Princeton started early and closed fast in beating Nitro 83-67 at the PSHS gym Thursday night. The Tigers used a balanced attack with four starters scoring in double figures to win their third game in four starts.
In the opening period Kyle Caron and Aaron Ferguson combined for 17 points and Princeton led 23-13 after eight minutes.
The Tigers took a 44-33 lead into the locker room and expanded that margin to 20 points, 59-39, on a pari of Ryan Meadows foul shots with 2:45 remaining in the third quarter.
Nitro then mounted a run behind senior guard Angelo Sirianni. He scored six points during a 9-0 run and Nitro trailed by 11, 61-50, after three periods.
In the final quarter the Wildcats crept to within seven on three occasions. After a Sam Neff jumper from the lane with three-and-a-half minutes remaining, Princeton’s Hunter Walters converted a three-point-play and Princeton led by double figures, 73-63.
The Tigers were solid at the line, hitting their final eight foul shots to walk away with the win.
Princeton’s scoring featured Ryan Meadows with 23, Caron with 22, Walters with 19 and Ferguson with 14. Sirianni led Nitro and paced all scorers with 25.
Princeton won the JV game 61-46.
Weather permitting the Tigers will take on James Monroe tonight in the opening round of the Alpha Natural Resources Tournament at PSHS.
At Princeton Senior High School
Angelo Sirianni 25, Trevon Taylor 10, Tyler Barton 4, Sam Neff 14, Ethan Clark 8, Hunter Ferrari 3, Lee Klocke 3
Ryan Meadows 23, Derek Jennelle 3, Ryan Rogers 2, Hunter Walters 19, Kyle Caron 22, Aaron Ferguson 14.
Nitro....................................................13 20 17 17 — 67
Princeton............................................23 21 17 22 — 83
Three point baskets: Nitro - Sirianni 3, Neff 2. Princeton - Meadows 2, Jennelle, Caron