Boys basketball: L-P 63, Princeton 59
LASALLE — Just about every stat possible was even between LaSalle-Peru and Princeton as the two varsity teams battled as the weather grew ugly outside, but the Cavaliers pulled ahead in overtime for the 63-59 nonconference victory over the Tigers Saturday night in LaSalle.
The Tigers led 55-52 late in regulation and Drake Weber drove hard to the basket getting the bucket and fouled by Jamie Reinhardt and after the foul shot the game was tied at 55.
Reinhardt then drove at the other end, but the shot rattled out. L-P called a pair of timeouts and got a great look at a 3-pointer from Hunter Larson that rattled in and out forcing overtime.
“Boy, we all thought that was in,” Cavaliers coach Jim Cherveny said with a laugh. “And also what a play by Drake Weber there on that 3-point play to tie the game. We worry about his free throws sometime, but he hit some big ones. We don’t worry about his driving or shooting much. He hit some big shots again tonight.”
To start the extra session, Brayden DeBates hit a 3-pointer from the corner, but Larson came right back down the floor and hit one for the Cavs.
Tyler Hartman then gave the Cavs the lead with the fast-break layup before Weber hit one of two free throws for a 61-59 lead, but the Tigers were unable to cash in on some good looks on the offensive end and fell 63-59 in overtime.
“We forced some turnovers to get the lead, then give up some big plays,” Tigers coach Jason Smith said. “That seems to sum up our whole season. We can’t seem to string together much consistency and that starts with me so I have to go home and see how to improve on that.”
The Tigers started the game off strong scoring the game’s first eight points. Wyatt Davis drained a 3-pointer and then DeBates put back the offensive rebound before Caleb Haring hit 15-foot jumper for an 8-0 lead.
Jack Scheri missed the 3-pointer, but Jarrett Skinner got the putback before Michael Jareb hit the floater in the lane.
Branden Haring found his brother, Caleb, for the layup as the Tigers led 13-6 after the opening period. The lead grew to 17-8 after a short jumper from Cole Adams and a drive and the finish from Reinhardt.
Hartman hit a short jumper for the Cavs before Weber and Larson hit back-to-back shots for the Cavs who went on an 8-0 run to make it 19-18 Princeton.
Reinhardt stole the ball and converted the layup, but Larson tied the game at 21 with a 3-pointer before Caleb Haring hit a 15-foot jumper to give Princeton a 23-21 halftime lead.
The Cavs briefly took the lead with a floater in the lane from Scheri and then a layup from Hartman, but after some free throws by the Tigers, Cherveny was whistled for the technical and Reinhardt’s free throws gave the lead back to Princeton 29-25.
Princeton hit four more free throws in the quarter and Weber hit a 30-foot shot as the game went into the final quarter tied at 35.
Latrell Coulter came up with six big offensive rebounds on the night, and two of them in the fourth led to four consecutive free throws that he converted for a 41-40 lead.
“We tell the guys all the time to practice hard and be prepared,” Cherveny said. “Tonight was Latrell’s night. He got some huge rebounds and hit his free throws for us.”
L-P led 47-46, but three straight turnovers led to a Reinhardt layup and four Tigers free throws for a 52-49 edge before the Cavs tied it up and won the game in overtime.
“I didn’t think we played with as much heart and passion as I would like us to,” Smith said.
“When you play on someone else’s floor, you have to want it more, and I didn’t think we did that all night.”