By MICHAEL HELD
PRINCETON—The Princeton boys basketball team hung tough with visiting Riverside in the opening round of the N.C High School Athletic Association playoffs but, in the end, just couldn’t get over the hump in a 57-51 loss that ended the Bulldogs’ season.
Princeton (14-11) headed into the final quarter down by just three points but the Knights held the Bulldogs to just 10 fourth quarter points and Riverside, especially point guard Jadakis Bonds, made key free throws down the stretch to pull out the six-point win.
Bonds led all scorers with 16. Half of those points came at the free throw line.
“I thought we played extremely hard,” said Princeton coach David Cobb. “We had our chance at the end but just couldn’t convert and they hit their free throws at the end.”
The Knights made 12 foul shots for the game while the Bulldogs had only 10 attempts.
Princeton found some success in the paint as Alan Farrior and Ryan Woodard combined for 27 points and 17 rebounds but the Bulldogs found less success from three-point range, just connecting on 3-of-11 three-pointers for the game.
The Bulldogs cut a nine-point halftime lead to three thanks to outscoring the Knights 17-11 in the third quarter.
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