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Lancers pull away in second half

January 16, 2014
Princeton High School

The Princeton boys' basketball team gave everything they had to the number 2 ranked team in the city, LaSalle Lancers on Tuesday, January 14. However, the Lancers scored 39 second half points to defeated the Vikings, 63-43.

Princeton controlled the momentum early in the first half, jumping to a commanding 16-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Vikings shot 7-of-9 from the floor and dished out 5 assists. Princeton's hustle and ability to find the open player was key to its' first half success.

The defensive by the Vikings limited LaSalle to just 3-of-15 from the floor in the first quarter, but the depth and skill set by the Lancers became the difference maker in the game.

LaSalle's Kory Porter knocked down a deep three-pointer at the buzzer to even the score at the half, 24-24.

The Lancers turned up the tempo to start the second half, forcing Princeton into 7 third quarter turnovers, including three turnovers that led to 6 easy baskets in the first couple of minutes of the quarter.

Both teams shot the ball over 40 percent from the field in the second half, but the inability to get consecutive stops on defense stopped a Princeton comeback late.

Princeton had seven players score. Leading the way was Jordan Bradley with 11 points.

Ryan Bricking added 9 points, and Josh Jasper chipped in with 8 points.

DJ Lewis had great success bypassing the defenders in the paint. His quick first step contributed to 6 points and 6 rebounds. Lewis also had 2 blocks.

The Lancers had three players in double-digit scoring. Larkin and Fleming with 12 points, and Simpson with 10 points.

The Vikings look to end the skid on Friday, January 17 against the Lakota East Thunderhawks at Princeton High School. Tip-off is set for 7:30pm.


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