Scorpions ride strong start, finish to victory
Wed. November 28, 2012 at 11:01 p.m. | By Tom Grady | StarNews Correspondent
North Brunswick's Ronald Roland (11) drives to the net past Trask Titan's Rasheed Brown (3) at North Brunswick High School Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. (Photo by Photo by Mike Spencer)
LELAND | The North Brunswick boys basketball team used a thundering start and a big finish Wednesday night to roll to a 70-48 win over visiting Trask.
North Brunswick also overcame a huge performance by the Titans' Rashseed Brown, who finished with 31 points and 13 rebounds, to lead all players in both categories.
The Scorpions got 20 points from Nik Sloan and 11 points each from Adam Jacobs and Brandon Weaver.
North Brunswick (1-1) sprinted to a 12-0 advantage and led 21-7 after one quarter. A pressing defense produced the offensive openings for the home team.
"Thats our goal," said North Brunswick coach Bryan Hayes. "We're going to come out and we're going to be very aggressive defensively, regardless of who we're playing.
"We want to set the tempo with our defense."
But the Titans used a 9-0 run in the second quarter to close the gap to 27-16, and North Brunswick led 33-23 at the break.
From a 13-point lead after three quarters, the Scorpions again used their defense to extend the advantage in the closing minutes.
But Hayes wants a more complete performance going forward.
"We need four quarters," he said. "That's something we talked about at halftime."
Trask 46, North Brunswick 44
Ceandria Murphy and Shawntia Green both finished with 13 points to lead the Titans' offense. Murphy also pulled down 10 rebounds.
North Brunswick led 44-38 with 2:42 remaining on a field goal by Katrina Brown, but the Scorpions failed to score down the stretch.
"We're young, so we're a little rough around the edges," Trask coach Lindsay Noble said. "We've got some new players this year. It's coming together; it's just taking some time.
"The effort is there. The mistakes we make are mistakes that we're hopefully going to limit or eliminate with experience."
Kikayla Ramsey paced North Brunswick (0-2) with 10 points and Gracan Deal added nine. Tiffany Keaton was a force inside with nine rebounds.
A very tight first half ended with the Scorpions leading 22-20.