Eleanor Roosevelt rising senior Quinton Mincey made sure his team held off Wilson’s second half comeback at the Capitol Hoops Summer League on Friday afternoon.
When Wilson trimmed its deficit down to three points in the middle of the second half, Mincey sparked a 7-0 scoring run that was the difference maker in the Raiders’ 63-45 victory.
“Quinton has been playing varsity for three years,” Roosevelt summer league head coach Emmanuel Matey said. “He knows what we expect from him and how things are supposed to be ran. That’s why you are seeing a little bit more success from him.”
Mincey scored 18 of his game-high 20 points in the second half. Mincey was consistent offensively, shooting 8-10 from the floor while grabbing five rebounds.
Eleanor Roosevelt jumped out to a 9-2 lead during the opening minutes of the first half and never looked back. Wilson tied the game at 18, but the Raiders made two straight three-pointers to end the first half with a 23-18 advantage.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, shooting under 30 percent. Wilson couldn’t knock down shots from deep, going 0-12 from the three-point line.
Roosevelt turned things around in the second half, as the Raiders shot 53 percent from the floor and went 6-12 from behind the arc.
“Early on we weren’t making shots,” Matey said. “As the game winding down, things started our way and shoots began to fall.”
Roosevelt’s defense kept Wilson out of rhythm, forcing 18 turnovers and recording 12 steals.
“We played hard and played good defense,” Matey said. “We still got a lot of room for improvement, but for our [third] game in summer league, I couldn’t be mad.”
Roosevelt guard Olumide Lewis registered 11 points, four assists and four steals. Joemel McNair added 12 points and made a pair of three pointers.
Wilson forward Darren Buchanan tallied 13 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. Buchanan generated most of his points from inside, as he went 0-8 from the three-point line. Guard Nasir Best also posted a double-double, 13 points and 15 rebounds.
Roosevelt’s next summer league game will be on Saturday against St. Andrews at 9:30 a.m. Wilson will face Bishop McNamara on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.