The Paris Tigers got a win on their home floor, knocking off the Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond Knights 56-39 on Monday night, January 7.
The two teams usually face one another at some point in the season, and a few years back had a very memorable finale in the Kansas Holiday Tournament.
Paris went up 7-0 in the first quarter but missed a few point blank shots in the paint that allowed the Knights to crawl back to 7-6 before the quarter was over. Paris attempted a few three pointers, with Mason Hutchings knocking one down off an inbounds screen to keep the Tigers up 14-10.
Paris began fast breaking more frequently in the second quarter, with baskets from Sullivan, Landrum, and Hutchings. The Knights made back to back threes to cut it to 21-16, and Landrum responded with a three pointer of his own. ALAH inched back after a Sullivan and Brouwer basket with free throws of their own, but were held in check for two long possessions as the half dwindled down.
Mason Hutchings helped jumpstart the offense in the second half with some pull up shots and running a fast break to Landrum. ALAH knocked down two three pointers to cut the score the 35-30 midway through the third quarter. The Knights would inch no closer, as Garrett King drilled a corner three pointer with 2:40 left to keep Paris up 38-32.
The older Knights team definitely made it a point to emphasize their physicality on the evening. Late in the third quarter, Paris ran a play that required a cycle of screens at the top of the key. A Knights player knocked over Bryce Gladding who set the initial screen, and then tried the same to Matthew Brouwer when it was his turn. The second time, a foul was called and the player drew a technical foul for swearing towards the referee.
The Tigers used this as an opportunity to swing the game, as moments later Coltin Landrum completed a three point foul play off yet another steal. “Coltin played his heart out tonight, even though he was under the weather. He had a bunch of steals and assisting on baskets from all areas. He really energized us tonight.”
The Paris defense locked up ALAH in the fourth, outscoring the Knights 14-5 over the quarter.
The Tigers got baskets from Brouwer, and slowly ran the clock down as the quarter ticked along.
Brouwer also got two more lay ins off fast break turnovers to help seal the game.
“After the first quarter, Matthew finished well around the rim tonight, and he also created better opportunities to do that.”
Paris was led in scoring by Jude Sullivan with 14 points. Coltin Landrum and Matthew Brouwer tied with 12 points each.
“We defended really well tonight, especially in the 4th quarter. We rebounded better tonight and it didn’t allow any extra possessions for them.”