The Princeton Tigers finished off a big week as the little guy in the Cavaliers Classic, knocking off Chicago King 51-43 Friday night.
The win capped a week which saw Princeton (enrollment 505) finish off a 3-1 record to take second place in a field of 3 and 4A schools, including King (1,052 multiplied), which was a state powerhouse with three Class AA state championships from 1986-93.
The Tigers also beat host LaSalle-Peru (1,218) and Machesney Park Harlem (2,092) while losing only to Peoria Richwoods (1,253).
"I know that we most definitely surprised some people. I am pretty positive that most thought we would go 0-4 ... maybe 1-3 at the Cavalier Classic," PHS coach Michael Fredericks said. "I am excited to get back in the gym (for practice). We didn't have practice last week because we played on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. We couldn't practice on Thursday due to Thanksgiving. Practices are the key to success.
"We will get after it this week in practice. Though we played well, we have a bunch of things to work on. I told the guys after the victory against King ... 'Happy, but never satisfied.'"
The Tigers doubled up the Jaguars 20-10 by halftime. King was able to cut the lead to 33-27 at the end of three quarters.
Josh Reinhardt led the Tigers with 20 points, Garrett Allen had 17 and Christian Parry added 10.
The Tigers met Mendota Tuesday night at Prouty Gym.
DePue repeats at Williamsfield: The DePue Little Giants wrapped their title defense of the ROWVA-Williamsfield Tournament, by defeating West Central 58-29 Monday night in Williamsfield.
The Little Giants misedeight straight layups, but still led 13-6 after one quarter and then opened up a 33-8 halftime lead. Senior Rafa Puga and Eddie Moreno each had 13 points and Austin Cisco had 9.
DePue beat Henry 60-42 Friday with Moreno scoring 20 points, Manny Winfert 17 and Cisco with 10.
On Saturday, the Little Giants beat United 63-41. Moreno, Puga, Winfert all had 14 points with Cisco adding 10.
Amboy clips LaMoille-Ohio 43: The Lions dropped their third straight game in the AFC Tournament Saturday, falling 53-43 to finish 1-3, taking fourth place. Thomas Stamberger and Brady Becker each scored 12 points for the Lions.
Polo went 4-0 to take first place.
Bruins fall in OT: The Milledgeville Missiles shot down St. Bede 61-59 in overtime Saturday to capture the Oregon Tip-Off Classic. Had the Bruins, who went 2-2, won they would have taken the title
Jackson Funfsinn fired in 22 points on the way to claiming all-tournament honors. Alec Kunkel (12) and Luke Sanchez (10) combined for 22 more.
St. Bede 62, Morrison 46: Sanchez went off for 28 points to lead the Bruins past the Mustangs Friday.
Loftus nets record: Lexi Loftus, a senior from Ohio, became the all-time scoring leader in the LaMoille-Ohio history with 33 points Monday to lead the Lady Lions to a 54-38 win over Kirkland Hiawatha Monday night.
Loftus surpassed the mark of LaMoille scoring leader Nigel Geuther (1,440) with 15 points in the first quarter.
Loftus also had 15 steals and Collete Monier had 10 rebounds.
Lady Devils win in OT: Freshman Jaclyn Cinotte scored all four of her points in overtime with two free throws and a layup to lift Hall past Prophetstown 47-45 Monday at Hall.
Hanah Hart led Hall (4-1) with 17 points, Madi Soldati had 11 and Gabby Englehaupt added seven.
"It was a great win against an undefeated Prophetstown team," Hall coach Brian Holman said. "Our rebounding was the key to getting the job done. Gabby Englehaupt played her best game as an upperclassman and we needed every bit of it. It was also great to see our defense lock down in the fourth quarter and OT when we needed it the most."
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