Chambers heating up as Trojans reach season’s midpoint

Published 10:14 pm Monday, December 17, 2012

Ray Chambers didn’t enter the 2012-13 season as a big-name player for the Troy basketball team, but through 12 games, he has emerged as a leader.

Chambers is averaging just 6.5 points per game, but over the last three games, the senior has turned his game up a notch.

Chambers scored a career-high 17 points at home in the Trojans first meeting with Utah Valley on Dec. 8, a 86-82 Wolverine victory in double-overtime. Two games later, Chambers set a new career mark of 18 points in a Trojan win over Georgia State.

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At just 6-6, Chambers is often the smallest forward on the court, but that just motivates him more.

“It drives me to play even harder for my team,” he said. “I’ve got to be quicker, have a good mid-range shot and fight for every rebound.”

As a junior, Chambers averaged just 4.9 points per game while playing an average of 16.7 minutes. Despite the low scoring numbers, Chambers was third on the team in rebounds with 4.5 a game.

This season, Chambers has grabbed 69 boards, two shy of Emil Jones, who lead the squad with 71.

The Trojans (5-7) travel to Orum, Utah to face Utah Valley in a grudge match on Wednesday.

Tipoff is set for 8:05 p.m.