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Princeton University wins London Basketball Classic

Princeton Tigers trophy celebration
Carol J Moir

LONDON, ENGLAND – — The London Basketball Classic ended and Princeton University is the inaugural winner of the tournament. They defeated Northeastern 56-54.

The Tigers won a tight championship game that went down to the last possession.

Northeastern’s Jahmyl Telfort led the game in scoring with 18, having a good game on both sides of the court. Alexander Nwagha also had a big game for his team with 10 points and 17 rebounds before fouling out.

Ryan Langborg was vital in Princeton’s comeback, he had 17 points and made all his free throws, which were key for Princeton staying in the game and going on to win it.

Telfort had a great start to the game leading Northeastern to a 7-0 run. In their tense game against Manhattan, in the semi-final of the London Basketball Classic, he had 12 points.

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In the first half of the final of the London Basketball Classic, he had 11 points.

He set the tone early constantly driving to the paint and had success using his floater on back-to-back possessions.

Princeton answered back with their physicality and went to the line nine times, making eight. Northeastern only had four trips and got two points out of them.

The Tigers made 14 out of 18 free throws compared to Northeastern making four out of seven (one missed intentionally at the end).

Langborg led Princeton in scoring in the first half with 9 points along with Xaivian Lee, who was a spark off the bench with 9 points.

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Keesh Kellman had the highlight of the game early in the second half. He backed down Tosan Evbuomwan and dunked the ball over him.

Evbuomwan had 13 points and made all three of his free throws.

Both sides struggled offensively, taking care of the ball and finishing inside the paint. Princeton was able to get their offense going first and take control of the game.

They went on a 12-0 run with Langborg being key. He hit a big three that put the game within a point. Then Evbuomwan converted an and-one play after a drive to give them the lead with just over three minutes left to play.

Caden Pierce put them ahead with 56 seconds left hitting one out of two free throws. Princeton would follow with a big block from Matt Allocco.

Evbuoamwan had a travel call that could have lost Princeton the game but Telford had a big turnover on their possession. Lee was sent to the line making both clutch free throws to win his team the game and finished with 12 points.

The London Basketball Classic inaugural tournament ended with a game going down to the wire.

The MVP was awarded to British-born Tosan Evbuoamwan who had a big impact on the game down the stretch and was last year’s Ivy League Player of the Year.

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Princeton University next faces Cairn University on November 30 whilst Northeastern will face Georgia Tech on December 3.

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