Troy Jones made the most of his first season in the Princeton Recreation Men’s Summer Basketball League.
A Trenton resident and graduate of Notre Dame High School, Jones helped NJ Spiritwear reach the league championship series, where the team forced a third game in the best-of-three championship series before falling to Loyaltees.
This season Jones and John McAurthur are the only two players back with NJ Spiritwear. But the goal of winning a championship is still there for Jones and the rest of the team.
“I feel like we have a lot of talent that we didn’t have last year,” said Jones, who scored 16 points in a 55-51 victory over Majeski Foundation last Friday night at Community Park in Princeton. “The first game we played I didn’t really play well and we still won because everybody else picked up the slack. We have a special team.”
NJ Spiritwear improved to 3-0 on Monday night when Jones scored 11 points in a 49-42 victory over NRGY. The quick start has NJ Spiritwear at the top of the league standings along with the defending champion.
“It’s fun,” Jones said. “I like playing out here. I’m from Trenton and I feel like being out here it is a comfortable community and good place to play.”
Jones will be a red-shirt junior at East Stroudsburg this coming season. Last year he averaged 5.5 points per game in 29 games for the Warriors. He uses the Princeton league to get himself ready for the college season.
“I want to be able to play on a weekly basis and not just be working out all the time,” Jones said. “I want to take what I am doing in my workouts and use it out here. They have us on a workout play and encourage you to play in leagues.”
In last Friday’s win over Majeski, NJ Spiritwear held off a late rally and 31 points from Randy Walko to gain the win. In other games that night, Sakana topped Hometown Moving & Storage Co., 37-29 as Kevin Alexis scored 15 points and Steve Harris contributed 14. Phil Worland scored 10 points in the loss. NRGY received 16 points from Shawn Hoggs and 12 from Parker Dortch in a 64-31 victory over Olives. Shaheiym Brown had 11 points in the loss.
On Monday night, Jones scored 11 the triumph over NRGY, which was led by Parker Dortch with 18 points and Sean Hoggs with 17 points. Loyaltees is also 3-0 after a 64-32 decision over Olives. Jordan Glover and Nick Davidson scored 14 points apiece in the victory, while Andre Cole had 18 points in the loss. Apex Sports toppd RRBB, 53-46, as Sheldon Jones scored 21 points and Russ Thompson added 10. Eric Murdock scored 17 points and Kevin Johnson dropped in 14 in the loss.