Princeton hoops fans got their first look at the Tiger boys squad on the home court for the Nov. 26 game with Zimmerman. The Thunder had just enough energy to get past the Tigers 86-84 in the non-conference matchup in front of a spirited pre-holiday crowd.
The two teams exchanged the lead out of the gate until the game was tied at 11-11. Zimmerman then exploited interior chances against the Tiger defense to build a 10-point advantage 10 minutes into the game. But Princeton kept firing from the arc, and Sinkel, Chance Parker, Eric Norman, Tanner Kinney and Brady Peterson all hit three-pointers to get back to within 46-42 at the break.
Sinkel led the defense with three blocked shots in the half and also swiped a couple steals to slow the Thunder a bit. Kinney also sliced inside well in the half and finished with 22 points in the match, finishing with six three-pointers.
Sinkel knocked down 7-of-14 three-pointers and led Princeton with 31 points. Brady Peterson added 13 points before fouling out. More Tiger scorers were Parker (6), Aaron Embertson (6), Marqus Flicek (5), and Norman (3).
“We are going to push the ball this year. Right now when your tallest guy is a 6’2” shooting guard, your only option is to shoot a lot of ‘3s’ and get up and down the floor as fast as you can– make the most out of your possessions,” described Coach Cloutier. “It’s something we practice and drill every single day.”