Riders advance to semi-finals, pound Marshall

Pat Moran Scores
Pat Moran Scores
Erwin Jefferson passes to brother Paul
Erwin Jefferson passes to brother Paul

Roosevelt beat Marshall, the Red West champions, by the score of 93-79.

Throughout the game, Roosevelt kept Marshall 10 points away.  The closest Marshall came to capturing the lead was in the middle of the second quarter when they were only 6 points behind.

The only way Marshall was able to put a dent into Roosevelt’s offense was by fouls.  This tactic backfired, however as several key Commandos fouled out.

Paul Jefferson was the high scorer with 45 points.

Beat Farragut 96-79

Roosevelt won the first of its playoff games for the city basketball title, by pushing over Farragut by the score of 96 to 79.

Farragut’s defense had really no effect whatsoever on Roosevelt throughout the game, while Roosevelt’s full court press made Farragut give up the ball numerous times.

The leader scorer for the game was Paul Jefferson with 26 points.   James Williams put in 22 points while Pat Moran contributed 17 points.

Erwin Jefferson drives
Erwin Jefferson drives
James Williams drives against Farragut
James Williams drives against Farragut

Edge Von 74-73

Roosevelt proved to Von Steuben who should be nuber one in the Red North by beating them 74-73.

Though Von was leading 3 to 0 during the first minutes of the game, Paul Jefferson, Pat Moran and Larry Peoples put shots through to put us ahead 4 to 3.  This set the pattern for a tight game.

Both teams during the second quarter played similar to their first quarter performance with a lot of hard defense action.

With the score tied 35-all at the half, Von pressed even harder and made Roosevelt make offensive fouls.  Von led the Riders throughout the third quarter and made the score at the end of the third quarter Von 58- Roosevelt 51.

Roosevelt in the 4th quarter put on a full-court press, forcing Von turnovers and converting them into points.  With 1:59 remaining in the game, Roosevelt went ahead 71-70.

Paul Jefferson shot in another basket after the team threw the ball around, running out the clock.  James Williams made a foul shot for Roosevelt with 0:10 remaining.  Von next took the ball out and called time.  Von hurriedly brought the ball down and a Von man was fouled.

Even though the foul was called after time had run out, the man went to the line.  The fouled man was given the ball on a one-and-one shooting opportunity.  If the man had made the first shot, the game would have been tied making the game go into overtime.  If he made the second shot Von would have won the game.

But none of these “ifs” came true as Roosevelt ended the season with a berth in the Blue Division playoffs.

RHS 93 …………..Marshall 79

P.Jefferson 18   9 45
E. Jefferson   3   1   7
 Moran   9   3 21
 Peoples   5   5 15
Williams   0   3   3
Ray    1    0   2

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