Unknowns and Undervalued

Posted On: 11/9/19 12:22 AM

With the start of high school practice coming soon, the PJS Midnight Madness Tipoff was an important showcase. It provides an opportunity for teams to face off against quality competition and the players get good exposure. Not all the teams that participated brought full squads, so it is hard to get a good feel for what the team will do in the season. With all that being said, here are some takeaways from the PJS Midnight Madness Tipoff at Trenton Catholic.

1. Timber Creek will be a force in South Jersey Group 3

The Chargers had a solid season in 2018-19, going undefeated in the Olympic-Patriot division, winning 16 games and advancing to the South Jersey Group 3 quarterfinals. Timber Creek played without its top interior player, Demetrius Paynter, but the backcourt picked up the slack. Jalen Bergen hit numerous clutch three-pointers to keep the Chargers in the game against Life Center Academy.

Eric Benjamin had eight big points in the fourth quarter and was the go-to guy for Timber Creek late in the game. The Chargers would have pulled off the monster upset if not for Wesley Robinson's clutch buckets down the stretch. Timber Creek returns a lot of key pieces from last year's

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