HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS
Strong game by Vikings falls short
February 25, 2014Princeton High School
The Princeton boys' basketball team fell short in the opening round of the Sectional Tournament to #5 seeded Middletown Middies 82-74 in overtime on Friday, February 21at Hamilton High School. The Vikings played inspired team basketball to overcome several obstacles in the game to have a chance to win the game in the closing seconds of regulation.
Middletown jumped out in front 15-8 in the opening quarter, and held the lead until the 1:30 mark in the second quarter. Princeton's 1-point lead late in the first half would not hold up, as the Middies went into the locker room with a 33-31 lead.
The second half started off with a bang as both teams combined to score 45 third quarter points. Princeton regained the lead with under 4:00 minutes to play in the third quarter, and would hold lead to start the fourth quarter, 56-53.
Behind Vincent Edwards and Kylan Jackson, the Middies controlled the fourth quarter score, but the Vikings were determined to pull off the off-set. After a huge three-pointer by Ryan Bricking, Princeton penetrated the defense to find Kevin Rainey in the corner for a three point field goal. Rainey's three-pointer cut the lead 71-69.
A strong defensive stand by the Vikings and a quick two point field goal tied the game under 1 minute remaining in regulation.
Princeton continued to turn up the defensive pressure and regained possession in the closing seconds. After a timeout on the florr, the Vikings got what they wanted on offense. Good passing, a strong block, and a good three point look from Josh Jasper. Jasper's three-pointer just missed, which forced overtime.
In overtime, Middletown outscored the Vikings 11-3 and limited the Vikings to any second chance scoring opportunities.
Princeton was led by senior Ryan Bricking who scored 30 points, include 6 three-pointers. Senior Josh Jasper and junior Jordan Bradley each scored 12 points in the loss.
Princeton finishes the year 3-17.