Monday, March 27, 2023

Andrade lighting it up to lead Eagles

Princeton’s Junior Andrade, shown in a photo from last month, is the leading scorer in the Northern Section this season.

Despite having just 75 students in attendance at Princeton High School, the Eagles’ basketball team is making it known that they cannot be taken lightly on the court.

And although the squad is far from a one-man show, leading the way is the Northern Section’s top scorer this season, Junior Andrade.

In three Pioneer League games last week, Andrade averaged 31 points per contest as Princeton bookended victories over Biggs and Herlong around a loss to Greenville.

Starting off last Monday at home against Biggs, the Eagles emerged with a 96-88 triumph, posting the highest point total of any team in the county so far this season.

Accounting for 45 of those points was Andrade, who was on fire at distance, hitting 12 shots from beyond the arc to reach his career high.

Teammate Corwyn Roberson was also impressive in his performance, registering a double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Also making noteworthy contributions were Alex Medina, who finished with 12 points and five steals, and Tito Reynoso, who pitched in with nine points and four boards.

Playing in Greenville on Jan. 25, the Eagles were upset by the Indians 74-53, in a game described by Eagles’ coach Jordan Dillard as “total chaos” due to the way the game was officiated.

Still, Andrade stayed hot with a team-high 20 points, Reynoso hit five threes to end the night with 15 points, while Roberson continued his strong play with another double-double that included 14 points and 13 rebounds.

To round out its slate of games, Princeton traveled to Herlong where it downed the Vikings 73-48.

Andrade poured in 28 points, Roberson logged his third double-double of the week with 16 points and 13 boards, and Brock Heater went two of three from downtown to finish with six points.

This week is a busy one for the Eagles (9-4, 3-2) as they look to make a move in the standings.

Princeton hosted Westwood on Monday and Paradise Adventist on Tuesday ahead of rematches with Loyalton and Greenville on Thursday and Friday, respectively. ■

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