After losing four starters and six of their top eight players to graduation, Princeton Community was expected to have a rebuilding year this season.
Someone forgot to mention that to this years Tigers’ team.
Princeton picked up a pair of wins last week, including a win over Evansville North Friday night to start off the season 2-0.
After making the Class 3A regional final last season — falling to eventual state champions Silver Creek — the Tigers started this season ranked No. 9 in the opening AP state rankings.
This week the Tigers moved all the way up to the No. 4 spot.
Silver Creek claimed 14 first-place votes and 280 overall to remain atop the 3A polls.
Indianapolis Brebeuf is No. 2 with 192, while Heritage Hills is No. 3 with 188.
The Tigers tallied 143 votes, while Greensburg rounds out the Top 5 with 136.
Silver Creek (1-0) and the Tigers are the only two teams in the Top 5 who have played a game this season.
Evansville Bosse is ranked No. 6 but have yet to play a game.
Bosse and Heritage Hills were scheduled to play in the River City Showcase last weekend, but due to the Patriots’ football team playing in the 3A state championship game, the game was moved to Dec. 10.
Bosse defeated the Patriots in a thrilling sectional opener last season, 66-62, before falling to Evansville Memorial in the semifinals.
Princeton Community returns to the court on Saturday, playing host to Pike Central.
The Tigers will host Bosse on Dec. 13 and will also travel to Heritage Hills later in the season on Feb. 25.
Princeton Community is led in scoring this season by junior guard Rhett Thompson’s 22 points per game average. Thompson was often the sixth man for PCHS a season ago.
Jurrien Ballard is averaging 17 points per contest to start this season and is the only returning starter from last season’s team.