Three Gonzaga players scored in double figures last night as the Purple Eagles easily defeated Theodore Roosevelt, 60-46, at Roosevelt. The 11th-ranked Purple Eagles led from start to finish in the season opener for both schools.
Jacob Morton, considered by many to be one of the top guards in the city, led the Purple Eagles with 16 points.
"I just want to be a team player and play within the offense," said the 6-foot-2 senior about his individual goals for the season.
Gonzaga's Robert Churchwell, a transfer from Einstein in Montgomery County, scored all 15 of his points in the second half. "I was a little nervous in the first half," said Churchwell, who was five of eight from the field and five of seven from the free-throw line. "In the second half, I got my head together."
Sophomore David Credle played like a veteran in his first high school game, scoring 11 points for the Purple Eagles. The 6-2 Credle played for Browe Junior High last year and was the starting center for the Washington team during the United States Youth Games during the summer.
The Purple Eagles, who shot 44 percent from the field and 50 percent from the free-throw line, held a 26-15 halftime lead. They extended the lead to 35-23 with 4:34 left in the third quarter and led, 46-31, after three quarters.
"We just want to win the Metro Conference and be competitive with DeMatha," said Morton.
The Eagles shot 57 percent from the field in the first half, hitting 12 of 21 shots.
The Rough Riders tried a man-to-man full-court press in the second half, but Morton used his ball-handling skills to easily break the defense. Only the shooting of Roosevelt's Julian Goodman, who had 13 of his 19 points in the second half, kept the nonleague game relatively close.
Roosevelt's shooting was off (38 percent from the floor, five of 17 in the first half), but the team hit four three-pointers, two by Chijioke Anyaton, who finished with six points. Andre Suber added nine for the Rough Riders.