FAIRFIELD — Led by Jarron Cumberland}s 41 points, Wilmington continued its winning ways Tuesday night in the Division I sectional action with an 86-52 win over Princeton here at Fairfield High School.
“We played with a lot of confidence and we had good looks early in the game although the shots just weren’t falling,” said WHS coach Michael Noszka. “We had a consistent effort in all four quarters. Now, the only game that is important is the next one.”
The win puts the Hurricane, 23-1 on the year, into the sectional championship game 7:30 p.m. Friday against Fairfield, an upset winner over Kings 62-57 Tuesday night at Hamilton High School.
Wilmington will face Fairfield at Hamilton High School.
It was an 18-6 WHS lead at the first quarter break and the Hurricane outgunned Princeton 35-18 in the second quarter to take a 53-24 lead at the intermission. The Hurricane steadily pulled away in the third quarter, leading 73-42 at the break.
Cumberland’s 41-point night included seven three-pointers. He had 24 in the first half and added 10 more in the third quarter. Coming off the bench, Jeffrey Mansfield scored 14 first half points and Chris Wolary tossed in 11 points.
Princeton was led by Tremell Jones with 19 points and Devan Cook added 11.
Alex Miller pulled down seven rebounds and Wolary grabbed four rebounds. Cumberland recorded four blocked shots for the Hurricane. He also dished out five assists. Cam Stewart led the way with eight assists, including six in the first half.
Wilmington committed just nine turnovers, five coming in the first half. Princeton was plagued by turnovers, committing 22 for the game, including 17 in the first half.
Wilmington capitalized on the Vikings miscues, generating 29 points off Princeton turnovers. Wilmington’s largest lead was 34 points at 78-44 early in the final quarter.
Noszka said his team is grateful for the support it receives wherever it plays. It was a sea of orange and black greeting the team when it took the floor.
“We want to thank the people of the Wilmington community for their overwhelming support,” the coach said. “It really spurs us on and to see the huge crowds everywhere we go really inspires the kids. I would be remiss if I did not single out the community for their effort, coming down here. It really means a lot to us.”
Feb 23, 2016
@Fairfield High School
Wilmington 86 Princeton 52
(86) WILMINGTON (2fg-3fg-ft-tp) Stewart 1-0-0-2, Morris 1-0-2-4, Miller 2-0-1-5, Smith 0-0-1-1, Beaugard 2-0-4-8. Cumberland 7-7-6-41, Mansfield 3-1-5-14, Wolary 4-0-3-11. TOTALS 20-8-22-86.
(52) PRINCETON (2fg-3fg-ft-tp) Cook 5-0-1-11, Jones 5-3-0-19, Pierce 3-0-2-8, Brayboy 1-0-2-4, Hunter 1-2-2-10. TOTALS 15-5-7-52.
FIELD GOALS: W 28-51 (Cumberland 14-22 Wolary 4-5 Mansfield 4-6); P 20-50 (Jones 8-10)
3 PT FIELD GOALS: W 8-17 (Cumberland 7-13 Mansfield 1-1); P 5-15 (Jones 3-4)
FREE THROWS: W 22-30 (Cumberland 6-8 Mansfield 5-6 Wolary 3-3 Morris 2-2); P 7-9
REBOUNDS: W-30 (Miller 7 Wolary 4 Mansfield 3 Beaugard 3 Stewart 3 Smith 2 Cumberland 2); P-27 (Pierce 12)
ASSISTS: W-19 (Stewart 8 Cumberland 5 Beaugard 3); P-13 (Jones 3 Walz 3)
STEALS: W-12 (Mansfield 3 Stewart 3 Beaugard 2 Cumberland 2); P-6
BLOCKED SHOTS: W-6 (Cumberland 4); P-4
TURNOVERS: W-9; P-22