Princeton boys knock rust off, still get win

The Bulldogs’ Tyler Whitley rises up for the 3-pointer in Princeton’s 72-56 victory over Hobbton. (Michael Held photo)

BY MICHAEL HELD

Sports editor

PRINCETON—It wasn’t pretty and Princeton boys basketball coach David Cobb predicted as much before the game. However, in the end, the Bulldogs did enough things right, especially in the second half, to put away Hobbton 72-56 last week.

Having just a couple of practices leading into the Carolina 1A Conference matchup, Cobb knew there was rust that needed to get shaken off.

A tough first half shooting the ball saw Princeton (6-7, 2-1) hold only a modest three-point halftime advantage over the Wildcats as Hobbton’s backup guard Omar Farrior kept the visitors in the game with a torrid shooting display.

After Farrior went off for 20 points in the first half, the Bulldogs limited him to just four points in the third frame while their own Garrett Klein and Tyler Whitley warmed up to extend the lead to 12 points by the end of the quarter.

“I expected us to have a lot of rust,” said Cobb, who saw some ‘rust’ apparent the day before in practice. “But in the second half, we started doing some things well. We started hitting the open man.

“We knocked the rust off and luckily we got out of here with a win.”

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