PRINCETON — The Princeton Tigers made their Senior Night one to remember, holding off a second-half charge by the Bureau Valley Storm to win 74-62 at Prouty Gym Friday night.
Jamie Reinhardt led the Tigers with 17 points, followed by Cole Adams with 13 and Liam Duffin with 11.
Princeton jumped to a 22-8 first period lead, helped by Adams and Branden Haring (8) nailing a couple of 3-pointers each, and limiting Storm standout Dalton Dean to three points worth of free throws.
"When we got down 18-3, I didn't think it was because we were playing soft," BV coach Jason Marquis said. "We had open looks, we had contested looks."
Dalton would go on to score 12 of his 25 game points in the second period, nine of them in 3-pointers.
Adam Johnson (9) and Evan Eckberg (7) also stepped for the Storm, but the Tigers' Tyler Gibson (6), Duffin, and Reinhardt stepped up as well to put PHS ahead 44-27 at the half.
The Tigers and their crowd got a boost when Duffin stuffed the goal, only to be tagged with a technical for apparently hanging on the rim too long.
"They said he was doing a 'pull-up' on it, so I guess it was warranted," PHS coach Jason Smith said. "But I thought it ignited us a little bit."
Fortunately for the Tigers, the resulting free throws by BV were both missed so the penalty was not as costly as it could have been.
"I thought the first half we played pretty well," Smith said. "I knew they were gonna come back (though). If you don't have that killer instinct, you better get it pretty soon or it will mean an early exit come regional time."
The "killer instinct" seemed to be with Bureau Valley in the second half as they literally stormed back to narrow PHS' lead to 57-52 at the end of the third period.
More Storm players stepping up were Carter Salisbury (12) and Devin Batten (7) to help in the comeback.
Unfortunately for the Storm, that was as narrow as the gap would be, as missed free throws and Dean fouling out at 1:59 in the fourth period only hurt their cause and allow Princeton to stay ahead and seal the victory.
* Princeton won the sophomore game 58-47 over BV, led by Grady Thompson with 21 points, Jackson Dressler with 11 and Max Taylor with 10.
Layton Britt led the BV effort with 15 points while Brock Foster scored 10 and Nevin Bolin contributed nine.