KANSAS — The Paris Tiger boys took an opening round 52-29 win against a scrappy Martinsville Blue Streaks squad in the annual Tri-County Holiday Tournament Friday afternoon at Kansas High …
KANSAS — The Paris Tiger boys took an opening round 52-29 win against a scrappy Martinsville Blue Streaks squad in the annual Tri-County Holiday Tournament Friday afternoon at Kansas High School.
Coach Chase Brinley’s Tiger team got off to sluggish start but the Paris was able to right the ship before taking control and collecting the victory.
Trailing in the first quarter, the Tigers suddenly explosed for 20 points to take command in at the end of the first eight minuts 20-10.
Stellar defense in the second hallimited the Blue Streaks to only a total of 10 points in 16 minutes.
Brinkley felt the malaise in the opening minutes was easily avoidable.
“We didn’t get off to the best start, and that definitely set the tone for the game, even though we came back,” the Tiger coach noted. “You can set the tone for any game, and doing that against a team from our conference down the road won’t be a good situation.”
The Blue Streaks went up 4-0 with some fast break baskets, and eventually made it 8-2 with just over five minutes left in the first quarter.
JR Brinkerhoff began the comeback for the Tigers hitting two key baskets in the paint to cut the Martinsville lead to 10-6 — and then the Tiger offense woke up.
Mason Hutchings made back to baskets on a rebound and a fast break of his own to put the Tigers up to 15-10. After a Conor Breneman basket, Hutchings got a steal and flung the ball to a waiting sophomore Zack Farnham, who drained a three-pointer at the buzzer, completing a 14-0 run for Paris.
The teams traded baskets in the paint in the opening minutes of the second quarter, with Martinsville cutting the Paris advantage to seven points at 24-17. Jude Sullivan then made back-to-back shots. Combined with a Tiger defense that held Martinsville scoreless the last three minutes of the half, Paris took control. Hutchings knocked down a long three pointer with less than a minute left to put Paris up 31-19 at half.
Both teams were up and down the floor a considerable amount during the game, each seemingly trying to ping pong the ball down the court for a better fast break opportunity that the other.
The Tigers made a fair share of these fast break opportunities as though there were a decent amount of turnovers, a solid amount were made with good intent.
“We were able to get out on some fast breaks, and we wanted to work on getting to the basket and getting free throws. We didn’t have many, and this is the type of game to try and do that and get better at it,” Brinkley said.
Garrett King opened the second half with two more baskets off of steals, while Martinsville continued to hoist up threes in the opening minutes of the third — to no avail.
Brinkley subbed out his starters at the 5:40 mark in the quarter for a portion of the third frame but Martinsville was not able to get closer.
Farnham nailed a long three pointer at the top of key in waning moments of the third to push the lead to 17 points, 40-23, going into the fial quarter of play.
The Blue Streaks only managed points off splitting free throws in the final quarter with the exception of a three-pointer in the last minute.
After Paris got more fast break baskets from Sullivan, King, and Hutchings, the bench played the remainder of the game.
Paris was led in scoring by Garrett King with 13, Mason Hutchings with 11 and Farnham and Breneman with 6 points each.
Hoenig led the scoring for Martinsville with 9 points.
The Tigers continue pool play when return to action at 9 a.m. at Kansas when they face Palestine-Hutsonville to open day two of the Tri-County Holiday Tourney. Paris will play again at approximately 3 p.m. when they face Argenta-Oreana Bombers.
Tourney play continues Monday beginning at 3 p.m. Watch The Prairie Press Facebook page for an update of when the Tigers will be playing Monday.