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Vikes close week with BIG road win
January 13, 2013Princeton High School
The Princeton boys' basketball team edged past the GMC leading Lakota East Thunderhawks 59-53 in a big road conference game on Friday, January 11 at Lakota East High School. The Vikings improve to 7-5 overall, and 4-3 inside conference play.
The Vikings bounced back from a 64-51 loss to the Thunderhawks earlier in the season with a strong team effort from Coach Mike Anderson's players. The high intensity on defense, and quick transition play on offense proved to be one of the keys in the rematch.
Princeton jumped out 15-10 after the first quarter, before the Thunderhawks would settle down and convert on their offensive sets.
After an even first half of play with neither team able to to extend much of a lead, the Vikings and Thunderhawks would start the second half tied 24-24.
Princeton's intensity would continue to shine in the second half, and senior guard Dorian Jordan would have tremendous success breaking down the Thunderhawks' defense. Jordan and the Vikings' guards would get inside the lane and find the open player.
Jordan finished with 17 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals in the win.
Senior Darius Hilson led the Vikings' scoring with 19 points, and chipped in with 7 rebounds.
Princeton had seven Vikings reach the scoring column in the win. Deiontay Walters finished with 8 points, including a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line. As a team, the Vikings converted 12-14 from the charity stripe, which enabled them to secure the win down the stretch.
Junior Ryan Bricking added 7 points and 6 rebounds, and Elijah Abrams and Eric Tivis recorded 4 and 2 points off the bench respectively.
One of the biggest difference makers from game one against the Thunderhawks was the pressure on defense by the Vikings. In game one, East shot 51% from the field, including 38.5% from behind the arc. In game two, the Vikings limited the very talented shooting team to 43%, and 2-11 from behind the arc. Great communication on defense would prevent a late comeback in the final minutes.
With the win, Princeton is now one game behind East, Sycamore, and Middletown for first place in the conference. The Vikings return home against the Mason Comets Friday, January 18.