Big Week For Delsea Basketball
By Sentinel Sports Writer Jacob Keppen
December 20th, Triton boys basketball defeated division rival Delsea in a tight 52-48 game. Delsea was left wondering after the loss, “What went wrong?”. The season started off with an exciting 61-40 victory over Gloucester Tech that gave tremendous hope of a better season than last years’. A tough first loss to Woodbury brought Delsea back to Earth a bit, but the loss to Triton set in some doubts. Would this be a repeat of last years disappointing 9-19 season? Students in the school already began to write off the 1-2 Crusaders. Now, 1-2 seems like forever ago.
Delsea would even up their record with a 74-42 blowout victory over 2-11 Penns Grove. With wins only over opponents with a combined 3-22 record, Delsea needed not just a win, they needed a win over a solid opponent to give themselves validity. Delsea did just that, defeating 7-3 Gloucester Catholic 61-52 and 5-5 Haddon Heights. Now Delsea were 4-2. Delsea defeated 2-9 Schalick 53-40 despite not playing nearly their best. Delsea looked a bit better in their 59-40 victory over Hammonton.
Delsea, now 6-2 faced their biggest week yet. Up first Delsea had Glassboro. Glassboro were 1st in the division. Delsea’s gym was packed for the huge rivalry match, with 1st place possibly up for grabs. What happened next could possibly be the defining moment of Delsea’s season. Delsea not only defeated Glassboro, they thrashed them, picking up the 59-45 victory.
This was Brice Parks game. The Bulldogs could not stop Parks, who scored 25 points, draining 4 3-pointers. Parks also had 4 steals and 6 rebounds. Parks put the exclamation point on the huge game with a dunk late in the 4th quarter.
Javon Gordon was huge for Delsea, scoring 11 points while dishing out 6 assists. The sophomore grabbed 6 boards and snatched 4 steals. Nate Cox had a big game for Delsea, scoring 8 points. Kolby Braxton had 6 steals and Joel Thompson had 5.
Riding momentum from their huge win over Glassboro, Delsea traveled to Woodstown. Woodstown was another team at the top of the division, though you wouldn’t have guessed this with Delsea’s 55-38 thumping of Woodstown. Team basketball was on display Saturday, and the Crusaders were a team firing on all cylinders.
Javon Gordon scored 14 points for Delsea, while grabbing 7 rebounds. He dished out 3 assists and gained 3 steals. Brice Parks scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Nate Cox, who has been a great addition to the lineup the last two games, scored 11 points and had 2 assists. Delsea, for a second straight game, shut down the other team’s offense. Delsea is now 8-2 and 1st in the division, pretty amazing considering the start of the season. Delsea will start out the week traveling to 3-6 division rival Deptford. They host local rival 7-3 Williamstown in a huge game that will surely draw a similar crowd as the Glassboro game. Delsea will finish the week with a tough game in 10-0 Shawnee. Delsea will look to continue with their great play and pull out as many wins as they can from a tough week. It’s safe now to say for the Crusaders, they aren’t worried about 1-2 anymore.