The past week was full of highs and lows for the Paris boys basketball team — including a cross-county rivalry win and a demoralizing Wabash Valley loss.
For the second consecutive year, the Paris Tiger boys’ basketball team topped the Chrisman Cardinals to retain the Edgar County Shrine Game trophy.
Unlike the previous two matchups, this game did not end up being close, as the Tigers pulled away in the second half en route to a 63-30 victory. However, the first half told a different story.
Chrisman came out on fire to start things off, knocking down three consecutive three-point baskets to grab an early 9-0 lead. In fact, the Tigers did not light up the home side of the scoreboard until the 6:09 mark of the first quarter on a free throw from Logan Rhoads. They did not make their first basket until there was 2:34 left in the period as Mason Hutchings knocked down a jumper. At the first stop, Chrisman held an 11-9 lead.
Following their hot start, the Cardinals scored just nine points the rest of the first half. The Tigers, on the other hand, finally found their groove and grabbed a 31-20 lead at the half.
The separation came at the beginning of the third quarter as the Tigers went on a run of their own. Paris scored the first 13 points of the quarter, and outscored their opponent 26-4 in the third period. With the clock running throughout the fourth quarter, the two teams each scored six points to round out the game.
Davis Hale led the Cardinals in scoring with 12 points. Layne Smith added four points, Cole Webster and Porter Hale each had three, and Landry Lorenzen, Blake Barna, Gage Deweese, and Gavin Deweese had two apiece.
Jude Sullivan led the Tigers with 12 points, followed closely by Hutchings and JT Johnson with 11 each. Dustin Creech had nine, Colton Landrum and Matthew Brouwer each had seven; JR Brinkerhoff had three, Garrett King two, and Logan Rhoads finished with one.
West Vigo 73, Paris 48
In a battle of the Wabash Valley, the West Vigo Vikings came to Paris and left with a 73-48 win Tuesday night.
The Vikings used a barrage of three-point shots to jump out to a double digit lead in the first half and never relinquished the score.
Dustin Creech got the start for an ailing Bryce Gladding and scored a career-high 9 points. Turnovers plagued the Tigers again through the evening as they commited eight in the opening quarter and a total of 25 for the game.
The Vikings jumped out in front 5-2 before Tiger junior Matthew Brouwer got the Paris fans out of their seats with a two-handed dunk. The Tiger turnovers began midway through the opening quarter while attempting to break the West Vigo press. West Vigo frequently press ed the Tigers in the game and Paris would do the same in return, leading to some up and down the court basketball throughout the contest.
The Vikings dropped four separate three-pointers in the latter half of the quarter, some in transition and some in half court, to make it 24-8. West Vigo hoisted up 25 threes throughout the game and converted 10 of them.
Paris traded baskets with scores from Logan Rhoads, Colton Landrum and Mason Hutchings, but the Vikings made several more threes in that span to open the quarter. Paris made two baskets in transition from JT Johnson, but West Vigo held the ball for the last minute and knocked down a corner three pointer with four seconds left to go up 42-22 into the half.
Paris started to press most of the third quarter was able to cut the score to 44-29 off a Jude Sullivan floater. The Vikings were not as accurate from behind the arc in the second half, but were able to convert points in the paint. West Vigo’s ninth three of the game gave them a 58-37 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
West Vigo went on a 7-0 run to start the fourth but was unable get any farther to start a running clock. Both teams stayed even on the scoreboard the rest of the way as the Vikings went to the bench with two minutes left.
The Tigers shot 40 percent from the field for the game, 50 percent from the line and made two of their five threes. Leading scorers for the Tigers were Hutchings with 12 points, Creech with 9 points and Sullivan with 8 points.