Times of Trenton basketball notebook: TCA leads the way after ghosting Ironmen
There has always been an argument about who has been Iron Man’s biggest adversary.
Saturday, the Ironmen of Don Bosco’s biggest foe of the new season was the Iron Mikes, who blew out the state ranked North Jersey team to establish themselves as the team to beat in the Times of Trenton area.
We hope that the postponed TCA Montgomery contest can be made-up, to see if the Cougars can prove to be the top public school team in the area.
Allentown (Last week 0-1, overall 0-1): lost 47-44 to Trenton. Redbirds had Trenton where they wanted, but ran out of gas in the second half. Sean Foley had 15. Next game: Feb 6 at Trenton.
Bordentown (Last week 0-3, overall 0-4): lost to Rancocas Valley 56-48, lost to Burlington Township 61-55, lost to Paul VI 105-38. Scotties got double digits from Logan Saranin, Myles Hansford, Armaan Gill, and Aiden Kennedy in loss to Township. Next game: Feb. 8 Northern Burlington.
Ewing (Last week 1-2, overall 1-3): lost to Robbinsville 64-41, beat Hamilton West 63-59, lost to Lawrence 53-47. Tyreek Rollins and Kamar Archie led Blue Devils past West. Next game: Feb 9 Steinert.
Florence (Last week 1-1, overall 1-1): beat Maple Shade 56-53, lost to Delran 47-44. Area Player of the Week Rasheem Harris scored 51, while Darius Bland had 16. Next game: Feb. 8 New Egypt.
Hamilton West (Last week 1-1, overall 1-1): lost to Ewing 63-59, beat Princeton 53-25. Jack Boufford had 44 points in two games, while Maurice Williams added 24. Next game: Feb. 9 Trenton.
Hopewell Valley (Last week 0-0, overall 0-0): Bulldogs out with COVID-19. Next game: Feb 9 Princeton.
Hightstown (Last week 1-1, overall 3-1): lost to Robbinsville 78-75, beat Notre Dame 74-69. Spencer Kenny had 18 in the loss, while Rohan Cukkemane had 20 in win over Irish. Next game: Feb. 9 at Allentown.
Hun (Last week 1-0, overall 1-0): Hun was out with COVID-19. Next game: Feb 11. PDS
Lawrence (Last week 1-1, overall 1-2): lost 52-35 to Notre Dame, beat Ewing 53-47. Diesel Barnes (16) and Brandon Ford (17) led the way for the Cardinals in the win. Next game: Feb 9 Robbinsville.
Montgomery (Last week 1-0, overall 2-0): beat Immaculata 73-47. Cougars are the best public school team in the area, and got 16 from JT Simborski and 13 from Noah Vlacich. Next game: Feb. 9 Bridgewater-Raritan.
New Egypt (Last week 1-2, overall 1-4): lost 55-35 to Delran, lost 52-28 to Pemberton, beat Palmyra 53-40. Adam Harris and Devin Kimmick led the way again Warriors. Next game: Feb. 8 at Florence.
Notre Dame (Last week 1-1, overall 1-1): beat Lawrence 52-35, lost 74-69 to Hightstown. Erik Nally had 36 points in two games, while Mike Jean added 21. Next game: Feb. 9 at Nottingham.
Nottingham (Last week 1-0, overall 2-1): beat Robbinsville 55-45. Brandon Raba (13) and Donavin Crawford (15) helped avenge opening day OT loss to Ravens. Next game: Feb. 9 Notre Dame.
Northern Burlington (Last week 0-2, overall 0-4): lost 62-54 to Burlington Township, lost 60-56 to Rancocas Valley. Jack Burke, Marcus Gaffney, and Mark Broach had big weeks, but Greyhounds have four losses by total of 21 points. Next game: Feb. 8 Bordentown.
Pennington (Last week 0-1, overall 0-1): lost 61-58 to PDS in 2OT. Pennington could not hold on to an early lead. Next game: Feb. 12 Sinai Christian.
Princeton (Last week 0-1, overall 0-2): lost 53-25 to Hamilton West. Ethan Guy had seven for the Little Tigers. Next game: Feb. 9 at Hopewell Valley.
Princeton Day School (Last week 1-0, overall 1-0): beat Pennington 61-58 in 2OT. Panthers got 26 from Hampton Sanders, and 22 from Dameon Samuels, to beat rivals Pennington. Next game: Feb. 11 at Hun.
Robbinsville (Last week 2-1, overall 3-2): beat Ewing 64-41, beat Hightstown 78-75, lost to Nottingham 55-45. Ravens got huge weeks from Ryan Smith and Brian Herbert, but were slowed Saturday. Next game: Feb. 9 Lawrence.
South Hunterdon (Last week 0-2, overall 0-2): no games. Next game: Feb. 13 Somerville.
Steinert (Last week 0-0, overall 0-1): no games, COVID-19. Next game: Feb 9 at Ewing.
STEMCivics (Last week 0-2, overall 0-4): lost 59-54 to Cinnaminson, lost 86-68 to Riverside. Trey Dodd had 37 points and 27 rebounds this week, Kenny Munn and Aaron Brown had 16 each against Cinnaminson, while Steven Moya had a big game against Riverside. Next game: Feb. 8 at Palmyra.
Trenton (Last week 1-0, overall 3-0): beat Allentown 47-44. Without two starters for the first half, Trenton struggled offensively Saturday. But when Davvonne Wells came back for the second half, the Tornadoes rallied to stay unbeaten. Doug Evans Jr. also had a big fourth quarter. Next game: Feb. 9 at Hamilton West.
TCA (Last week 1-0, overall 1-0): beat Don Bosco 73-59. Huge statement of intent from the Iron Mikes with a 14-point win over state-ranked Don Bosco. TCA will certainly make its way into the state rankings this week. Next game: Roselle Catholic, Feb. 10.
AREA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Rasheem Harris, G, Florence, Jr.: The shot-making junior went off for 51 points this week, good for an average of 25.5 per game. He scored exactly half of Florence’s points (102) this week, as the Flashes went 1-1.
AREA TEAM OF THE WEEK
TCA: The Iron Mikes had to sit and watch other teams play, then made a huge statement on Saturday, rolling NJ.com No. 16 Don Bosco 73-59. Braxton Jones (22) and Freddie Young, Jr. (16 points, eight rebounds) led the way for the best team in the area.
TOP GAMES TO WATCH THIS WEEK
Tuesday, Feb. 9, Notre Dame (1-1) at Nottingham (2-1), 7 p.m.: CVC teams battle at the Galaxy.
Wednesday, Feb. 10, Roselle Catholic (6-0) at TCA (1-0), 5:30 p.m.: another huge game for TCA against NJ.com No. 2 Roselle.
Wednesday, Feb. 10, Montgomery (3-0) at Ridge (3-0), 7 p.m.: massive Skyland Raritan battle between unbeaten.
TIMES GREAT EIGHT
1. TCA (1-0)
2. Trenton (3-0)
2. Montgomery (3-0)
3. PDS (1-0)
4. Nottingham (2-1)
5. Robbinsville (1-1)
6. Hightstown (3-1)
7. Hun (1-0)
CVC TOP FIVE
1. Trenton (3-0)
2. Nottingham (2-1)
3. Robbinsville (3-2)
4. Hightstown (3-1)
5. Notre Dame (1-1)