By: Dustyn Green
The crew at WBCB Sports has six basketball games coming your way this week to wrap up the regular season campaign. Some of them will be highly anticipated but they will all be unpredictable.
Tuesday, February 4
Trenton vs. Hightstown
The mayhem starts in New Jersey where Hightstown is ready to travel to the gymnasium inside Trenton Central High school. It has been a very impressive year for Hightstown checking in with a stellar 12-5 record. Despite a fantastic effort from Trenton, luck has not been on their side in this 6-12 campaign.
Trenton will be trying to rejoin the win column during this contest after a 26 point rout which came at the hands of Linden. Shaun Balkcom leads them with 51 points from inside, Hightstown will have to set the bar high on defense and buckle down on Balkcom. However, they can not concentrate solely on him because Senior Guard Brandon Moore has chipped in a team leading 144 points this season. Even if Hightstown is able to hold the fort down on the duo, there is one more plank to this triple threat. The third plank comes in the form of a Freshman Guard, Antwan Bridgett. Bridgett has assisted his teammates on 50 occasions.
On the other side, Trenton has an even bigger load on their hands. Ben Simon has had a fantastic final season chipping in 203 points to set the bar high. However, as a team, Hightstown has set the bar even higher with 1,053 points. Kyle Reiss has nine total blocks for Hightstown and a couple more can be expected in this one. The biggest advantage for Hightstown is 31 combined steals coming from Simon and his partner, Daron Piarre. This one very well could be an easy win for Hightstown.
Pennsbury vs. Truman
The back half of our double-header comes from Pennsbury when Harry S. Truman pays a visit. Truman comes in with a record of 6-14 overall and 3-4 on the road. Pennsbury is 5-5 (.500) in the league despite having a tough hard-nosed team that is home to SOL National standout Collin Connor. It would not be surprising to see a double digit victory for Connor and the Falcons which would give them a boost going into the final test against Neshaminy.
Thursday, February 6
Neshaminy vs. Pennsbury (Girl’s Basketball)
Thursday features yet another duo of games, one for both genders. This set of double headers are certainly the games of the week for our crew! Neshaminy and Pennsbury sit at the top of the SOL standings. When these two teams saw each other on January 14, it was a 44-42 Neshaminy victory. However, Frank Sciolla and company have had 22 days to get better and will be hungry for revenge. Those two teams will have a great fight to the finish and it could go either way!
Neshaminy vs. Pennsbury (Boy’s Basketball)
The second game of our double header puts the Pennsbury Falcons and Collin Connor at Neshaminy. This one will be a fantastic matchup as both teams have worked for every ounce they are given. The last meeting was one that consisted of everything that hoops fans enjoy. It all started with the physicality on both ends of the ball. Pennsbury fans were treated with Connor showcasing a lethal mentality getting his job done with ease. He and his team were highly contested and unable to get anything free of charge. In this sequel the fight will be the same as far as content, but the result remains very much in limbo.
Friday, February 7
Trenton vs. Hamilton West (Girl’s Basketball)
Friday evening will offer games number five and six with game five taking place at Trenton. This game is the Ladies portion of the Hamilton West vs. Trenton double-header. Trenton has been victorious in the previous five meetings with Hamilton. The Trenton squad is coming in with some interesting victories on the schedule hoisting a 12-5 record as of Monday. Hamilton West on the other hand, has a record that consists of only two victories. Hamilton has tried all year to get the momentum swing that they want to see but the task is quite large in a conference like the one that presents these two squads. As for Trenton, they need to take this opportunity to recharge all of the cylinders that they run on.
Trenton vs. Hamilton West (Boy’s Basketball)
The week-long marathon ends with the boy’s portion of the Hamilton and Trenton series. The other difference in this one is it will take place at Hamilton West. Trenton has just three less losses than Hamilton who owns 15 so far. Despite the 15 losses a young Hamilton team with only three Seniors has the upper hand. Jack Boufford who is a Sophomore accounts for 286 of 909 points for his team. Boufford is one of just two players who have played the full 21 game slate for Hamilton. Hamilton also wins the three-point shooting battle 85-72 against Trenton. The young team has enough to be the three-point victors. Do not let the 15 loss season fool you because Hamilton is heading for the top in a few years!
This slate of games acts as the final week for the regular season for WBCB Sports and it is a tough one. All of the games can be heard on WBCB Sports 1490 all week long.