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Tigers, Red Devils fall short on the road

The Princeton Tigers and Hall Red Devils both came up a little short on the road in nonconference boys’ basketball play Tuesday.

Rochelle 60, Princeton 53: The difference at Rochelle came in a quick one-minute span in the second quarter.

The Tigers cut the Hubs’ double-digit lead to one point with three minutes before the half. The Hubs struck for two three-pointers and a two, the Tigers committed two turnovers and Rochelle was able to stretch its lead to 29-21 at intermission, with PHS’ Austen Stewart hitting a three-pointer at the end of the half.

“The lead went from one to seven in about one minute. That was the difference,” PHS coach Jesse Brandt said

The Tigers used a 20-17 third-quarter edge to close within 46-41, but couldn’t quite get over the hump.

Zach Stroud paced the Tigers with 15 points, backed by 7 of 7 accuracy from the free-throw line. Cole Evenson and Stewart each chipped in 12 points and Josh Kieffer added eight.

Matt Rosenwinkel poured in 25 points for the Hubs.

Wethersfield 71, Hall 67: The Red Devils outscored the Geese 48-27 in a furious second half comeback, but proved to be a case of too little, too late. Hall coach Mike Filippini said the Red Devils showed a lot of guts after trailing by 18 points in the first half and 14 in the third quarter.

The Red Devils took a 60-54 lead in the fourth quarter and had a shot with eight seconds left to win the game.

“It was a great effort by our kids and was very proud of them. Most teams would have quit and got beat by 20 but they kept fighting,”Filippini said. “Wethersfield has a very good 1A team and will make some noise come regional/sectional time.”

Brett Fanning (17/20) and Miguel Villareal (15/17) combined for 32 second-half points and 37 overall. Matt Boucher tallied nine points in the first half, but the Red Devils could muster very little more, falling behind 34-19 at intermission. Boucher finished with 15 points.

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