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Strong game by Vikings falls short

February 25, 2014
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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.

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