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Boys basketball: Warriors snap skid, win shootout vs. RoughRiders

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FREDERICK — Going into Thursday’s regular season finale, Frederick’s boys basketball team knew it couldn’t move in the Class 4A Tri-Valley League standings.

The Warriors were planted at third, but they certainly had motivation against visiting Roosevelt.

“We knew that, hopefully going into the (state) tournament, that 12-11 looks a lot better than 11-12,” junior point guard Lucas Adams said. “We knew this was a must-win, the last game on this court, so we knew we had to get the job done.”

Adams scored a team-high 26 points as the Warriors knocked off Roosevelt 85-74 and avoid a three-game losing streak. Now the Warriors (12-11, 9-5 TVL) go into the postseason with a little momentum.

Roosevelt (4-19, 3-11) did make Frederick earn this one, though. Michael Mitchell had 27 points and 14 rebounds and Colby Best Walter had 11 points and 17 rebounds to keep the RoughRiders in position for an upset.

“We didn’t really have answer (for those two),” Frederick coach Larry Frank said. “The last two games we’ve been beat on the offensive boards pretty hard from Windsor and Roosevelt.”

Led by Mitchell, Best Walter and Dylan Cunningham (18 points), Roosevelt took a 59-53 lead with 58 seconds to go in the third quarter.

That’s when Frederick’s defense came through. During the next 6 minutes, 50 seconds, the Warriors outscored the RoughRiders 23-8, holding them to one field goal during that stretch.

“It all started on the defensive end,” Adams said. “We knew we had to get stops.”

Frederick pretty much sealed the win with 2:39 to play. That’s when Cunningham was hit with his fourth foul. Then he argued the call and got hit with a technical, which put him out of the game. Roosevelt coach Joe Brown was also hit with a technical foul.

“We hit some key shots to get us back in the game and those two technicals really had a lot to play in the game, too,” Adams said.

Frederick hit just three of the six free throws at that point, but it was an emotional swing too much for Roosevelt to overcome.

Even with a nine-point lead, Frank wasn’t breathing easy, though.

“With this group, there really isn’t a spot you can feel comfortable,” he joked, “but we did a good job. We knocked the free throws down that we had to. That kind of gave us the separation from them.”

The Warriors now await Sunday’s state tournament pairings announcement. Frank said the Warriors have a lot to work on, but Adams said they are eager to get the playoffs started.

“The past two years we’ve gotten in and got knocked out in the first round, so we have a lot of incentive to get in and finally get our first playoff victory,” he said.

NOTABLE: Christian Martinez had a great game off the bench for the Warriors, with 11 points, five rebounds and a pair of steals. … Ryan Miller and Nathan Harrison both had good games for the Warriors, finishing with 13 points each. … Frederick missed 17 free throws in 43 attempts. … Roosevelt out-rebounded the Warriors 40-30.

Brian Howell can be reached at bhowell@times-call.com.

 

Frederick 85, Roosevelt 74

At Frederick HS

ROOSEVELT (4-19, 3-11)

Marcus Holguin 1 2-4 4, Dylan Cunningham 6 4-6 18, Ray Hernandez 2 0-0 4, Selso Luna 3 1-1 8, Huver Lira 0 0-0 0, Michael Mitchell 12 2-2 27, Mack Morford 0 0-0 0, Colby Best Walter 4 3-7 11, Mason Reinick 1 0-0 2. Totals 29 12-20 74.

FREDERCK (12-11, 9-4)

Brady Dill 0 0-0 0, Lucas Adams 7 10-15 26, Dalton Hall 3 1-2 9, Nathan Harrison 4 3-5 13, Christian Martinez 3 5-7 11, Zach Gomez 1 0-0 2, Cody Mulvin 1 0-0 2, Ryan Miller 4 5-12 13, Jayden McGraw 3 0-0 7, Michael Broz 0 2-2 2. Totals 26 26-43 85.

Score by quarters:

Roosevelt 15 19 25 15 — 74

Frederick 19 18 20 28 — 85

3-point field goals — Roosevelt (4): Cunningham 2, Luna, Mitchell; Frederick (7): Adams 2, Hall 2, Harrison 2, McGraw. Total fouls — Roosevelt 27, Frederick 16. Fouled out — Cunningham, Hernandez. Technical fouls — Cunningham, Roosevelt coach.

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