When you have lost three out of your last four games by a total of six points, Tuesday night’s game for the Princeton Tigers was rather refreshing.
The Tigers (2-3) scored the first 22 points of the game and cruised to a 76-32 win over visiting Alleman at Prouty Gym. PHS coach Jason Smith cleared the bench early and neither string of Tigers wavered along the way to victory.
“It was nice to have some breathing room, I’m not going to lie,” Smith said. “It just shows that we can be a good team. It’s just early in the season, it takes baby steps to get there. You’re playing from November to February, right? And so we don’t want to be peaking in November. If we can learn from those mistakes that got us the 1-3 and improve on those each game, that’s all I can ask for.”
Those fans who may not have got the BCR alert that the varsity game would be starting at 6:45 p.m. rather than 7 p.m. missed a good show.
The Tigers poured in the first 22 points of the game in the first six minutes of play, looking like a track meet with run outs by Grady Thompson and Kolten Monroe and dunk by Teegan Davis. Thompson added a 3-pointer to run the Tigers lead to 22-0 at the 2:15 mark.
Ryan Schmitt finally got the Pioneers on the board with 1 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter.
Christian Rosario and Bennett Sierens came off the bench to hit 3-pointers to close out the first quarter for a 28-4 Tiger lead.
While these kind of games are fun for the whole team with a lot of kids seeing considerable playing time, it can be hard to keep their focus, Smith said.
“When you go up that big so quick, it’s tough to keep the kids motivated to do what they’re supposed to do and do the right things. That’s where it’s tough coaching in that aspect,” he said.
“It was a good fun game for the kids. They came out and played hard in their home opener and all three groups had high energy. I’m pretty proud of them.”
The Tigers outscored their guest 14-8 in the second quarter, including an 8-0 run to take a 42-12 halftime lead.
Kolten Monroe had a rim-rattling and rim-swaying dunk and Karter Patterson hit a 3-pointer to cap the run.
Thompson led all scorers with a sweet 16 while Kolten Monroe had 13 along with Rosario off the bench. Kaden Monroe added eight points and Sierens had six.
Schmitt led Alleman with 11.
Tiger tales: The Kittens also won the sophomore game handily. They led 30-2 at the half on the way to a 48-17 victory. Fourteen different players scored for PHS in all, topped by Andrew Peacock and Josh Orwig netting six each and Landen Koning five. ... PHS will return to action Friday night at IVC.