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Eagles thrash Trenton 67-32

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By Jenna McKenna

The Eagles played keep-away with Trenton Friday, clobbering the Tigers 67-32 in a game that was never even close. C.J. Bowers was the lone light for the Trenton team, and Bronson keyed on him, pasting a fresh defender on him every time he threatened to get loose. Bowers, an excellent playmaker and deadly in the paint, was held to 14 points on the game and scoreless in the second quarter.

The basket belonged to Bronson's James Rivers, who shared the bucket with rebounding terror Enrique Wiseman. The pair had 27 and 12 points, respectively.

Trenton had no answer for Rivers, with Bowers totally tied up. The senior forward scored off inbounds plays, back door cuts, putbacks and drives, throwing in eight of Bronson's 19 first quarter points. Wiseman added five, and C.J. King made a steal into a layup. The Eagles led 19-8 after the first period.

Looking to slam the door early, Bronson went to full-court man pressure in the second. It worked, holding Trenton to a mere three points on the quarter, all from the line. On offense, nearly every Eagle scored. Dustin Crutchfield opened up with a turnaround J, and King had a pullup jumper off a steal by Marvin Walker. Wiseman popped up under the basket off the dish from Rodolfo Contreras and Rivers lived at the line. The Eagles went to the break owning a 37-11 lead.

Trenton exploded in the third quarter, trying to get some get-back. Julian Langley and Michael Elliott, blanked from the floor in the first half, got free for two buckets each. Bowers fled his man and managed another two buckets, plus a pair from the line. The Tigers were perfect in their third quarter free throws and outscored their hosts by a point. However, Bronson still had no trouble scoring, getting a three out of Kelby Barber and a bucket each out of Hamilton and King. Rivers drove and rebounded, and went back to the line to add 10 points to the Eagles' total. Bronson led 53-28 after three.

The Eagles bolted down the defense again in the fourth quarter, squashing Trenton from the floor. Only Langley scored from the field, and Bowers had two at the line, for the Tigers' last four points. Bronson rolled up another 14, as Contreras scored on the inbounds and Rivers on the break. Walker had a late three and Raymie powers finished off a rebound for a basket. With a minute to go, the clock ran on the monster district win.

“I think we did a really great job executing in the first half,” said Bronson head coach Aaron Haldeman.

“We ran through all our sets and executed very well.”

Haldeman liked the stops, saying, “We came out defensively very sharp. I like the way we handled ourselves – we just had fun tonight.”

Fun is the key, Haldeman believes.

“If we can have fun like this against teams that really put pressure on us, we'll be fine,” he said.

Bronson excelled on the boards Friday night.

“Enrique Wiseman played really well down low,” Haldeman said.

“He had 15-16 rebounds. James Rivers had about 17 rebounds.”

It was a good night to try stuff out, Haldeman said, seeing what combinations are available.

“I put one lineup of all seniors plus Kelby on the floor, then all juniors, just trying to get a feel for next year,” he said.

“Then we went back to mixing and matching, keeping the right combination out there, making sure you have two shooters on the floor at all times.”