PRINCETON — No. 3 was greater than No. 2 at the Princeton 2A regional Wednesday.
Bureau Valley, seeded No. 3 in the regional, knocked out No. 2 Hall 68-60 to move on to Friday’s finals at Prouty Gym to face top-seeded Seneca.
“It doesn’t matter what the seeds are,” BV senior guard Ryan Young said.
The Storm were in need of someone to step up for injured junior forward Tommy Johnston (ankle), and Young was that man Wednesday. Storm top gun Parker Neuhalfen got his 23 points, but it was Young who provided the spark.
Young scored 19 points, pumping in three of his four three-pointers, two back-to-back, in the third quarter to help the Storm take a 52-46 lead after trailing 34-33 at the half.
“I was just on fire,” Young said. “Basketball is a game of runs and I was on my run.”
“We knew Neuhalfen was going to get his. We didn’t know the other guy (Young) was going to go off,” Hall coach Mike Filippini said. “He is probably what won them the game. He was making wide open threes and we were missing wide open threes.”
Senior Austin Schmit led Hall (17-12) with 17 points with Miguel Villareal adding 13 and A.J. Gaeta 11.
Josh Mead had 13 points for the Storm, nine in the second half to help fuel the Storm’s late charge.
Improving to 20-11, the Storm reached the 20-win plateau for the first time in eight years.
The Red Devils bowed out at 17-11, a better run, Filippini said, for what was expected out of them.
“It stinks to lose, but at the beginning of the season there weren’t too many people who picked them to win the Colmone Classic or win 17 games,” Filippini said. “But to be 17-11 and finish in third-place in the conference, there’s a lot of things to be proud of this year.”
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