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Kilgore coach Jeff Coleman talks strategy with players Hector Peralez, Sherrod Kincaid, Jerrick Massenburge (22) and Kaleb Brisendine during the first half of the Bulldogs’ championship game against the Paris Wildcats on Friday in the Guaranty Bond Holiday Tournament at Paris High School. (eParisExtra.com photo by Charles Richards)
Here are the results of games on Friday’s final day of the Guaranty Bond Holiday Tournament at Paris High School:
Liberty-Eylau 84, Sulphur Springs 62 (Silver Bracket consolation)
Liberty-Eylau 19 27 24 14–84 (Rashaan Donelson 25)
Sulphur Springs 15 16 11 20–62 (Will Roland 27)
Roxton 71, New Boston 60 (seventh place)
Roxton 9 15 20 27–71 (Quinton Walker 18)
New Boston 12 13 21 14–60 (Tony Thompson 22)
Hooks 45, Hope (Ark.) 30 (fifth place)
Hope 8 4 7 11–30 (Kenneth Thompson 12)
Hooks 17 10 9 9–45 (Damarcus Dickerson 12)
North Lamar 53, Greenville 44 (Silver Bracket championship)
North Lamar 13 15 12 13–53 (Trevor Fulk 18)
Greenville 10 12 13 9–44 (Marquis Taylor 10)
Mount Pleasant 63, Cooper 41 (third place)
Mount Pleasant 11 14 22 16 (Rodney Todd 17)
Cooper 5 11 9 16 (Demarcus Robinson 11)
Paris 38, Kilgore 34 (championship)
Paris 8 18 6 2 — 4–38 (Charod Hall 15)
Kilgore 8 9 11 6 — 0–34 (Jerrick Massenburge 14)
Paris Wildcats head coach Billy Steed (kneeling) is shown with his players during a time-out in their game Thursday night — a 57-43 victory over Cooper in the semifinals of the Guaranty Bond Holiday Tournament. Clockwise from bottom are A.D. Burns (24), K.D. Moore (22), Eric Horton (32), Matt Bawcum (12), Charod Hall (11) (leaning over), Kenny Mason (other side of Steed), Sed Ellis (20) and assistant coach Roy Tom Stone. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)
By CHARLES RICHARDS
WILDCAT GYMNASIUM, Paris — Fans from Cooper came to life, jumping and screaming after Anthony Conley hit two 3-pointers and Shequelle Wady nailed another — back to back to back — to cut a 35-25 Paris lead to 35-34 late in the third quarter of their semi-final game Thursday night of the Guaranty Bond Holiday Tournament.
Paris Wildcats coach Billy Steed probably also felt like jumping and screaming, but for another reason.
“Once we got a little lead, we’d let up and they’d get right back in the game,” Steed said after the game.
Steed called a time-out after the three long balls, and his squad responded with an 18-6 run that put the game out of reach again.
Charod Hall scored 18 points, K.D. Moore added 14 points, and A.D. Burns contributed 12 points as Paris defeated Cooper 57-43 to earn a spot in Friday’s championship game opposite Kilgore, which had quite a fourth quarter itself.
Down 27-18 to Mount Pleasant after three quarters, Kilgore rattled off 19 points while holding Mount Pleasant to two free throws in a 37-29 victory. Kilgore was led by its 6-3 senior forward, Jerrod Massenburge, with 16 points. Mount Pleasant was led by 5-10 junior guard Levente Onozo and 6-5 senior post DeQuane Hines, both with 7 points.
Here’s Friday’s line-up of games:
10 a.m. — Liberty-Eylau vs. Sulphur Springs (Silver Bracket consolation)
11:30 a.m. — Hope (Ark.) vs. Hooks (fifth place)
1 p.m. — New Boston vs. Roxton (seventh place)
2:30 p.m.: North Lamar vs. Greenville (Silver Bracket championship)
4 p.m.: Mount Pleasant vs. Cooper (third place)
5:30 p.m.: Paris vs. Kilgore (championship)
Paris jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the first quarter, denying Cooper a field goal until the final minute. Hill scored six straight points early in the second quarter as the Wildcats opened up an 18-12 lead, but Cooper ended the first half on an 8-0 run for a 20-18 lead.
Steed bemoaned his squad’s inability to make lay-ups in the first quarter, and losing so many offensive rebounds to Cooper’s Bulldogs.
“We missed probably 15 lay-ups in the first half. It was a fast game, but still, if you get lay-ups, you got to convert those,” Steed said.
The second half was a different story. The Wildcats scored a lot of points in the second half on uncontested lay-ups after beating Cooper’s full-court press.
“We knew they would try to press us full court, but when they went to the man press, a lot of times we got something out over the top and we ended up getting some lay-ups on the other end. We started converting some of those in the second half.”
Conley led Cooper with 15 points.
Paris’ Eric Horton (32) leaps as Sulphur Springs’ Will Roland attempts a shot in a first-round game of the tournament. Also shown are Colton Wise (25) and Matt Harrison (35) for Sulphur Springs and K.B. Moore (22), A.D. Burns (24) and Charod Hall (11) for Paris, which won the game 82-25. (eParisExtra.com photo by Charles Richards)
North Lamar’s Hunter Thatcher (24) receives a pass from Preston Showhart (13) as Roxton’s Alex Williams (30), Lester Green (21) and Quinton Walker (22) defend. Roxton came from behind in the fourth quarter for a 66-62 victory. (eParisExtra.com photo by Charles Richards)
Corinthians Green, Roxton’s 5-7 junior, sinks a free throw to give the Lions a 55-51 lead over Cooper with 58 seconds to play. But the Bulldogs came back on Montrel Roberts’ 3-pointer with 26 seconds to play and Marquette Reynolds’ game-winning basket on a driving layup with 10 seconds remaining. (eParisExtra.com photo by Charles Richards)
By CHARLES RICHARDS
Kilgore outscored Mount Pleasant 19-2 in the fourth quarter to rally from a 27-18 deficit for a 37-29 victory Thursday in a semifinal game of the Guaranty Bond boys basketball tournament in Paris.
Paris and Cooper played at 8:30 p.m. Thursday to determine who would play the Bulldogs in Friday’s 5:30 p.m. championship game.
Jerrod Massenburge, Kilgore’s 6-3 senior forward, was the game’s leading scorer with 16 points. Mount Pleasant was led by 5-10 junior guard Levente Onozo and 6-5 senior post Antione Ross, both with 7 points.
In a consolation semifinal, Demarcus Thompson scored 16 points to lead Hope (Ark.) past New Boston 44-41. Tony Thompson led New Boston with 10 points. Hope will play the winner of a game between Roxton and Hoops in the fifth place game at 11:30 a.m. Friday.
The Paris Wildcats, Cooper Bulldogs, Mount Pleasant Tigers and Kilgore Bulldogs won both their round-robin pool games Wednesday in the 2nd annual Guaranty Bond Holiday boys basketball tournament at Paris High School.
All advanced into today’s championship bracket along with the four teams that won one of their two games – the Roxton Lions, the Hope (Ark.) Bobcats, the Hooks Hornets and New Boston Lions.
And all four of the round robin leaders stayed unbeaten in the tournament by winning their quarterfinal games.
Kilgore defeated Hope 42-40, Mount Pleasant defeated New Boston 63-33, Cooper came from behind to beat Roxton 56-55, and Paris rolled by Hooks 66-27.
The semifinal match-ups were Kilgore vs. Mount Pleasant at 7 pm. and Cooper vs. Paris at 8:30 p.m. The winners will meet at 5:30 p.m. Friday for the tournament championship.
Levente Onozo led Mount Pleasant against Hope with 12 points, and Jerical Hardeman led New Boston with 9 points. Jerrod Messenburge paced Mount Pleasant with 24 points, while Vincent al
Marquette Reynolds scored 12 points to lead Cooper, which trailed 55-51 with half a minute to go, but scored five points off two Roxton turnovers and held on to win when Quinton Walker’s shot from midcourt bounced off the rim at the buzzer. Walker led Roxton with 15 points.
K.D. Moore scored 17 points for Paris in the Wildcats’ win over Hooks. The Hornets were led by 6-5 junior Aaron Doddy. Paris outscored Hooks 20-2 in the third quarter to blow the game wide open.
The four teams that lost both of their pool games on Wednesday dropped into a four-team “Silver Bracket.”
North Lamar defeated Liberty-Eylau 65-50 and Greenville defeated Sulphur Springs 51049 ub the two Silver Bracket games. North Lamar and Greenville at 2:30 p..m. Friday, and Liberty-Eylau will play Sulphur Springs at 10 a.m. Friday.
On Wednesday, Paris beat Hope 64-42 behind Charod Hall’s 22 points, then rolled over short-handed Sulphur Springs 82-25, with reserves playing the final quarter. Charod Hall, K.D. Moore and A.D. Burns scored 17 points each for Paris. Vincent Love scored 15 points for Hope, and K.J. Taylor had 25 points for Sulphur Springs, which fielded a squad of just seven players.
Cooper began with a 71-65 victory over Greenville behind Shequelle Wady’s 18 points, then knocked off New Boston 69-56 behind Marquette Reynolds’ 29 points. Ladarrein Davis led Greenville with 18 points, and Larry Carroll led New Boston with 13 points.
Mount Pleasant defeated North Lamar 56-33 behind Rodney Todd’s 14 points, and then defeated Roxton 59-50 behind the 14 points of Antione Ross. Trevor Fulk led North Lamar with 8 points, and Quinton Walker led Roxton with 20 points.
Kilgore won its opener against Hooks 40-24 behind Jerrick Messenburge’s 15 points, then defeated Liberty-Eylau 55-44 behind the 18 points of K.B. Brisendine. Vincent Love led Hooks with 12 points, and Kwan Curry paced Liberty-Eylau with 18 points.
In Wednesday’s four other games:
“May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.” -Joey Adams
I have a confession to make. I have never set a New Year’s resolution. As I did research for this article I found that, surprisingly, I am in the majority. Only about 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions each year (sure feels like more). Since I have little experience with resolutions I decided it was time to investigate. The definition for resolution is: something resolved or determined; decision. It is interesting to note that the definition for resolution is also: a return from pathological to a normal condition. So what is it about the New Year that has nearly half of the population wanting to resolve something or be less pathological? To find the answer I searched the history of New Year’s (which dates back to 153 B.C.) and I found Janus.
Janus, a mythical king of early Rome, was considered the God of beginnings and the guardian of doors and entrances. He was also at the head of the Roman calendar. Janus was unique because he had two faces. This allowed him to look back on past events and forward to the future. In the day of Janus, it was common for Romans to ask for forgiveness from their enemies and to exchange gifts during the New Year, so named January in Janus’ honor.
It seems that this tradition has survived, albeit changed in many ways. We no longer ask for forgiveness from our enemies, but instead seek to “fix” what is wrong with us and our lives. The top ten resolutions according to about.com include:
I am sure that many of you reading this will see yourself somewhere on this list. I know I could resolve to do at least half of them. Sadly, like the Roman Empire, most resolutions are doomed to fail. Only about 12% of people actually achieve their resolutions. It doesn’t take long for resolutions to be abandoned either: 25% don’t make it past the first week, 29% the second week, and at the six month mark only about 46% have maintained their resolution. So why don’t resolutions work?
Where to start with this one…there are MANY things wrong with New Year resolutions! Most tend to be vague such as Get fit. What is this exactly? For a resolution or goal of any kind to be attainable it must be specific and measureable. A better resolution might be to work out for 30 minutes at least three times a week. Second, often times our resolutions are not realistic. Get out of debt may be too large a mountain to scale. Pay off one credit card, may be a more manageable resolution. Third, you need to have a solid timeline. This includes time markers to chart progress and a decisive deadline. For example if your resolution is to lose 30lbs in 9 months, your progress should be accessed weekly with monthly benchmarks to meet.
There are three important rules to remember when setting goals:
I am not trying to talk anyone out of making a New Year’s resolution; in fact I plan to make my very first resolution this year. I just want you all to be informed about the best way to set your goal. I want to set us all up for success. It seems that men achieved their goal 22% more often when engaged in goal setting techniques or when focused on the reward. Women, on the other hand, are 10% more successful when making their goals public, seeking support from friends, and encouraged to persist when faced with setbacks. With this in mind, I am now going to make my very first New Year’s resolution public. I resolve to quit smoking (I know, I know, smoking is horrible, how could I possibly still smoke). I am not waiting for the 1st either. I have exactly 6 cigarettes left, which will be gone by tomorrow afternoon. So friends and readers, if you see me out be sure to ask how long it has been since my last cigarette. If you see me smoking encourage me to get back on the wagon and become part of the 12% that succeed with their New Year’s resolutions. I think Henry Moore said it best when he said “I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.” So Happy New Year everyone, here is to taking it one day at a time…