After hitting the game-winning shot on Friday, Stanley Duncan wasn’t about to let a little foul trouble stop him on Saturday night.
Duncan picked up his second foul with 1:46 left in the first quarter and did not return the remainder of the first half on Saturday. No matter. He scored 16 of his game-high 19 points after intermission to spark Harrison High School’s boys’ basketball team to an 83-47 romp over visiting Princeton.
“No question. Stanley is a very tough kid,” Warriors coach Bryan Speer said. “He’s extremely coachable and plays every possession. He doesn’t have a long memory.”
Duncan’s points came in just 17 minutes and he also tied Brandon Stewart for the team-high in rebounds with six. He had not made a field goal all night on Friday before nailing a 3-pointer from the left corner with five seconds left to snap a tie and lift Harrison to a 65-62 win at North.
His teammates told him if he had the shot, he had to make it.
“They told me to make it and that’s what I did,” said the 6-foot-5 sophomore forward.
Instead of cruising against Princeton, Duncan said the Warriors worked on paying attention to the basics.
“We fixed up all the little details, such as blocking out and setting screens,” he said. “We wanted to get the win and that’s what we did.”
Princeton’s Tyler Holder hit a pair of free throws to narrow the deficit to 28-23 with 1:03 left in the second quarter. But the Warriors scored the last five points of the first half and the first eight of the second half to take control.
Harrison coach Bryan Speer was pleased by the way his team took care of business after an emotional victory over North. The two teams will meet again at North at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the first round of the Old National Bank Classic.
“I think our guys played with a little edge tonight and they concentrated,” Speer said. “I think we can be a very good team defensively. We had a good team defensive effort and I thought we did good things. Duran (Miller) did an excellent job of pressuring the ball and Brandon did an excellent job of pressuring the ball.
“We don’t take anything for granted. I’m proud of our effort and intensity. One of the things we say is the most important practice is the next one and the most important game is the next one.”
Everett Duncan added 12 points for Harrison, 10-0 and ranked No. 4 in Class 4A.
“Being 10-0 is a great thing to have,” Stanley Duncan said. “It’s a good accomplishment to (start) the season. Now it’s time for the next game.”
Chaz Wisuri was 3-for-3 from 3-point range in scoring 11 points off the bench. Stewart had 10.
Will Niederhaus led Princeton (6-5), which had a three-game winning streak snapped, with 17 points. Colton Wilder contributed 13.