Princeton Times


December 28, 2012

Cross county rivalry back on court tonight

PRINCETON — Mercer County’s biggest rivalry heats up again tonight.
The Princeton Senior High boys’ basketball team travels to Brushfork to battle county rival Bluefield at the Brushfork Armory.
Tigers coach Ernie Gilliard said that he wanted to win the game but he didn’t want his players to emphasize the game too much. He added that the Tigers were not going to what they wanted to do on the basketball court just because it was Bluefield.
“We’re not going to try to change who we are,” Gilliard said Wednesday evening by phone. “We still need to do the things that we’ve been doing well. We’ve been shooting the ball pretty good, we need to keep rebounding the basketball and we need to play as a team.”
One area of emphasis in practice is handling the pressure that Bluefield is sure to bring. Gilliard added that turnovers were one of three key areas that Princeton needed to have success in. He also believed the Tigers needed to control their side of the defensive glass and shoot the ball well.
Last season, the Beavers and Tigers split their two games. 
The Tigers won the first match-up defeating Bluefield, 53-51, with a strong defensive second half. Hunter Walters and Ryan Meadows led with 19 and 17 points. Anthony Eades led Bluefield with 20 points. 
In the second matchup, Bluefield paid the Tigers back with a 70-54 defeat at the Ned Shott Gymnasium. Meadows popped in 17 and Darnell Palmer added 11 to lead the Tigers. Bluefield was led by Lykell Collier's 26, Eades' 21, and K.J. Mann's 12. 
Tonight’s game tips off at 7:30 p.m. at the Brushfork Armory. 
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