Tigers take win over Titans

King, Sullivan lead Paris; TCT’s Pollock nets 22 points

By Dan Dundas & Tim Hendershot dandundas82@gmail.com
Posted 12/23/19

The Paris Tigers picked up a win Wednesday, Dec. 18, defeating the Tri County Titans 67-49 in a non-conference contest.

The game was orginally scheduled to be played Tuesday but was postponed …

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Tigers take win over Titans

King, Sullivan lead Paris; TCT’s Pollock nets 22 points

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The Paris Tigers picked up a win Wednesday, Dec. 18, defeating the Tri County Titans 67-49 in a non-conference contest.

The game was orginally scheduled to be played Tuesday but was postponed because school was cancelled  for both schools due to the weather.

The Titans, coming into the game on a three game winning streak, put forth a solid effort in their road visit to Paris, before falling.

Following a tight first quarter, the Tigers slowly pulled away — but not without some scoring runs from the Titans.

Paris first year Coach Chase Brinkley wanted his players ready for what was coming.

“I’ve known Coach Ferguson a long time and worked with him,” Brinkley explained. “He’s doing real good with these guys. He had them ready and they came and smacked us in the mouth.”

The first quarter ended with a football like score of 10-6 in favor of the Titans. Tri-County managed two three pointers from C.J. Eakle and Jack Armstrong, while Paris got baskets from Jude Sullivan and Conor Breneman. 

The Tigers did not play some of their starters at the beginning of the game, subbing them in later in the half, which may have caused the slow scoring start. 

“We’re trying to find guys with a little bit of toughness so we can bring it to the game plan of what we want to do,” Brinkley noted. “Simple things we do on a daily basis and they aren’t followed through in the game more than not.”

The slow scoring continued into the second quarter until Tiger Garrett King went on a 7-0 run of his own within a minute, putting the Tigers up 15-14 halfway through the quarter. Paris was able to stretch their lead with more King baskets, while keeping the Titans off the scoreboard for a five minutes.

Down 25-16 at halftime, Tri-County’s Mitch Pollock came out on fire in the third quarter, scoring 18 of his game high 22 points in the second half and getting the Titans back into the game.

Both teams traded baskets until the Tigers led 29-25 when Paris went on a 12-2 run thanks to three-pointers from Zack Farnham and King. Even with a Mason Hutchings three, Tri-County worked their way back to cu into the Paris lead and trail only  45-34 heading into the final quarter of play.

The Tigers stretched their lead well into double digits. but the Titans stormed back with three pointers and fast break baskets, forcing a Paris timeout.

The Tigers got some baskets from JR Brinkerhoff down the stretch to help seal the game.

“We talked at halftime about getting the ball down low, and guys don’t get it to them unless they are wide open,” Brinkley said. “If you can see their number, you can get them the ball. It’s something we have to do more of.”

Tri-County was 19 of 55 overall for 34.5 percent and 5 of 10 from the charity stripe for 50 percent.  Turnovers plagued the Titans coughing up the ball 17 times. Mitch Pollock led the way with 22 points while CJ Eakle added 10 points in the loss.

Paris was 26 of 76 overall for 34.2 percent and 10 of 17 from the free throw line for 58.8 percent.  The Tigers did well handling the ball only committing six turnovers. 

Garrett King finished with 17 points while Jude Sullivan added 10 and the duo of JR Brinkerhoff and Mason Hutchings had 9 points each in the win.

“We need to slow ourselves down. When they score, we feel like we need to get back and get a basket right away, and instead we had some rushed threes, and easy layups go missing,” Brinkley concluded.