By: Dustyn Green
Trenton knew they needed to find their footing again on Saturday after losing to Nottingham on Friday night. They were able to do that against a struggling Willingboro team in front of a faithful home crowd with a hard fought 72-69 win for Trenton.
The Chimeras wanted no part of a blow out loss for the Boy’s portion of a double-header and it certainly showed right out of the gate. Just 24 seconds into the contest senior Nazir Chavies fired the triple and hit nothing but net for his team. The retaliation efforts were successful for Trenton as Devontay Hutson hit his own three from deep.
Despite some mistakes by both teams, the three ball would add points four through six for Trenton as Brandon Moore displayed his shooting ability from the left side. Trenton’s big guy Shaun Balkcom extended the lead to a five point advantage for his squad, courtesy of his swift defensive skills.
Early in the first quarter physicality was on display as Trenton retained two out of bounds plays in a row. This one could have gotten out of hand quickly but Willingboro did a fantastic job of forcing turnovers. Rasheem Dickerson was then able to put four straight on the board for the Chimeras. Trenton strengthened immediately as Antwan Bridgett made a phenomenal hook move at the end of the first quarter. At the change of quarters, what was once a comfortable Trenton lead, shrunk to a one point advantage thanks to impressive defense by Dickerson and multiple second chance opportunities.
The fact that Willingboro only had one win on the season was certainly forgotten as they traded the lead with Trenton. Chavies drained a three from the corner extending the Chimeras lead to four. Chavies wanted nothing to do with a Trenton comeback as he continued to apply the pressure. However, with 27.2 left in the half, Hutson made it a one point game from the line by making two shots. The one point Willingboro lead quickly became a one point Trenton lead as Moore made a jumper to make it 39-38 at the break!
The momentum was extended by Bridgett right out of the half making it a three-point advantage. Second chance opportunities were huge for Trenton to get a late advantage. With only seconds remaining, the game was tied at 69 but Trenton hit three foul shots in the final seconds of the contest in order to walk away with the win.
The fast pace was a key here for Trenton and between the pace and trips to the charity stripe it was too much for Willingboro. The win has to build confidence for a now four win Trenton team as they head on to Plainfield.