Sabers fall, perhaps for school's last time

Eleanor Roosevelt 70 Southwestern 44

Boys basketball Class 4A


COLLEGE PARK -- A boys basketball team from Southwestern might have walked off the court for the final time last night.

After the No. 4 Sabers lost to Eleanor Roosevelt, 70-44, in a Class 4A state semifinal, they now must wait to see if Baltimore City will shut down their campus at the end of the school year.

Southwestern could not overcome 26 turnovers against the Raiders, who scored 21 points off those giveaways. Sabers coach Terry Leverett told his players before the game how a state championship would be a nice send-off if the school is indeed closed, but Roosevelt was just too tough.

"What we have been preaching since we heard the news was that we could get down here and go out on top," Leverett said. "It is kind of sad, but the truth of the matter is, they set the school off in style. They got to the final four. That's pretty good."

Roosevelt (25-1), which will play Walt Whitman in tomorrow's final, keyed on Southwestern's All-Metro guard Jamal Barney, who was held to nine points and four assists. Fellow All-Metro forward Jarwand Rheubottom scored a team-high 17 points, but his team shot only 40 percent from the field.

"They played real good defense and they kept trapping me at halfcourt," said Barney, who will play at Providence next season. "It was a good year. It wasn't a great year because we didn't win the championship."

Southwestern (23-4) committed seven turnovers in the first five minutes, but still led 11-9 after one quarter on a three-pointer at the buzzer by Rheubottom.

However, Roosevelt then began to take control and led 30-21 at the half. Southwestern began to take longer shots in the second half to try to rally, but it made only 10 of 26 field goals and was 0-for-8 from three-point range.

Roosevelt's Darrell Dodson (15 points, nine rebounds) hit back-to-back three-pointers with two minutes left in the third quarter to pad the Raiders' lead to 46-32 and they never looked back. Jourdan Morris (16 points), Jon Ntoko (14) and Patrick Prewitt (11) also came up big for Roosevelt, which is ranked No. 4 in The Washington Post.

"It was a hard-fought game against a really tough team," Roosevelt first-year coach Brendan O'Connell said. "Anytime you beat a team like Southwestern, you have to feel good, and we are looking forward to[tomorrow]."

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