After traveling half way around the world and being delayed at an airport for two days due to snow, the Prince Alfred College Princes were able to take on Fredonia in boys' high school basketball, Monday.
However, the outcome wasn't what they were looking for as the Hillbillies cruised to a 69-54 win in their season opener.
"This was a lot of fun," Fredonia coach Greg Lauer said. "It was a great way to kick off our season by playing a great group of guys with some great coaches."
OBSERVER?Photo by Sean?Pecuch
Fredonia’s Brian?Ward attempts to block a shot from Prince Alfred’s Nicholas Krantz during Monday’s high school basketball game at Fredonia. The Prince Alfred team will travel to?Chautauqua Lake today to take on the Thunderbirds.
Before the game began the Hillbillies exchanged gifts with the Princes, Fredonia receiving Australian flags while Prince Alfred received T-shirts.
Also prior to tip-off, both the Australian and U.S. national anthems were played.
Once the game began, the Hillbillies got out to a quick start, outscoring Prince Alfred 17-6.
The Princes played tough defense, but offensively struggled to finish near the basket.
Fredonia finished out the first quarter with a 24-11 lead, but despite the gap, Prince Alfred remained in the game.
"We got outplayed," Prince Alfred coach Paul Rigoni said. "This has been a good experience for us, but we have to get better."
In the second quarter, Fredonia's Brian Ward scored six of his game-high 19 points as the Hillbillies continued to roll. Fredonia headed into halftime with a 37-20 lead.
"I thought that Brian Ward and Dylan Meyer played well," Lauer said. "They both took it to the hoop and scored some big baskets for us."
It was the third quarter when Prince Alfred's offense came alive. The Princes started off the second half eight straight points, which cut Fredonia's lead, 37-28.
"I think in the third quarter we showed how we normally play," Rigoni said. "We just weren't ready to play."
The Princes scored 21 points in the third quarter, which included four buckets from behind the arc.
"We looked pretty good for the first game," Lauer said. "We definitely have some things to work on defensively, but I was pretty happy with the way our offense played."
Through three quarters, the Hillbillies' lead was down to 49-41, but Fredonia regained momentum in the fourth quarter.
Meyer contributed in the win with 13 points.
For Prince Alfred, Darcy Lord scored seven of his 12 points in the fourth quarter.
"I thought Darcy Lord was our best player tonight," Rigoni said. "We've had some learning experiences on this trip. We got snowed in for two days in Chicago and that is something we aren't used to dealing with."
Thomas Hobbs scored 15 points for the Princes.
Prince Alfred will travel to play Chautauqua Lake today.