Paden's 27-point quarter sparks Willingboro rout

Posted: March 01, 2012

The three-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer was more than icing on the cake.

It took all the restraint that the packed Willingboro gym had not to storm the court and celebrate right then.

The game, for all intents and purposes, was over. And a game's worth of entertainment had already been provided by Willingboro's Ronny Paden.

Paden's three-pointer was his fifth of the game, giving him 27 points for the first period. The shot put the second-seeded Chimeras up by 30, and allowed them to cruise to a 99-65 victory over 10th-seeded Bridgeton on Thursday night in the second round of the South Jersey Group 2 tournament.

"I was just feeling it," said Paden, who finished with 31 points as sporadic minutes limited him to four points - all free throws - after the first quarter.

"Coach [Jeff Haddock] told me to look for my shot, look for my shot, and see if I could get a feel for it, and shots were just falling."

The Chimeras (25-2) were once again playing without top scorer Tyrell Maloney, who was out as he deals with a personal issue.

Haddock, though, said he expects Maloney back in the lineup when the Chimeras face Middle Township in Saturday's semifinals.

Joseph Ricks (23 points) and Michael Owens (14 points, 12 rebounds) also stood out in a dominant effort by the Willingboro big men.

Dontae Stubbs scored 18 points and Darrell Jackson and Craig Singleton each had 10 for Bridgeton (13-15).

"We were just hungry tonight," Haddock said. "And [Paden's] first quarter was phenomenal. But it came down to defense. That was key for us tonight."

Bridgeton   6 21 14 24 – 65

Willingboro   36 22 19 22 – 99

B: Samuel Bell 3, Stefon Bowman 2, Brock Hogans 2, Darrell Jackson 10, Karma Segers 8, Dontae Stubbs 18, Jeffrey Stevenson 6, Nazir Williams 6, Craig Singleton 10.

W: Maurice Counts 6, Ronny Paden 31, Fayrran Houston 12, Dan Agidi 8, Joseph Ricks 23, Anthony Robbins 4, Michael Owens 14, Joe Taylor 1.

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