Princeton and St. Bede dropped their openers in the Plano Christmas Classic.
The Tigers fell to the host Plano Reapers 66-43 Monday evening. The Reapers took an 18-8 first-quarter lead and never looked back, holding a 35-21 lead at the half.
PHS got eight points from Garrett Duffin and seven each from Zach Hicks and Tyler Clark.
The Tigers (2-6) will return to action at 6:30 p.m. Thursday vs. Indian Creek.
• St. Bede went down in defeat 47-41 to Somonauk. The Bobcats made a 14-7 first-quarter lead hold up.
Guards Jarrett Olson (14) and Jack Brady (11) combined for 25 points for the Bruins.
St. Bede will face Streator at 8 p.m. Thursday back at Plano.
• Mendota cruised to a 77-42 win over Wilmington Monday. The Trojans will face the Seneca Irish at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
• The Princeton sophomores beat Sandwich 51-34 in its opening game Monday. The Kittens, who are the No. 2 seed, will play Plano at 11:30 a.m. Friday.
Jake Reinhardt had 25 points on 8 of 12 shooting. Skye Behrends added 12 points.
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