PRINCETON — When you’re hot, you’re hot.
LaSalle-Peru senior guard Noah Lamboley found Prouty Gym especially to his liking, connecting on six three-pointers on the night en route to a game-high 26 points. Teammate Brady Huebbe added four three-pointers, in scoring 14 points.
As a team, the Cavaliers made 13 threes to out shoot the Tigers right out of their gym, 65-46.
L-P only attempted 11 twos, hitting 9 of 11, and went 13 of 23 from threes.
“I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that much of discrepancy on attempts,” PHS coach Jesse Brandt said. “Besides a couple early on, we contested most of them. The Huebbe kid had a couple early that we didn’t get out quick enough.”
Lamboley proved to be in range the moment he got off the bus, hitting his threes from well beyond the arc, some behind the volleyball court line. He had one trey in the first quarter and four in the second in racking up 17 first-half points to lead the Cavs to a 42-26 halftime lead.
“It reminded me a couple years ago here when (Rock Falls’ Jacob) Junis where he had like 30 points first half,” Brandt said,
Huebbe added three in the first half and Eric Milaicki had two for the Cavaliers.
The Tigers (3-14) got off to a good start, finishing the first quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 22-16 lead.
J.J. Vaccaro hit a three-pointer and Garrett Duffin followed with a two to give the Tigers a 17-16 lead. Vaccaro drove right over the top of the L-P defense for a layup and added the one on a foul with 3.4 seconds left. Zach Andersen stole the L-P inbounds and passed to Duffin, who scored at the buzzer to make it 22-16.
In the second quarter, the Tigers couldn’t buy a basket. After making good on 8 of 10 shots in the first quarter, they went 0-13 from the field in the second, scoring only four points from the free-throw line.
As the Tigers cooled down, the Cavaliers warmed up. L-P then dialed up the long ball, connecting on six three-pointers to regain control of the game turning a six-point deficit into a 16-point halftime lead. The Cavs scored the first 13 points of the second quarter and outscored the Tigers 26-4 by quarter’s end.
The Cavs (7-8) led by as much as 20 points in the fourth quarter at 61-41.
“At the clip they were shooting at, there’s not a whole lot you can do,” Brandt said. “I told the kids I’m not happy we lost, but at least I thought we got beat tonight. We didn’t lose the game. We got beat.
“Some of the games this week, I thought we were a major contributor in the loss more than we were tonight. Their shooting and our lack of shooting was just too much to overcome.”
Vaccaro scored a team-high 19 points on 6-11 shooting and Duffin added 16 points on 5-12 shooting.
Brandt said having four games in five days may have left the Tigers with some weary legs, but didn’t affect them that much.
“I’m sure they’ll sleep well tonight,” he said, noting the Tigers will face three games in five days this week.
• Sherrard 56, Princeton 42: Sherrard pulled away late by outscoring PHS 14-4 in the fourth quarter to win the battle of the two Tigers Friday night in Three Rivers Conference South Division play. Princeton had a cold-shooting night at 27.8 percent from the field (15-54). Duffin led the Tigers with 17 points.
* Notes: Princeton travels to Rockrige to face the No. 1 ranked and undefeated Rockets on Tuesday. .... Jake Reinhardt had 23 points for the Princeton sophomores in a 73-49 loss in Saturday’s prelim. The Kittens had much better success Friday, defeating Sherrard 72-54. Reinhardt had 27 points and Levi Bates (15) and Skye Behrends (10) combined for 25.
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