DANBURY — The Prince Tech boys basketball team rolled out of Danbury Monday with its unbeaten record in tact following its thrilling victory over Immaculate — and it took the visitors from Hartford all they could muster to come from behind and win it.
Delshawn Jackson Jr. poured in 26 points as Prince Tech rallied from a five-point deficit late in the second quarter to win the non-conference clash 66-62. With eight straight wins to start the season, the Falcons are excited about what lies ahead for them.
“We just have to stay humble, and I have to keep leading my team,” said Jackson, who shot 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final minute — 13-for-17 for the game — to help the Falcons preserve their lead.
Kazell Stewart added 16 points and Mike Best scored 10.
For Immaculate, there was plenty to smile about, despite the loss. Prince Tech had a distinct height advantage down low — led by 6-foot-7 center Kaheem Stewart — and had plenty of firepower from the outside as well. Nonetheless, the Mustangs didn’t flinch.
Jack Woods scored 18 points and Mike Basile scored 14, and Immaculate was just a couple baskets away from taking this one. Ronan Doherty chipped in with 13 points and Quinn Guth scored 11.
“They’ve got big guys, and they’ve got great guards. They’ve got the whole package,” Immaculate coach Nelson Mingachos said of Prince Tech. “I’m thrilled with the effort and the performance of our team tonight. I thought they worked hard, they did all the little things, and they did a great job of boxing out the big guys. We got some open shots, they just weren’t dropping tonight. If those were dropping, it could have been a different story.”
A 3-pointer by Basile from the wing in front of the Prince Tech bench put Immaculate ahead 30-25 with 3:03 remaining in the first half. From there, a 9-0 run to finish the first half — sparked by a 3-pointer by Best — put Prince Tech up 34-30 at halftime. The Falcons then opened the second half with an 8-0 run to stretch their lead to 12.
“We just had to stop them from shooting and run them out of the gym,” Jackson said. “And we had to box out and rebound.”
Immaculate, however, continued chipping away and trimmed its deficit to three with 1:53 remaining, but came no closer.
“This has been one of my most fun seasons early on,” said Prince Tech coach Kendall May, whose team lost to Immaculate last year in Hartford. “With this year’s team, we’re like a family. We’ve got love for one another, and everybody picks each other up. That helps us get over some of the humps and obstacles that we have during the game.”
PRINCE TECH 66, IMMACULATE 62
PRINCE TECH (8-0)
Darius Nelson 3 1-2 9; Delshawn Jackson Jr. 6 13-17 26; Juron Jameson 0 0-0 0; Mike Best 3 1-2 10; Kaheem Stewart 2 1-2 5; Kazell Stewart 6 4-6 16. Totals: 20 20-29 66.
Jake Payton 1 4-4 6; Mike Basile 6 0-0 14; Jack Woods 8 0-0 18; Quinn Guth 4 1-1 11; Ronan Doherty 5 1-2 13; Jack Deakin 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 6-7 62.
PRINCE TECH13 21 16 16 — 66
IMMACULATE12 18 13 19 — 62
3-pointers: PT—Best 3, Nelson 2, Jackson; I—Basile 2, Woods 2, Guth 2, Doherty 2.