With the Eleanor Roosevelt boys’ basketball team down by two points against DuVal in the final seconds on Tuesday night, senior Trevor Evans and his teammates left the huddle with less-than-specific instructions from Coach Brendan O’Connell to find the best shot available.
Evans may not have been sure what the final play would look like when it started, but once he got the ball in his hands, the best option became clear. The 6-foot-1 guard dribbled upcourt, rose over a defender and swished a high-arching three-pointer with less than a second remaining, capping a wild final minute as the 10th-ranked Raiders beat the Tigers, 59-58, in Greenbelt.
“It wasn’t exactly according to a plan,” said Evans, who finished with eight points. “It was more like whoever was open [should shoot.] Luckily, I just happened to find a good shot.”
Evans’s heroics salvaged a victory Eleanor Roosevelt (3-0) seemed intent on giving away. In the second half, the Raiders – who lost the Maryland 4A title game to Magruder last season – led by as many as seven and nearly closed it out early, going up 56-52 with 1 minute 15 seconds left on a pair of free throws by Holy Cross-bound senior forward Malachi Alexander (team-high 14 points).