March 21, 2019 04:17 PM
DeLaSalle found its way to a familiar place following its 93-54 victory over Princeton in the Class AAA semifinals of the boys basketball state tournament at Target Center. Senior forward Jamison Battle scored 28 points and senior guard Tyrell Terry added 22 points, 12 rebounds and six assists to power the top-seeded Islanders (26-5) into the Class AAA championship game for the seventh time since 2012.
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DeLaSalle will be playing for its seventh Class AAA crown since 2012 and eighth overall. In 2017, DeLaSalle completed a state-record run of six consecutive championships. The Islanders, who also won a Class AAA championship in 2006, couldn’t extend the streak to seven in a row in the 2018 state tournament, instead finishing with the third-place trophy. Also included in DeLaSalle’s rich tradition of success is a Class A crown in 1985 and 1988, and Class AA titles in 1998 and 1999, respectively.
The Islanders’ latest championship berth came courtesy of an up-tempo attack and pressure defense that didn’t take any breaks against Princeton (27-4). From the outset, DeLaSalle was off and running in building a 42-30 halftime lead, and then extending it with a 51-24 surge in the second half.
The Islanders scored 64 points in the paint, had 27 points off turnovers and 31 points off fast breaks.
Senior guard Kameron Givens had 19 points and junior center Jalen Travis contributed 14 points and six rebounds for the Islanders.
Princeton, making its first state tournament since 1932 and third overall, kept things close in the early going, but was forced to play catchup throughout. Senior guard Adam Williams had 21 points and center Jon Stimmler had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers.
Updated: March 21, 2019 04:17 PM
Created: March 21, 2019 02:37 PM
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