BORDENTOWN-- The Moorestown Quakers can hit teams from many different angles.
The well-rounded depth and veteran experience of the Quakers helps them throughout tight situations and games against some of the best teams in South Jersey.
The depth and experience showed on Friday, as Moorestown fended off an upset bid from Bordentown and won 64-56.
Senior Nick Cartwright-Atkins, who is one of the most well-rounded players in the area, came up with a steal with under a minute left and fed Vince Caprarola to secure the victory.
“We’re looking for holes,” Cartwright-Atkins said. “We rely on our veteran leadership and veteran plays. I’ve been playing a long time and I can see when it’s coming. I kind of bait them and then I make the play.”
Cartwright-Atkins, who finished the game off with an emphatic dunk, also made a key play at the end of the first half, as he spun through three defenders and hit a three-pointer to send the Quakers into halftime with plenty of momentum.
“There were a couple seconds left and I just like to make plays like that,” Cartwright-Atkins said. “I saw three guys on me and it was just instinct. Turn around, 360 and it went in. I was actually going for the rebound, but it went in.”
In the third quarter, guard Jagger Zrada, who didn’t score in the first half, came alive to score 10 points.
“I came out pretty slow,” Zrada said. “My shot was off all game. I just stuck with it. I wanted to keep shooting the ball and find other ways to score and it ended up working out in the end.”
In addition to receiving contributions from Cartwright-Atkins and Zrada, Moorestown got 12 points out of Ben Cantwell and eight points from its bench in the second quarter.
“We have a pretty deep team, which definitely helps us out a lot,” Zrada said. “We don’t have to have one player score every single game. We have different players step up every game.”
The combination of depth, experience and confidence gained from playing a tough schedule keeps Moorestown in the game against some of South Jersey’s best, and it’ll help it against Camden on Saturday.
“We love competition,” Cartwright-Atkins said. “We play every big team close too so we love the opportunity to have competition and have fun. Going out there, playing against the big boys, people don’t count us out. We know we can play with them and, in the end, that’s when our veteran leadership comes through.”