The Rundown: Princeton outlasts Sartell

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Posted On: 12/29/17 1:38 PM

In a St. Cloud area game of the year candidate Princeton withstood a Sartell furious run to win 80-77 in overtime led by the 27 points of Adam Williams.

Princeton

Tate Laabs. The sophomore played a very underrated role in this game chasing down ten rebounds and doing a solid job of handing at times and moving the basketball side to side.  Steady young player who I think has a solid future.

James Flicek. I look at this tough senior and can’t stop thinking of Lil Mac on Tyson’s Punch Out outworking his opponents no matter who he faced. Then the jump passes from Flicek really did gave the comparison a stamp of approval. Flicek had a game high 11 assists plus 18 points giving him a double-double. Was efficient with his dozen shots making seven and always seemed to make the tough play.

Adam Williams. Adam has to be one of the best shooters in the state for his class.  Every time I see him play or look at a Princeton box score he’s hit at least 3 or 4 threes. Today Williams scored a game high 27 points hitting four threes and making 10 of 17 field goals. Adam had some turnover issues but made up for that with his And1 and make foul shots in overtime.

Jon Stimmler. Big Jon caught, turned left shoulder, and softly scored on balance pretty much every time he got a touch on the block and he made all his free throws. Stimmler scored 16 points and once he touched down low it was over.

Sartell

Matt Sieben. Sieben was Mr Big Shot.  The Sartell senior hit the late three to tie the game with  about 15 seconds left and then hit a running 25 footer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. These were two of his four three-point makes on the day.

Jay Bertelson. Jay’s defense was key down the stretch helping his team pressure Princeton into problems plus he took a big charge late. Experienced player who also made a clutch shot late on his way to 14 points.

Thomas Gieske. Gieske made a great impression attacking off the bounce and forcing his way to the rim for 22 points on 9 of 18 shooting going over length to finish.  Made all his foul shots, had a surprising two-hand dunk late going baseline, and has more vertical explosion then I was ready for.  Six-foot-3 three junior that is a better prospect than I expected.

Ryan Fernholz. Scored his 11 on efficient 5 of 6 shooting.