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Kewanee boils over late, tops Tigers

Boys basketball: Kewanee 69, Princeton 56

Kewanee used a 15-0 run the fourth quarter to pull away to a 69-56 win over Princeton at Prouty Gym Tuesday night.
Kewanee used a 15-0 run the fourth quarter to pull away to a 69-56 win over Princeton at Prouty Gym Tuesday night.

The Princeton Tigers had all the momentum at the end of the third quarter Tuesday night against No. 6 state-ranked Kewanee.

The Tigers outscored their guests 10-3 in the final 2 1/2 minutes, capped by Liam Duffin's 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Tigers a 46-44 lead. For good measure, big man Caleb Haring stepped out to hit a trey for a 49-46 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The Boilermakers then stole the Tigers' thunder, going on a 15-0 run to take a 61-49 lead en route to a 69-56 victory in TRAC East play. It was the Boilermakers' second win over the Tigers in eight days.

"I'm proud of my guys effort down the stretch. We've just got to execute better. I've got to put guys in better positions to execute better down the stretch," PHS coach Jason Smith said.

"It's all about taking care of the ball, secure in our defensive rebounds and making free throws. I think we did not do that very well in the fourth quarter, and I think that hurt us.

"Credit them for putting us on difficult spots. They're a big spirited presence down low when we tried to go in. ... Our kids put up a heckuva fight. They were battle tested tonight. They came out on top, but who knows the next time we play

"I'm a competitor. I don't like losing. I'd like to play them a third time."

Kewanee (25-4) improved to 9-1 atop the TRAC East with PHS falling to 7-4 in third place behind Newman (8-2).

The Boilermakers led 41-36 late in the third quarter before Wyatt Davis buried a 3-ball from the left corner with 0:40 left. Davis scored on a drive to tie it at 41 and Duffin sank two free throws to push the Tigers in front with 23.7 left in the third.

Ka'Zeer Johnson converted a 3-point play from the charity stripe, but Duffin got it back with his trey from the right corner to put the Tigers right back in front at 46-44 at quarter's end.

Kewanee scored first in the fourth quarter to tie back up at 46, but Caleb Haring hit his trey from the top to push PHS back in the lead at 49-46.

The Boilermakers boiled over with 15 straight points to go up 61-49 with the Tigers not scoring until a Cole Adams free throw at the 1:13 mark.

Jamie Reinhardt led PHS with 13 points and Wyatt Davis added 11 points.

Kewanee's Kavon Russell led all scorers with 18 points with teammate Niko Powe adding 16.

• Tiger tales: The Riveters won the sophomore game 58-55 over PHS, despite Brayden Scaggs' 33 points. Grady Thompson added 10 points for PHS. ... PHS will remain at home to host rival Bureau Valley Friday night and former NCIC foe Rochelle Saturday night (6:30 p.m.).

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