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Bulldogs rule conference tourney

Princeton tops Rosewood, 61-49, in title tilt

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ROSEWOOD — Facing its biggest rival for the third time in less than three weeks, the Princeton High varsity boys basketball team leaned on senior leaders Lamarr Wilkins and Colby Sullivan to complete the season sweep of pre-determined tournament host Rosewood with a 61-49 in the 1-A Carolina Conference final Friday night.

“(Lamar) is the spark plug of the engine, his intensity can drive us,” Bulldogs head coach David Cobb said. “We know that we can post (Sullivan) and get him some nice short jump shots which he can make most of the time.”

Sullivan finished with a game-high 20 points and Wilkins put in 16 points for the Bulldogs, who finished unbeaten in 12 regular-season and tourney games. The Golden Eagles, the regular-season runners-up, departed 14-8.

It wasn’t the prettiest game for Princeton, 22-2 overall, which fell behind 11-6 at the outset. But after two 3-pointers from sophomores Jaheim Taylor and Tyrese Joyner took a 12-11 lead.

The Bulldogs would lead until the Eagles tied it up at 42 with six minutes left in the fourth quarter. But a 3-pointer from Wilkins just a minute later put the Bulldogs in the lead permanently.

“I can’t say enough about how they responded,” Cobb said. “Am I happy with the way we played? No. But they responded when we needed and they were able to ice the game for us.”

Taylor finished with 10 points for the Bulldogs. Roderick Benjamin led the Eagles with 17 points.

ROSEWOOD (49)

Benjamin 17, Capps 10, Reid 9, Searles 6, Mitchell 3, Brown 2, Jackson 2.

PRINCETON (61)

Sullivan 20, Lamar 16, Taylor 10, Waller 8, Joyner 3, Farrior 2, Gurganious 2.

Score by quarters:

Rosewood 1118713—49

Princeton16141219—61

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