The Princeton Tigers boys basketball team will be playing for a regional championship after shocking top-seed Kewanee 60-56 Tuesday night at the IVC Regional in Chillicothe.
After a pair of double-digit losses to the Boilermakers during the regular season, this game belonged to the Tigers from the start. PHS led 13-11 at the end of the first quarter and stretched their lead to 10 at 27-17 midway through the second quarter before settling for a 29-25 halftime advantage.
The lead was back to 8 in the third before Kewanee scored the last 4 points of the quarter to pull to within 44-40 going into the fourth. A 3-point play by Kavon Russell cut the Tigers lead to just one at 52-51 with 3:30 left but Princeton responded with 4 quick points to keep the Boilers at arm's length. Jamie Reinhardt made a pair of free throws with :15 remaining to finish the scoring.
Wyatt Davis led the Tigers with 22 points while Reinhardt added 19 and Brayden DeBates 11. Kavon Russell scored a game-high 31 points for Kewanee, which played without starting center Carson Sauer.
With the win the Tigers improve to 16-14 and advance to Friday night's regional title game where they'll play the winner of Wednesday's matchup between Fieldcrest and host Chillicothe IVC. Kewanee ends their season with a 27-5 record.
During the post-game broadcast, Norm Vandermoon talked with the Tigers' Owen Rossler and Jamie Reinhardt…
Our next basketball broadcast is Friday night from the Chillicothe IVC Regional. The Princeton Tigers will face either Fieldcrest or IVC in the championship game. Norm Vandermoon has the call starting at 6:45 pm on WZOE-AM 1490 and streaming at princetonnewsnow.com.