PROPHETSTOWN — Princeton coach Michael Fredericks believes his team is at its best when they are sharing the ball.
On Tuesday night, the Tigers did just that with 17 assists on 25 made baskets and 10 of the 11 players on the roster scoring in a 63-42 win in Three Rivers Conference East Action in Prophetstown.
Senior Garrett Allen led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points, as the Tigers (6-1, 2-0) used a big second quarter to take control of the game, outscoring the Prophets 24-9 in the period.
“Basketball is a game of runs and I just think we started to get into the flow of the game,” Fredericks said about the second quarter. “Early on and throughout the game, I thought we settled for shots. We are always preaching pass up a good shot for a great shot. I thought there were certain stretches of the game that we really did that.”
Allen started the decisive second quarter with a 3-pointer as the Tigers also got treys from Branden Haring and Christian Parry in the period. The Tigers used runs of 10-3 and 10-0 in the second to put them up 37-17 by halftime.
“We did what Coach Fred said to do,” Allen said. “We kept moving the ball, pushing it and getting easy layups on them.”
Defensively, the Tigers frustrated the Prophets into just two field goals in the period with a mix of full-court pressure and a half-court zone. Princeton finished the game with 12 steals in the game, led by four by senior guard Josh Reinhardt.
Prophetstown could only get as close as a 16-point deficit in the second half after starting the third with buckets from Sam Jones and Logan Henrekin. However, the Princeton lead would grow to as much as 25 in the fourth.
“We just didn’t have much energy tonight and they were ready to play more than we were,” said Henrekin, who led all scorers with 18 points in the game. “Our shots weren’t falling and turnovers were big tonight. We need to clean that up.”
Princeton shot 53 percent from the field in the game. In addition to Allen’s 13, Reinhardt chipped in 10 points, and Koel Hjerstedt and Parry scored nine points apiece.
“I think we played a pretty solid team game,” Allen said. “We moved the ball pretty well and I thought our defense was solid all the way around.”
• Princeton won the sophomore game 65-21. ... The Tigers will return to action Friday night at St. Bede Academy and then turn around and play the Bruins again at 6 p.m. Saturday to make their debut in the Colmone Classic at Hall.
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