GENESEO — Jason Smith knows his Princeton Tigers are going to win some and they’re going to lose some. It’s how they play the game that concerns him the most.
As happy as he was with the Tigers’ 57-49 win earlier in the day over Rock Falls in the Geneseo Thanksgiving Shootout Saturday, he was upset with their play in their 65-38 loss to East Moline United Township later. And he let his team know about his displeasure.
“I was really excited about our effort, our passion, our hustle in the Rock Falls game, and I’m equally disappointed in the second game. We need to find some consistency somewhere,” Smith said.
“We were building. Geneseo (Monday’s game) we just chalked that up to being our first game together, building blocks to Rockridge our next game (Friday). If we hit our free throws, we win that ballgame. If we limit our fouls, we win that ballgame and then beating Rock Falls, so we’re climbing that ladder. I feel like we took three steps forward and now taking two steps back
“When I’m unhappy, I’m going to tell them. I’m not going to sugarcoat it. They know that. They know that effort level in the second game was unacceptable. They know the difference between the first game, which was a great effort by our kids, to the second game, which was no heart, no effort. And that’s not those kids. They can say they were tired from playing that first game, but that’s just an excuse.”
Smith said he graded out the first half of the Rock Falls as a C and the second half an A. The second game, however, was an F all way around, he said.
Princeton 57, Rock Falls 49
Down 30-26 at the half, the Tigers outscored Brad Bickett’s Rockets 19-5 in the third quarter to go up 41-35 at quarter’s end.
Cael Davis hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter and added another in the fourth, finishing with 10 points.
Branden Haring also hit three-pointers, leading the Tigers with 15 points, according to Jim Smith’s PHS scorebook, as well as the Rock Falls scorebook. The official scorer, however, awarded one of Haring’s baskets to Rock Falls, making the official final score at 57.
Jamie Reinhardt added 11 points.
East Moline 65, Princeton 38
The Panthers led from the very beginning in the Saturday evening matchup, up 18-7 after the first quarter and 42-18 at the half.
Reinhardt, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, led the Tigers with 11 points and Isaac Legner added nine.
Tiger tales: The PHS sophomores beat Rock Falls 61-49 Saturday with Brayden Scaggs scoring 19 and Teegan Davis 13. They lost later to United Township 50-41 with Scaggs netting 17 and Bennett Sierens 8. … Both PHS clubs got back in action at home Tuesday vs. Mendota. Smith said he was excited for the Tigers to make their home opener and to see all the “Tiger crazies” there to support them.