Standing outside the visitor’s locker room at C.H. Flowers, Suitland junior guard Roddy Peters, wearing his red warm-up suit, answered the question with his head down and a hint of a smile showing: What is it about playing No. 18 C.H. Flowers that makes him shine?
“They say big-time players show up in big times,” Peters said. “So that was a big time and the spotlight, so I was showing I can do it.”
As Suitland’s lead over C.H. Flowers slipped away in Tuesday’s Maryland 4A South Region quarterfinal, Peters took over. He scored 11 of his game-high 30 points in the final quarter to power the Rams to a 64-55 upset of the Jaguars in Springdale.
The Rams, the region’s eighth seed, will face Wise on Thursday. Wise advanced with a 75-60 victory over Parkdale.
Behind its size, led by senior forward Daquan Page, Suitland (15-7) controlled the game early, jumping out to a 29-19 halftime lead. As Suitland guards penetrated, Page was an easy outlet, finishing with 21 points and eight rebounds before hurting his ankle midway through the fourth quarter.
With nearly five minutes left to play, Suitland took its largest lead of the game over the region’s top seed, 49-38, on a three-pointer by senior guard Keijon Miller. But then, the Jaguars’ defense, led by junior Brandon Green (18 points), clamped down and allowed the offense to trim the deficit down to 49-47 with 3 minutes 23 seconds left.
For the first three quarters, Jaguar defenders held Peters to 19 points. The junior, who is the leading scorer in Prince George’s 4A, was content setting up his teammates.
“But the last four minutes, I just had to go get it,” he said. “I guess I got to be the man on the team.”
With each C.H. Flowers point, down the lane came Peters, drawing contact from all the flying bodies. In the final three minutes, Peter scored 11 points and hit seven of his eight free throws.
“When he sees open court, he just has another gear,” Suitland Coach George McClure said. “And it showed tonight. He really wanted to win.”
It was the second time that Peters has taken over a game in the final period against C.H. Flowers (16-6). On Feb. 9, the Rams won, 61-60, after Peters scored all of his team’s 12 points in overtime. Tuesday was reminiscent of that.
“I knew they was going to on a run, it’s in their house,” Peters said. “I was thinking it’s like a boxing match. We go up, they go up. We wanted the biggest punch at the end.”