Tigers take 4th in a row

Chrisman, Flora, West Vigo, Red Hill all fall to Paris

By Jeff Chambers & Dan Dundas prairiepresssports@gmail.com
Posted 2/17/20

FLORA — The Paris Tigers seem to be putting it all together right now as Coach Chase Brinkley’s team took its fourth win in a row with a 51-37 win over Little Illinis Conference foe Flora …

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Tigers take 4th in a row

Chrisman, Flora, West Vigo, Red Hill all fall to Paris

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FLORA — The Paris Tigers seem to be putting it all together right now as Coach Chase Brinkley’s team took its fourth win in a row with a 51-37 win over Little Illinis Conference foe Flora Friday.

The Tigers hit the road Tuesday to take on the Charleston Trojans at Baker Gym.

 

Paris 57, Red Hill 32

RED HILL — After taking down their Route 1 rival Chrisman on Saturday and crossing state lines to squeeze past West Vigo Tuesday, the Paris Tigers boys team made it three in a row in a demonstrative win on the road against the Red Hill Salukis Wednesday night, 57-32.

The rescheduled game from an earlier January cancellation didn’t deter the Tigers, as they have corrected themselves after a five game losing streak with three in a row, giving them a rare conference road win in the LIC.

Paris Coach Chase Brinkley took time to recognize the positive mental aspect of the game.

“It’s definitely easier when shots are falling as they have been for the past few games,” Brinkley noted. “Hopefully now we understand that they are falling because we are getting inside out look, so those hosts we are taking are better shots for us.”

The Paris backcourt tandem of Mason Hutchings and Garrett King scored half of the Tiger points, netting 15 and 13 respectively.

King was hot from the outside with two three pointers in the first quarter, while Hutchings put in two scores and Jude Sullivan netted some free throws.

Paris took their score of 19-0 into the second with scores across the board with Conor Breneman getting a three pointer. Coy Landrum and JR Brinkerhoff added baskets.

The Salukis struggled offensively for most of the game, facing a 30-16 deficit at halftime. For the game Red Hill made five three pointers, accounting for nearly half their point total.

Hutchings had a strong third quarter with seven, with more scores from King. Preston Porter got into the scoring column in the fourth.

The Salukis only managed four fourth quarter points, as the Tigers easily cruised to the finish.

“It looked like the boys were actually having fun out there and are playing for one another, and I love seeing that,” Brinkley said. “We also have been defending and rebounding much better. Hopefully we can continue to do the little things that have helped us get these wins.”

Paris 54, West Vigo 52 (OT)

WEST TERRE HAUTE- While talking to West Vigo athletic director Kenny Pearson prior to the start of the matchup between the Vikings and the Paris Tigers on Wednesday, he stated that his team may have a poor record but they have been in every game.

After watching the Tigers(11-15) and the Vikings(5-13) battle it out in the Green Dome, that point was validated. Paris was able to escape with a 54-52 win in overtime after blowing a lead late in the fourth quarter.

The hot shooting for the Tigers carried over from the Chrisman game on Saturday as the visitors hit four 3-pointers in the first period to grab a 20-15 lead. That lead shrunk to just one point as the Tigers held a 30-29 lead at the half.

All of the offense that was on display in the first half slowly disappeared as each team struggled to find the bottom of the net in the second half. Paris led by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter, but some poor shot selection by the Tigers allowed the Vikings to tie things up at the end of 32 minutes of action. Paris’ leading scorer Mason Hutchings was held scoreless in regulation, but he scored all seven points in the extra period to secure the win for the Tigers.

For the second straight game Garrett King led the Tigers offensively with 22 points, including the game-winning assist to Hutchings in overtime. Jude Sullivan also reached double figures with 14 points(10 in the second half). Hutchings had seven points after sitting much of the game with foul trouble. Zach Farnham had five points, JR Brinkerhoff had four and Coy Landrum finished with two.

The Tigers will travel to Red Hill for a makeup contest with the Salukis on Wednesday night.

 

Paris 72, Chrisman 56

CHRISMAN — To say that Roger Beals Court at Chrisman High School was the hottest spot in Edgar County lSaturday night , Feb. 8, would be an understatement.

With the weather feeling a bit more like winter than had previously been the case, the Chrisman Cardinals and the Paris Tigers had no trouble heating the place up with some torrid shooting.

When the nets had finally cooled down, the Tigers defeated the Cardinals by the score of 72-56 to capture the Edgar County Shrine trophy once again. The point total for the Tigers eclipses their previous season-high by nine points. Chrisman falls to 3-21 on the year while the Tigers improve to 10-15.

Paris knocked down six three-point baskets in the contest, something Coach Chase Brinkley was happy about.

Junior Layne Smith of the Cardinals knocked down seven threes by himself — including five in the first half. Each of Smith’s shots got a little further from the basket with the third of three-in-a-row coming from well beyond the volleyball line on the court.

While Smith was supplying the home team with plenty of firepower, fellow junior Garrett King was carrying the Tigers on the offensive side of the court.

King scored six straight points for the Tigers in the opening period, pushing the visitors out to a 24-16 lead at the first break.

The Tigers outscored the Cardinals 21-13 in the second quarter to grab a 16-point lead at 45-29 at intermission.

Chrisman outhustled and outplayed the Tigers in the third quarter and at one point trailed by just eight pointsthanks to an 18-12 run.

The Paris defense shut the door on the Cardinals in the fourth quarter, holding the hosts to just nine points in the period to take the win.

King led all scorers in the game with a career-high 25 points. Mason Hutchings sat much of the first half with foul trouble, but still managed to finish with 12 points. Jude Sullivan and JR Brinkerhoff added nine points apiece, Conor Breneman had six, Zach Farnham had five, and Preston Porter added four to round out the scoring for the Tigers.

Smith led the way for the Cardinals with 23 points, followed closely by Nik Eddy with 18. Porter Hale had 10, Cole Webster 3, and Pierce neuman added two for Chrisman.