Colby Sullivan scored 16 points and led a well-balanced, start-to-finish team effort as Princeton dominated Carolina 1-A Conference foe Hobbton 71-42 on Friday night inside Deacon Jones Gymnasium.
The victory moved Princeton to 16-2 overall and 8-0 in the Carolina 1-A Conference.
“I thought we executed really well,” said Princeton head coach David Cobb. “When we broke their trap, we were able to penetrate pretty easily.
“We could’ve pretty much named our score. We are trying to work on things that may help us down the line.”
Hobbton took a very early 2-1 lead before the Bulldogs flipped the switch and pounced on the Wildcats. Sullivan and Jaheim Taylor each scored five points in the first quarter, as the Bulldogs were scoring at will in the lane, controlling the glass and keeping Hobbton from getting good shots off. Princeton led 19-6 after the first quarter and by 27 at the break.
From there, the outcome was never in doubt.
The second half held identical form as the Bulldogs rotated effectively on defense and got into the paint of offense. Princeton held Hobbton to just nine points in the third quarter.
Hobbton was led by Josh Royal and Jordan Pearsall, both finished the night with nine points. D.J. Robinson, Daniel Britt, Andrew Howard, Evan Hope and Jackson Weeks rounded out matters for Hobbton, combining for 24 points.
Sullivan’s effort was complimented by Lamar Wilkins, who scored 12 points. Tyrese Joyner and Nayshin Walker each scored 10 points. Taylor finished with eight points, Alan Farrior scored six points.
Next up for the Bulldogs is a date with arch rival Rosewood on Wednesday. Princeton is hoping to avenge last year’s 56-43 loss that enabled Rosewood to win the 1-A regular-season championship.
“I don’t have to say much, I all have to say is Rosewood, and the guys will respond,” said Cobb. “They have been looking forward to this, and we’ll be ready.”