Tigers fall by a dismal three points

By Dan Dundas dandundas82@gmail.com
Posted 1/10/22

The Paris boys team fell just short in a back-and-forth game Tuesday night, Jan. 4, falling 54-51 to the visiting Dieterich Maroons.

A zone strategy by the Maroons for most of the game led to …

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Tigers fall by a dismal three points

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The Paris boys team fell just short in a back-and-forth game Tuesday night, Jan. 4, falling 54-51 to the visiting Dieterich Maroons.

A zone strategy by the Maroons for most of the game led to offensive struggles for the Tigers, but it also forced some strong outside shooting when there were not many options left.

Paris head coach Chase Brinkley went with a shortened bench and did not acknowledge the few mental lapses that may have hurt his squad.

“They’re a smaller team, but they are quick, and they had enough shooters to keep us honest,” said Brinkley. “I went with the guys on our side tonight who could help us based on what we see in practice, and that’s why I leaned on them down the stretch.”

Paris was up 7-3 after some post scores from Drew Rogers and Conor Breneman, and they punctuated their 15-10 lead early in the second with back-to-back three-pointers from Drake Bartos.

Dieterich went on a 12-2 run, thanks in part to some steals created with their defensive pressure, and some poor shooting from Paris. Kody Crampton broke the scoring draught, but the Tigers missed at least three shots from close range.

Dieterich was up 27-17, but a long three-point heave from Ethan Dick gave some life as the buzzer sounded for halftime.

Bartos nailed two back-to-back three-pointers in the opening minutes of the quarter to bring it to 29-26, and the Tigers played even with Dieterich nearly the rest of the game.

Senior center Conor Breneman’s first half struggles earned him a spot on the bench to start the third, but he responded well with some solid shooting to keep the Tigers in the game. His two quick three-pointers helped slice the deficit to 37-32 Dieterich into the fourth quarter.

“Conor had a rough game and wasn’t locked in early defensively, so he came off the bench in the second half,” said Brinkley. “He accepted the challenge and made some big shots for us.”

The Tiger defense and rebounding stepped up and slowly brought the team back into the game. Once the midway point hit, Breneman made a three-pointer to tie the game at 39, and again at 42 with 2:30 left. From that point, Dieterich made their presence felt at the free-throw line after being fouled.

Dietrich’s success at the foul line prevented Paris from climbing back into the game.

They made a three to go 47-43, and after a set of free throws, Kody Crampton cut the score in half 49-46 with a three-pointer with a mere 21 seconds left. Free throws on both sides made it 51-48 Dieterich with 12 seconds left.

After fouling the Maroons again and down five points, Crampton made a long three-pointer from the corner pulling the score 53-51 with under two seconds left. Dieterich split their ensuing free throws, and Crampton just missed tying the game from half court at the buzzer.

“We had a lack of focus when we are in zone or man, and it hurt us at key points,” Brinkley said. “They make free throws to close it out. They did well and earned the win.”