PLANO — The size advantage that the Indian Creek Timberwolves brought to the 51st annual Plano Boys Basketball Christmas Classic proved to be too much for the Princeton Tigers to overcome Thursday night as they were topped 58-34.
Princeton had early trouble defending the inside play of 6-foot-9 Timberwolves center Garrison Goving, who had 15 points leading all scorers, and 6-5 senior forward Garrett Post, who added 10 points.
Princeton trailed the entire contest as its offense sputtered throughout the game.
“Obviously we don’t have a lot of size and they have a couple of big kids that we had trouble defending and we didn’t defend the way we hoped to and they made a couple big plays too. We didn’t play well and they played pretty well,” said Princeton coach Jesse Brandt. “We had a nice stretch there to start the second half to cut the lead to five and then we made some bad plays so wasn’t enough.”
The Tigers offense was led by junior guard Garret Duffin with eight points followed by senior guard J.J. Vaccaro and junior guard Brenton Smith, who both added seven points.
Princeton would go into the half trailing 27-16 but would quickly cut the Timberwolves lead to five as they forced three straight turnovers on a their full court press making the score 33-28 on a Vaccaro layup at the 3:18 mark of the third quarter.
The height and speed of the Timberwolves would eventually do the Tigers in as they went on 22-6 run to finish out the fourth quarter.
“We did a nice job to start the second half, made some steals and cut the lead down on some easy baskets but we couldn’t keep up the momentum. We let them hit a big three on an inbounds play and I think that was the key to the game,” said Brandt. “We just got to shoot the ball better. We shot 30 percent for the game and not turn the ball over so much. We missed 10 free throws and it just wasn’t a very good offensive game on our part”
• Princeton lost to St. Bede 71-39 in consolation play Friday. Duffin had 15 points. The Tigers will returnn to action at 10:30 a.m. Monday vs. Wilmington.
* The PHS sophomores beat Plano 42-41 Friday behind Jake Reinhardt's 18 points. The Kittens advance to Saturday's semifinals.
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