2011-03-23 / Sports

Princeton wins youth hoops’ NCAA title


The Princeton Tigers were recently crowned the Clarence Little League Basketball program’s NCAA champs after completing a perfect season with a 40-32 championship-game win over the Blue Devils. Members of the team are, from left: first row - Matt Zuffranieri; second row - Jackson Wurtz, Connor Garrett, Jack Shaver; third row - coach Marty Zuffranieri, Jared Rochez, Griffin Schmit, Jacob Dry, Philip Smitkin and Joe Wikar. Fellow team member Tia Elliston, as well as assistant coach Curt Schmit, are both missing from the photo. The Princeton Tigers were recently crowned the Clarence Little League Basketball program’s NCAA champs after completing a perfect season with a 40-32 championship-game win over the Blue Devils. Members of the team are, from left: first row - Matt Zuffranieri; second row - Jackson Wurtz, Connor Garrett, Jack Shaver; third row - coach Marty Zuffranieri, Jared Rochez, Griffin Schmit, Jacob Dry, Philip Smitkin and Joe Wikar. Fellow team member Tia Elliston, as well as assistant coach Curt Schmit, are both missing from the photo. The 10-0 Princeton Tigers recently capped off their undefeated season by winning the Clarence Little League Basketball NCAA Championship game with the Duke Blue Devils, 40-32.

Led by high-scorer Griffin Schmit, the Tigers took control of the game after falling behind early. Jackson Wurtz provided key assists and solid defense, while Matt Zuffanieri and Joe Wikar sunk baskets under pressure, setting the tone in the second half.

Philip Simkin and Jack Shaver each chipped in points to seal the victory for Princeton, which advanced to the title game by defeating North Carolina in the semifinal round.

Austin Knorz, Jordan Thompson and Jack Putney played strong for Duke.

NBA Division

Lakers 43, Mavs 30

The Lakers marched into the Clarence Little League Basketball NBA Finals with a 43-30 victory over the Mavericks.

The Lakers jumped out to an early lead as Adam Southern stole the ball several times and scored four of his nine points in the first period.

Bryan Karras led all scorers with 22 points, while Brian Pulli had seven points and Jordan Hrynanzak added five. James Sykas led the Laker defensive effort.

Adam Schwertfeger showed strong post moves as he led the Mavs with 18. Hunter Harris chipped in seven, while Nick Keiner’s defensive efforts kept the game close.

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