Slow start hurts PHS boys basketball

Tyler Whitley goes in for the basket in the Bulldogs’ 45-39 loss against South Johnston last week.

BY MICHAEL HELD

Sports editor

FOUR OAKS—A season-opening victory for the Princeton boys basketball team included a slow start but the Bulldogs were able to rebound to get the win at Midway.

In Princeton’s second game of the season, another road tilt at South Johnston, a slow first quarter proved to be too much for the Bulldogs to overcome in a 45-39 defeat.

A basket each from Alan Farrior and Lamar Wilkins was all the Bulldogs had to offer through the contest’s first eight minutes and Princeton fell behind 14 points by halftime.

A second half charge brought the Bulldogs close and Princeton got to within 41-35 with 2:30 remaining in the fourth quarter but couldn’t draw any closer down the stretch.

“I think a lot of it is excitement and really maybe trying too hard emotionally,” said Princeton coach David Cobb of the slow start. “I’m not big in moral victories so everybody saying that we did so much better in the second half doesn’t win you ball games.”

After Tyler Whitley’s made foul shot down the stretch cut the Trojans’ lead to half a dozen, the Bulldogs put together a good half court defensive showing, forcing a bad shot and Princeton’s Ryan Woodard pulled down the rebound.

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