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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Trojans knock out Bears in DRL slugfest (PHOTO)

The Trenton Trojans fought their way to a 37-30 win over Roosevelt in Wyandotte on Thursday.

It was ugly, it was chippy, but all that matters to the Trenton Trojans is that it was a win.

The Trojans traveled to Wyandotte on Thursday and bested the Bears in a low-scoring, hard-hitting affair 37-30.

"Wyandotte's a good team," Trenton Coach Rick Morrow said. "They play hard-nosed defense and that's what keeps Wyandotte in game. They play really good, hard, solid defense."

Roosevelt struggled mightily on the offensive end all night, but the Bears had their most trouble at the beginning and at the end.

Trenton scored the game's first seven points and held the Bears scoreless for nearly five minutes. Roosevelt's Divon Robinson finally broke the drought with a bucket late in the first and the Bears trailed 7-2 after eight minutes.

The Roosevelt offense woke up in the second quarter and the Bears took their first lead, 10-9, three minutes into the quarter. Both teams traded leads leading up to the half before going into the break tied 15-15.

It was more of the same throughout the third quarter as the teams traded leads before Roosevelt pulled ahead 25-21, it's largest lead of the game, with less than two minutes remaining. Later in the quarter, Trenton's Jason Zahran completed a three-point play with less than 30 seconds remaining to tie the game 27-27 heading into the final quarter.

The score remained close for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter as Trenton took a 31-29 lead with three minutes left in regulation. That lead gradually grew as Roosevelt's offense went ice cold down the stretch, scoring only one more point for a fourth-quarter total of three.

"Lack of ball movement, lack of dribble penetration, lack of patience in moving the ball," Roosevelt Coach Dave Cramton said. "We had a lot of good looks, but the shots just weren't falling."

The Trojan defense forced dozens of turnovers throughout the game and came away with an impressive 21 steals on the night.

"Our defense we run is a matchup defense and I've run that for basically 20 years," Morrow said. "Primarily, we keep people out of the paint and that helps our rebounding. We are becoming more fundamental, but we can still get better."

"We really had a lot of turnovers and couldn't take care of the ball," Cramton said. "We had a lot of nonchalant passes down in the post and we did a bad job of moving the ball. Just stagnant."

Zahran had 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals, Dan Hall had six points, 10 boards and three steals and Christian Mercure had six points, seven steals and four rebounds.

Damon Singleton had 10 points, five rebounds and three steals for Roosevelt while Robinson added nine points and Jacob Lavis had seven points and eight rebounds. Devan Stewart, Roosevelt's leading scorer entering Thursday's game, was held scoreless.

The Trojan victory came on the heels of a heartbreaking 69-66 loss to Truman on Tuesday. That same night, Roosevelt crushed rival Anderson 57-24.

Trenton (7-2, 4-1 DRL) will travel to Allen Park and Roosevelt (7-2, 3-2 DRL) heads to Woodhaven that same night.

Last Updated: 1/17/2013 11:03:04 PM EST

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