Princeton senior Jon Stimmler pulls down one of his 12 rebounds against Delano Tuesday night. Stimmler also had a team-high 22 points in the Tigers' 76-61 victory. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Princeton's James Flicek drives for a layup against Delano Tuesday night. Flicek had 18 points in the Tigers' 76-61 victory over the Tigers. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
While the three-pointer seems to have overtaken nearly all levels of basketball, Tuesday’s game between Delano and Princeton came down a good old fashioned battle of the posts.
The two big men – Princeton senior Jon Stimmler and Delano junior Max Otto – went toe-to-toe throughout the game. But in the end, Stimmler and Princeton got the best of Otto and Delano as a late run fueled Princeton to a 76-61 road victory over the defending Class 3A state champion.
Though the schools are in different conferences and sections, there’s a hint of familiarity between the programs. Princeton coach Brett Cloutier joked about the two matching up consistently at youth tournaments.
“I always joke with our youth coaches about how often Princeton and Delano meet at youth tournaments,” Cloutier said. “I have a ton of respect for what (Delano coach Terry Techam) has done with this program. We try to emulate what they’ve done to have success.”
In only its second game of the season, Princeton found itself in a dogfight against defending Class 3A state champion Delano. Princeton (2-0) emerged as the top dog, going on a 9-0 run late in the second half to defeat Delano 76-61 on Tuesday night at Delano High School.
The teams traded the lead throughout most of the game until late. Senior center Jon Stimmler was key down the stretch for Princeton, which is ranked No. 2 in Class 3A by Minnesota Basketball News. He tallied 22 points, 14 of which came in the second half. Stimmler also had 12 rebounds.
Princeton (2-0) received key contributions from senior guards James Flicek and Adam Williams, who each had 18 points.
No. 9-3A Delano (0-1) struggled down the stretch despite 23 points from senior guard Derek Techam. Junior guard Max Otto added eight points and 11 rebounds.
Delano senior Derek Techam breaks toward the basket as Princeton's Adam Williams defends. Despite Techam's game-high 23 points, the Tigers were defeated 76-61. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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