Tigers fall 37-36 to N. Central

By Dan Dundas & Dan Briseno dandundas82@gmail.com
Posted 1/23/23

By Dan Dundas & Dan Briseno


FARMERSBURG, Ind. — The Paris Tigers ventured into Indiana last Friday night and lost a low scoring nail biter to the Farmersburg …

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Tigers fall 37-36 to N. Central


By Dan Dundas & Dan Briseno


FARMERSBURG, Ind. — The Paris Tigers ventured into Indiana last Friday night and lost a low scoring nail biter to the Farmersburg Thunderbirds 37-36.

In a game where two separate offensive runs from each team changed the direction of the game, the Tigers solid defense was not enough to overcome the size of the Thunderbirds.

Paris Coach Chase Brinkley was somewhat down at holding a team to under 40 but losing.

“We were lazy on some passes, which led to some turnovers,” said Brinkley. “In addition, we weren’t using our bodies and initiating contact on offense, which is a big benefit. They were really the enforcers this entire game, and they deserved this win. Poor officiating or not, those are things we have to overcome.”

The size advantage of Farmersburg did not come into play as much as it seemed it might after the opening tip. The Tigers were down 6-2, and then got back-to-back three pointers from Drake Bartos, followed by a bucket and a three from Jackson Rigdon to stay up 15-9.

Paris had a poor shooting second quarter, allowing Farmersburg to get back into the game. Both teams struggled to make shots to open the quarter, but then Farmersburg nailed two straight three pointers. With another three and two more fast breaks, they flipped the scoreboard, going up 24-18 at the half.

“When they take Drake away with box and one defense, you see what happens,” said Brinkley. “We don’t seem to know where we want to go with the ball, even I know we’ve got guys that can do it.”

Paris swung the game in the other direction in the third quarter, after going down 29-22, getting back-to-back three’s from Bartos and Rigdon, to go up 30-29.

A Drew Rogers three off the glass made it 33-29 two minutes into the fourth, but Farmersburg chipped away with outside shots of their own to go to 36-35 with three minutes left.

An offensive put-back put the Thunderbirds up for good. After a timeout and long possession, Paris could not net any points.

Even after some missed free throws from Tre Lee, the Tigers had a golden opportunity to feed Lee on a back cut with 15 seconds left on lob pass, but it overshot his outstretched arms.

“To give up 37 and lose the game that’s really tough,” Brinkley said. “Our guards did a good job on their two best guys keeping them fairly in check.”

Brinkley also noted when Tre  Lee was out of foul trouble, “we did well with blocks and rebounds. We still have plenty of opportunities this season to take things where we want to go.”

The Tigers are back in action today facing the Casey-Westfield Warriors in the LIC Tournament.


Paris third at tourney

KANSAS — The Paris Tigers had high hopes going into the Kansas Holiday Tournament  and finished the tournament on a high note, defeating Martinsville 65-38 and earning a third-place trophy.


The Tigers offense was led by Drake Bartos who found his shot from beyond the arc draining seven three pointers finishing the game with 22. Tre Lee was on Bartos’s heels adding 20 points of his own.

Other Tigers contributing to the victory were Drew Rogers, 8 points; Kody Krampton, 6 points; Payton Lankster, 4 points; Jackson Rigdon, 3 points and Reed Stuck who finished with a bucket of his own.

The win over the Martinsville Bluestreaks capped off the tournament for the Tigers where they went 3 – 1 overall losing only to Lawrenceville. The Tigers see action next against Dietrich and Cassey-Westfield.