-61 victory at St. Mary's Ryken. Trailing by six entering the fourth quarter, the Cadets scored 32 points in the final eight minutes. Senior guard Cedrick Lindsay had 22 points and six rebounds as third-ranked Gonzaga beat Bishop McNamara, 64-54. Senior forward Victor Oladipo scored 17 points and junior guard Quinn Cook had 16 as top-ranked DeMatha beat Paul VI Catholic, 81-59.
The night's most exciting finishes might have come in the Maryland 4A South Region, where both regional semifinals required overtime. Eleanor Roosevelt held on at home to beat Wise, 60-58 in double overtime, and visiting High Point ended 10th-ranked Oxon Hill's 16-game winning streak, 74-65.
Eleanor Roosevelt trailed 13-0 to start the game and scored just one point in the first quarter before rallying for a 19-18 halftime lead. It was back and forth down the stretch, but things did not look good for the Raiders with starting center Alex Bates and starting forward Prince Okoroh fouling out while starting guard David Abraham sat on the bench with an injured ankle.
Roosevelt held for the final shot of regulation and missed, then led by six in overtime until Wise sophomore Keith Shivers made consecutive three-pointers to tie the game. The Raiders again missed a potential game-winning shot at the end of overtime.
But in the second overtime, Roosevelt sophomore forward Chaun Miller made a key three-pointer from the corner. After going 1 of 8 from the line in the fourth quarter, the Raiders were 9 of 9 in the two extra periods.