Eleanor Roosevelt's basketball team has a simple game plan: play excellent defense and lull the opposition to sleep with delay tactics.
Since falling to Gwynn Park, 32-27, in a game the losing coach, Larry Gandee, termed as "weird, unbelievable." Roosevelt has stormed back to win five straight bames by taking the air out of the ball. The second-year school is 5-1 in the Prince George's AB League, one-half game ahead of defending champion Gwynn Park.
The Raiders will need a strong defensive effort to stop Surrattsville (4-2, 9-4) and highscoring Cliff Barrett (23.1) tonight at 8 at Roosevelt. The Hornets have been held under 7 points only four times in 13 games.
In the Raiders' last game, they went four overtimes before edging Douglass, 39-37. Last week. Roosevelt won another battle of the stall against Oxon Hill, 28-13.
In another part of Prince George's County, extra bulbs for the scoreboard may be needed at Pladensburg (10-1) when surging Potomac (8-3) comes in at 8.
Both teams are shoot-and-run outfits and depend on their opponents to run out of gas. Fifth ranked Bladensburg overcame a 16-point deficit to stun 18th-ranked Potomac, 91-88, in their first meeting this season.
The Braves, 10-3 overall, have won five straight games, averaging 86.6 points. Bladensburg, led by Skip Speaks and Levi Morton, will attempt to get back on the winning side after dropping an 87-79 decision to DuVal.
Second-ranked Mckinley (11-1), tied for first place in the Interhigh League with Dunbar and Spingarn with a 4-0 mark, will need a superior effort to get past Eastern (4-1, 7-5) today at Dunbar at 3:45.
McKinley has struggled past Ballou, 75-69, and Phelps, 86-81, in overtime and cannot afford to take any other league opponents lightly before facing the top contenders.
in other top games. Groveton (12-2) visits Lee (7-6), Gonzaga (9-3) entertains St. John's (11-5), Georgetown Prep (10-0) hosts St. Stephen's (6-5) and Sherwood (12-2) travels to Damascus (9-4)