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Trenton Boys Basketball Team Rallies to Beat West Windsor North with Depth
The Trenton boys basketball team has scoring depth. That depth was on full display on Friday night when it had 10 different players score, including four players with eight or more points.

Trailing by eight at halftime, the Tornados stormed back in the second half using increased defensive pressure and balanced scoring to defeat West-Windsor Plainsboro North 69-61 at Rivera Middle School.

"We don’t have that number one guy that we can just give the ball to,” Trenton coach Darryl Young said. “At practice we work on spreading the ball around and getting everybody involved in the offense. Most of the time we have five guards on the court so anyone can take their guy off the dribble. North did play good defense tonight.”

Offensively, the Tornadoes were led by Javade Pearson who had 17 points and Jordan Williams who had 12 points off the bench.

We don’t have that number one guy that we can just give the ball to,” Trenton coach Darryl Young said. “At practice we work on spreading the ball around and getting everybody involved in the offense. Most of the time we have five guards on the court so anyone can take their guy off the dribble. North did play good defense tonight.”

Offensively, the Tornadoes were led by Javade Pearson who had 17 points and Jordan Williams who had 12 points off the bench.

Trenton (4-4) also received a boost in the fourth quarter from Angel Rivera who scored 11 points. Rivera finished with 12 points on the night.

The Tornadoes made their big run in the third quarter when they outscored the Knights 18-9. What allowed Trenton to make the comeback was a switch from a man-to-man defense in the first half to a zone defense in the second half.

The zone defense seemed to frustrate WW-P North leading scorer Jaden Sands who after scoring 16 points in the first half only had four points in the second half.

“The adjustment in the second half was we had to go to our midline defense, which is pretty much a matchup zone defense,” Young said. “Our man-to-man defense was just not working tonight. It was not aggressive enough. They were getting behind us too much in the first half.”

In the first half, WW-P North (3-4) saw more room on the offensive side, which allowed them to take a 36-28 lead into halftime.

The Knights had three different players finish in double figures with Sands scoring 20, Tristan Dunn netting 17, and Manpreet Sinhu adding 15.

“Their zone put pressure on us and we couldn’t get the ball where wanted,” WW-P North coach Tim Stevens explained. “We just made some mistakes against a very aggressive zone. They made a good switch and we didn’t make the adjustments. We have to continue to learn how to play with leads. We are very young. We only have two guys back with experience. Yeah we are 3-4 but we want to be better and we’ll continue to work to get there.”

Trenton will be in action next when they travel to take on Ewing on Tuesday while West-Plainsboro North will host Princeton that same night.

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