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Princeton falls to SouthWest Edgecombe

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PRINCETON — A Saturday afternoon home tilt with SouthWest Edgecombe did not go Princeton’s way as they fell 64-56 in the BSN Sports Classic.

The Bulldogs (10-4, 4-0 1-A CC) were without third leading scorer Jaheim Taylor. The junior broke his right wrist the night before on a fall against Lakewood in a 71-32 1-A Carolina Conference matchup. Princeton head coach David Cobb felt like his team had plenty of chances to win the ball game, but didn’t execute in key moments.

“Effort was good, but there’s no moral victories at this point — we should’ve won that ball game,” Cobb said. “We had every opportunity. We did not take advantage of a lot of situations.”

SouthWest Edgecombe (12-2, 2-0 2-A EPC) has two players taller than every player on Princeton’s roster in 6-foot-7 Zach Sledge and 6-foot-5 Radford Commit Keishon Porter. Porter, the long-limbed bouncy forward, finished with 20 points to lead all scorers after sitting out most of the first half with two fouls and finishing the half scoreless. Sledge finished with 14 points.

Sophomore guard Nayshin Waller finished with 16 points to lead Princeton. Second leading scorer junior Tyrese Whitley scored nine points. The Bulldogs got a welcomed scoring boost from junior Hunter Bailey and freshman Aden Taylor — Jaheim’s younger brother. Bailey had averaged 5.5, but scored 12 points while Aden averaged 4.6 and put in nine points. Cobb said that playing one game without Jaheim was important, because Princeton will play arch rival Rosewood on Tuesday. 

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