Tigers finally find groove

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KANSAS — The Paris Tigers took their third win in the Tri-County Boys Holiday Tourney Friday evening, downing Palestine/Hutsonville 45-35 in final pool play Friday evening at Kansas High School.

Paris will move into the championship game of the tourney to be played at 7 p.m. today at Kansas High School.

Paris 41, Windsor/Stew-Stras 40

The Paris boys took home a one point victory in their second game of the Kansas Holiday Tournament, narrowly edging the Windsor-Stew/Stras Hatchets 41-40.

After thoroughly dominating winless Martinsville Thursday evening, Head Coach Shawn Nugent wanted to see how his players would come out the next day.

“Any time you hold a varsity team to 40 points, that’s an excellent night. We had a lot of guys step up off the bench, especially in the second half,” Nugent said.

Paris got down 4-0, and after two baskets from Bryce Gladding, the Hatchets extended their lead to 7-4 on a three pointer. Paris shot their way way back into the lead, getting open mid-range jumpers from Garrett King and Logan Rhoads, and drives from Mason Hutchings and Rhoads as well.

Up 16-9 as the second quarter began, Stew-Stras was able to slowly cut into the Paris lead. After a John Lawlyes basket off his own free throw miss, the Hatchets came back with some pull up jump shots while the Paris offense started turning the ball over.

Even after a tough Jude Sullivan conversion on a fast break, the Hatchets narrowed it to 23-20 at half. “I like how our guys kept their composure after we almost lost the lead. They’re one of the better teams in this tournament and a good test for us”

Both teams played even in the third quarter, with the Tigers reestablishing their center Matthew Brouwer in the post. Brouwer put in two baskets in the paint, followed by a Hutchings floater and some Logan Rhoads free throws to account for the Paris scoring in the quarter.

Paris held a slight edge throughout the 4th quarter in order to get some breathing room. After Stew-Stras nailed a three to make it 35-34 with under five minutes reaming, Lawlyes, Sullivan and Landrum all scored, until Stew-Stras hit another three to make it 41-39 with 2:20 left. Up 41-40 with a minute left, Paris missed the front end of their bonus free throws, but the Hatchets committed a foul. After a Paris timeout, Sullivan was called for a rare five second violation.

The Hatchets had the ball with 30 seconds left and chance to take the lead. While trying to pass the ball around the perimeter, Logan Rhoads deflected the ball into the back court, and dove after it. This forced the Hatchets to restart and rush their last possession with just under ten seconds left. An errant shot led to the ball being tipped around for a possible offensive rebound, but time expired.

“John and Coltin did a great job, with Coltin on defense especially. John was able to make some big drives for us in the second half, and Coltin played well on their best shooter.”

Paris 86, Martinsville 39

KANSAS — Following just a five day holiday break, the Paris Tigers returned to the hardwood Thursday night, and soundly defeated Martinsville by the score of 86-39.

The victory was just the third of the season for the Tigers, who improve to 3-9 on the season. Martinsville falls to 0-13 on the year.

Paris grabbed the lead on the opening tip as Jude Sullivan scored on an offensive rebound to put the Tigers up 2-0. The Tigers never trailed in the game after scoring the first 10 points of the contest. Junior center Matthew Brouwer scored the 8th point of the game with a thunderous, two-handed dunk forcing Martinsville to call a quick timeout.

The Tigers scored 28 points in the second quarter to expand their lead to 25 at the half.

Sophomore reserve Garrett King led the Tigers in scoring with 15 points off the bench. Sullivan finished with 13, Brouwer added 12 and Mason Hutchings chipped in with 10. Colton Landrum had 9, Logan Rhoads and Bryce Gladding had 8 apiece, JR Brinkerhoff had 6. John Lawlyes added 5 to round out the scoring.

rochester 49, Paris 46

KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. — The Paris Tigers played on the same floor as the fictious Hickory Huskers when they traveled to Knightstown, Ind., to face Rochester Saturday, December 22. Paris fell 49-46.

Rochester may have thought that it was still football season as their physicality proved to be too much for the Tigers. The two teams combined for 48 total fouls, but many more could have been whistled. Paris shot themselves in the foot by committing 31 turnovers in the game.

Colton Landrum led the way with 19 points, followed by Mason Hutchings with eight. Matthew Brouwer and Bryce Gladding had five points each, JT Johnson had three, and Jude Sullivan and Logan Rhoads chipped in with two apiece.

Salem 60, Paris 39

SALEM — In the first game in a weekend full of travel for the Paris boy’s basketball team, the Tigers dropped a Friday night road loss to the Salem wildcats 60-39.

“We told our players in scouting Salem about their physical nature, and they knew it was coming. It’s up to them to match it,” Nugent said.

Paris struggled out of the gate on both sides of the ball but fell behind early as Salem knocked down the first of their first three three-pointers of the night with 5:00 left.

After a Paris timeout, Jude Sullivan countered with a three pointer of his own to cut the deficit to 9-4 but it would be all the offense Paris would muster in the quarter.

Salem used a full-court press force more turnovers from the Tigers as well. “We did well to combat it when they full court pressed us, but in the end, it made our half court offense rushed, creating too many turnovers,” Nugent said.