Tigers fall to ALAH

By Dan Dundas dandundas82@gmail.com
Posted 1/20/20

ARTHUR — After defeating them in the Kansas Holiday Tournament, the Paris Tigers struggled to put away Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond in a non-conference game Monday, falling 61-54.

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Tigers fall to ALAH

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ARTHUR — After defeating them in the Kansas Holiday Tournament, the Paris Tigers struggled to put away Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond in a non-conference game Monday, falling 61-54.

The Tigers got off a strong first half start against ALAH, only to see it slip away in a tough third quarter, where the Knights pressured the Tigers into turnovers to permanently take the lead.

Paris Head Coach Chase Brinkley knows it’s a familiar story.

“By this point, any team that watches us knows that we can be pressured and we have to be ready,” Brinkley said. “We’ll have guys not want to come get the ball on pressure because they don’t want to be the next one to deal with it when it’s their turn. We didn’t handle it well and they took advantage of it.”

The Tigers and Knights exchanged punches to start to the game, with Paris coming out aggressive on defense. Paris secured three-pointers from Sullivan to open the game, and Hutchings later in the quarter.

“We had some good shots even in the first quarter that rolled out of the rim, and we held them to only two points in the second quarter. However, we knew they good shooters that hadn’t connected in the first half, and out good defense was part of it,” the Paris coach said.

That second quarter of play was filled with highlights for Paris, as the Tigers followed their game plan.

Hutchings scored 9 of the Tigers first 11 points on drives to the paint and a three-pointer. ALAH finally got a bucket on a put-back and entered the half down 25-12.

Paris continued to stretch its lead in the third quarter, as King opened the half with a three, and Sullivan got two more baskets to make it 32-16.

But then the wheels fell off for the Tigers.

ALAH slowly started converting points in the paint, which allowed them to set up their press after the made baskets.

Even with a Sullivan three, the Knights cut it to 35-27 with 1:30 remaining in the third. The Knights took advantage of two more turnovers from Paris, cutting the lead to 35-34 on a three-pointer with two seconds left.

“If a team has good shooters, you keep them on one side of the floor and out of the paint so they can’t suck in your strong side defense. That wasn’t the case for us in the second half.” Brinkley said.

The fourth quarter had some strong offense for both teams as the Tigers received baskets from Hutchings, Sullivan and Zack Farnham. With the game tied at 48 with 2:45 left, ALAH proceeded to take a significant lead,

making free throws as Paris tried to foul and get the ball back. Even two more Farnham three-pointers in the final minute were not enough to regain the lead, as Paris ended the contest with a loss.

Three Tigers finished in double figures for Paris. Hutchings led the scoring with 18 points while Sullivan added 14. Farnham rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Tigers with 11 points.

Brinkley was disappointed in the Paris play.

“It is somewhat upsetting that we played well on Friday and Saturday in back-to-back games, but lost focus here,” he said. “I’ve said before, we’re looking for guys to step up their mental game and an example of that would be ALAH making 15 of 19 free throws in the fourth quarter, and that’s a credit to them. That’s where we have to be.”

 

casey 52, Paris 49

The Casey-Westfield Warriors came into Paris as one of the top teams in the LIC, and barely left town as the winner, narrowly edging out the Tigers in second half comeback, 52-49, Friday, Jan. 10.

Throughout the game, The Tigers were able to keep their composure while dealing with an aggressive man to man defense, as well as a thorough amount of pressing, from Casey. Helping them out along the way was a raucous home environment from the Paris crowd, which helped keep momentum going the home team’s way.

Mason Hutchings opened the game with a three, and along with Garrett King, sank another one a few possessions later to help vault the Tigers to an eventual 18-10 lead. Along the way, Paris got tough scoring drives from King and Jude Sullivan, while the Warriors worked efficiently inside with some back cut layups and post moves. Casey climbed to within 18-15 in the waning minutes before King put them up 20-17 with a tough drive.

The hot scoring quarter for both teams would slow down a bit the rest of the game as the intensity and physicality began to crank up. Casey began to pressure Paris further from the hoop, but the Tigers were able to find baskets, and kept the Warriors off the offensive glass with tough rebounding of their own.

Casey’s top defender honed in on Hutchings, but picked up two fouls with  his efforts. Paris ended the quarter on a 6-0 run, thanks to yet another sprawling effort for a loose ball from Coy Landrum, much to the delight of the fans, to go up 30-26.

After making a three to open the half, Casey would not score another field goal until near the two-minute mark. Talented Casey-Westfield guard Noah Livingston was the focal point for their offense in the third quarter, creating open looks for himself but not able to knock them down, leading to a quiet quarter for the Warriors offensively. Paris continued their yeoman like work on the backboards, creating extra possessions.

Paris got a tough three-point foul play from Logan Rhoads and a big three from Sullivan to make a 7-0 run and force a Casey timeout with two minutes left in the third. Hutchings’ defender picked up another pair of fouls with his tough and solid defense, swinging more momentum the Tigers way. Paris capped off the quarter with a Zack Farnham three pointer from the edge of the logo at center court, as a botched pick and roll ended up giving the Tigers a 43-33 lead into the fourth.

That lead would slowly evaporate in the fourth quarter, as Livingston slowly tilted the game in Casey’s favor, picking up his scoring through free throws, a three pointer, and floaters in the paint, while walking a tightrope of picking up three fouls. “Noah Livingston is a really good player that can get the shots he wants and make clutch plays when needed.” Said Paris Head Coach Chase Brinkley. “He was cold early on, and I think our guys like King and Landrum had a lot to do with that, zoning him off and sending him where he didn’t want to go. He made his points count at the line, as players like that do, and ultimately that beat us at the end.”

Paris offense was somewhat stymied, and the lack of converting bonus free throw opportunities put them in a tight spot. The Tigers used longer possessions to work down the clock throughout the quarter, and it looked like the Tigers would prevail. Sullivan leaked out for a fast break to go up 49-46 with just under two minutes left, and Casey followed with two poorly shot three pointers, but after a coin flip of a call from the refs, they were awarded another possession and tied it at 49 with a three.

Livingston’s floater made it 51-49 Warriors at the minute mark, and after a loose ball, Paris regained possession, but turned the ball over on the inbound. Livingston split a pair of free throws, and with the clock winding down under ten seconds, Hutchings found himself wide open on an apparent botched defensive switch, and saw his three pointer go down then come right back out of the cylinder.

An impassioned yet frustrated Hutchings slapped the floor after the buzzer, symbolizing the great effort and composure of the Tigers. “We’re starting to trust ourselves, and we saw it in individual players in all of their roles, and realizing how good they can be. I still can’t get over the effort we had and how hard we played, with guys diving on the floor on multiple possessions. I know this town, and things like that will draw more people into the seats.”