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Dan Mercure had 12 points, five steals and four assists in Trenton's 67-53 home victory over Roosevelt Tuesday night. The senior came up with a number of big steals and was a catalyst in Trenton's 27-5 third quarter advantage. Photo by Dave Chapman

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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Trenton KO's Roosevelt with third quarter run (PHOTO)

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In the first quarter of an important Downriver League game, Trenton threw a right cross that stunned the Roosevelt Bears, but the visitors answered the bell.

In the third quarter of this same important Downriver League game, Trenton delivered a knockout blow.

The Trojans (12-3, 9-2 DRL) scored the first 16 points of the second half and outscored the Bears (11-5, 6-5 DRL) 27-5 in the third quarter of Trenton’s 67-53 home win over Roosevelt Tuesday night.

“We win games because of our defense,” Trenton Coach Rick Morrow said. “When we turn it up and we get aggressive and we start trapping and rotating, that’s what we get and the third quarter showed it.

“We came out and I’m proud of these kids. They played hard tonight.”

Trenton looked primed to put the game out of reach in the early going by opening the contest with a 13-2 advantage in the first four minutes. Needing a shot in the arm, Roosevelt Coach Dave Cramton brought Donavan Stewart off the bench and the sophomore rewarded the decision by tallying assists on three Roosevelt three-pointers and by knocking down a triple of his own to bring the Bears back into the game with a 14-4 run to close the quarter for a 17-16 deficit after eight minutes.

The offenses stalled a bit in the second quarter and played remained even with Trenton carrying a 27-26 advantage into the break. Roosevelt’s Devan Stewart led all scorers in the half with 12 points and Trenton’s Jason Zahran led the Trojans with nine.

After halftime, Trenton could not miss and Roosevelt could not buy a bucket as the Trojans opened the third with a 16-0 run that spanned nearly five minutes.

Dan Mercure played a key role in the Trojan run as the senior jumped into a number of passing lanes and came away with steals that led to layups for himself and his teammates.

“He’s a hustler,” Morrow said. “He hustles for 32 minutes. He’s just an aggressive kid.”

A Divon Robinson three-pointer finally ended the Roosevelt scoring drought with 3:20 remaining in the third, but the damage was done as Trenton went into the fourth with a 54-31 lead.

Roosevelt continued to fight in the fourth quarter and knocked down four three-pointers in the period, but the Bears could never get closer than 14 points and dropped their second straight Downriver League game.

“We had one strong comeback early on, but we had nothing left in us,” Cramton said. “Trenton beat us, hands down.”

Zahran had 22 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in the victory to lead Trenton. Christian Mercure had 16 points, Dan Mercure had 12 points, five steals and five assists and Dan Hall added nine points and 10 boards. Trenton’s five starters accounted for all 67 Trojan points and junior Jerry LaBell rounded out the scoring with eight.

Devan Stewart had 22 points, six rebounds and four steals for Roosevelt while freshman Tyler Thorington added eight points and nine rebounds and Robinson scored eight.

Trenton will host Anderson on Thursday while the Bears look to avoid a three-game skid at Allen Park that same night.

Last Updated: 2/12/2013 10:09:37 PM EST