The Paris Tigers had a visit from their former Apollo Conference foe the Mattoon Green Wave Tuesday evening, falling to their visitors 74-46.
On the night, Coltin Landrum and Mason Hutchings played heavy minutes on the wing, as did Logan Rhoads and Jude Sullivan, as Paris tried to match Mattoon’s length and athleticism.
Paris took advantage of Mattoon going cold from beyond the arc in the opening quarter, while taking care of the basketball as well. The Tigers worked through Mattoon’s zone defense, capping it off with a Colton Landrum three pointer as they went up 8-2 with 5 minutes left. Matthew Brouwer had to sit with foul trouble towards the end of the quarter, as a Landrum steal and a Logan Rhoads three point play put Paris up 15-12.
Mattoon immediately tied it with a three-pointer to open the second, but then got five straight points from Mason Hutchings with a jump shot and free throws. Mattoon got back-to-back baskets from their 6’6” freshman center, going up 21-20 halfway through the second. After a Paris timeout, the Green Wave went on a 10-0 run as Paris stagnated on offense towards the end of the half. The Tigers trailed by eight points at the halftime break.
“We did a better job rebounding early on, and beat their press a few times to really help us get out to a good lead in the first quarter.” noted Coach Shawn Nugent.
The Green wave started to pull away to open the half as Mattoon began to knock down three-pointers and got a three point foul play, stretching their lead to 42-27 by the 4:40 mark. Paris had a small burst of offense, getting a resounding dunk from Matthew Brouwer and a strong three-point play from Coltin Landrum. Paris had Mattoon within 10 at 44-34, with 2:20 left in the third quarter until the Green Wave went off for three straight three-pointers within a minute, ending the quarter up 58-38.
Mattoon managed several more drives to the baskets for easy conversions in the fourth and then pulled most of their starters with five minutes left and a running clock intact. The Paris bench got a three-point play from Bryce Gladding and a three-pointer from JT Johnson on offense as the game expired.
“Bryce Gladding had a great game off the bench with ten rebounds and several hustle plays, especially with Matthew in foul trouble.” Nugent said.
Colton Landrum led the Tigers with 13 points, Hutchings had 9 points and Brouwer and Rhoads each scored 8 points.