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Vikings finish 2-2 in Republic Bank Classic
January 1, 2013Princeton High School
The Princeton boys' basketball team traveled to Lexington, Kentucky over winter break to compete in the Republic Bank Classic Decemeber 27-30th. The Vikings finished the four game tournament with a 2-2 record, to improve to 5-4 on the season.
Princeton opened up the classic with a 73-57 win over Lexington Christian Academy. The Vikings shared the wealth on offense with seven players reaching the scoring column, including four of the five starters reaching double figures. Leading the way was senior Darius Hilson with 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 steals. Senior Deiontay Walters was nearly perfect from field, shooting 6-7 for 17 points and a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line.
Junior Ryan Bricking would record his first double double of the season, finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Dorian Jordan continued to steer the ship on offense, dishing out 11 assists and adding 12 points in the win.
The Vikings would fall in game two of the classic to Knott County Central 83-55. Despite just a three point deficit at the half, Princeton could not stop the sharp shooters from Knott County. The Vikings would be outscored 22-6 in the third quarter. Knott County, led by Camron Justice with 30 points, connect on four of its eight three pointers in the third quarter. Knott County would go on to finish the game shooting 65% from the field.
Dorian Jordan would lead the Vikings in the loss with 16 points.
Princeton would bounce back on Saturday, December 29 against John Hardin, a top ten team in Kentucky. The game would feature six lead changes and six ties. Princeton held a ten point lead in the second half, but John Hardin would claw its way back into the game. Trailing by a point with under ten seconds to play, Ryan Bricking would come up with a huge steal to give Princeton the final possession of the game. Bricking would find Dorian Jordan for a short range jump shot that would be no good. However, Darius Hilson would own the offense rebound and put up the game winning basket as time expired. Hilson would record a season high 25 points in the 52-51 win.
The Vikings would match up with the Oldham County Colonels in the final game of the classic. The game would be tighly contested with neither team able to extend a comfortable lead. Leading by two points with under forty-five seconds remaing, Colonels' Anthony Lape would hit a three pointer to give Oldham a one point lead. A missed field goal change by the Vikings would force Princeton to foul late. After two made field goals with five seconds left in the game, the Vikings could not find any last second magic to tie the game. For Princeton, Hilson finished with 20 points.
Princeton (5-4) travels to Sycamore (5-3) on Friday, January 4.