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Qua Doster's 18 points leads PJC past Angelina, 88-77

Jovan Austin (4) defends an Angelina player during PJC’s 88-77 victory on Saturday. Also shown are PJC players Keith Shivers (20), Delvin Dickerson (5) and Qua Doster (24) (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

LUFKIN, Texas — Qua Doster, a 6-1, 195-pound freshman from Houston, came off the bench to score 18 points to spark Paris Junior College to an 88-77 victory over Angelina College on Saturday in the first game back from the Christmas holidays.

“It’s not a surprise to me because I know what he’s capable of,” Dragons head coach Chuck Taylor said. “He stepped up and played like I thought he could play.”

Three other Dragons finished in double figures. Jovan Austin scored 15 points, and Trevon Seymore and Nouhoum Bocoum had 14 points each.

PJC improved to 9-4 overall and 2-1 in Region 14 play. Angelina’s Roadrunners fell to 6-10 and 0-5.

Doster nails a 3-pointer with 7:20 to play in the first half that gave PJC a 25-23 lead it would not relinquish. The goal was the beginning of a 21-3 run that broke the game open. ()

Doster couldn’t have picked a better time for his heroics. PJC went into the game without two starters — Ronnie White, a 6-9 sophomore center, is recovering from a knee injury, and 6-1 freshman guard Joe Haynes is sitting out two games because he didn’t get back on campus from semester break shortly before the bus left for Lufkin on Saturday.

Doster didn’t start against Angelina, but Taylor wasn’t inclined to take him out once he got on the floor. He ended up with 23 minutes, 11 seconds of action — fourth most on the team.

Doster scored 15 of his points in the first half. His 3-pointer with 7:20 to play in the first half gave the Dragons a 25-23 lead they never relinquished, starting a 21-3 run in which he scored 10 of the points. He made 7-of-10 field goals for the evening, including 4-of-6 three-pointers.

“We broke this thing open in the first half, and it was a total team effort. I’m proud of these guys. They did a great job, getting this first victory back from the break, so now we can continue to move forward,” Taylor said.

“Qua’s focus has been different the last several days. He came back (from the holiday break) with a different mentality,” Taylor said.

An Angelina player is surrounded by Qua Doster 24), Jovan Austin (4) and Nouhoum Bocoum (44) in the second half of PJC’s 88-77 victory over Angelina College. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

“It earns him more minutes, the way he played tonight, no question. We’re going to see if he can follow it up on Monday (in Beeville, against Coastal Bend College). I hope he can. We’re going to need him.”

“We needed to start the new semester with a win and get that nasty taste out of our mouth from the one we game away in Port Arthur,” Taylor said.

In that game two and a half weeks ago, PJC led Lamar State-Port Arthur 67-57 with 4:30 to play before allowing the Seahawks to finish the game on a 19-3 run for a 76-70 victory. Of the Dragons’ four losses, three have come from late-game lapses.

Bocoum, a 6-9 sophomore from Harlem, filled in nicely for White. He finished with a double-double, getting 10 rebounds to go with his 14 points. Eight of his points came during a three-minute stretch when the Dragons opened up a 76-52 lead with 5:35 to play.

PJC’S largest lead was 27 points (64-27) just 5:38 into the second half. The Dragons led 84-58 with 3:34 to play, and Taylor went with reserves the rest of the way.

Angelina outscored Paris 19-4 the rest of the way.

“I wanted to give the second group some minutes, but in order for us to be what we need to be, they’ve got to pick it up. We can’t be up by 26 points and win by 11,” he said.

Saturday’s game was the first of four games for PJC over an eight-day stretch. The Dragons are in Beeville on Monday for a make-up game against Coastal Bend College, return to the Hunt Center on Wednesday for a game against Jacksonville College, then go on the road again next Saturday, traveling to Baytown to take on Lee College.

In other Region 14 men’s games on Saturday:

  • Trinity Valley (15-1, 5-0) defeated Lee College (6-5, 3-1) by 103-102 in double overtime,
  • Kilgore (13-0, 4-0) defeated Coastal Bend (6-5, 0-4) by 67-51,
  • Navarro (10-5, 3-1) defeated San Jacinto (10-4, 2-2) by 83-78,
  • Lamar State-Port Arthur (15-2, 4-1) defeated Bossier Parish (2-12, 1-4) by 96-62,
  • Blinn (11-3, 2-2) defeated Tyler (9-4, 2-3) by 77-60, and
  • Jacksonville (6-9, 1-3) defeated Panola by 72-67.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

Paris               49-39–88

Angelina        30-47–77

Paris (9-4, 2-1) — Jovan Austin 6 0-0 15, Delvin Dickerson 2 2-2 6, Trevon Seymore 6 0 2-2 14, Brandon Scott 2 0-0 4, Keith Shivers 4 0-0 9, Xavier Dupree 1 2-2 4, Terrell Colbert 0 0-0 0, Qua Doster 7 0-0 18, Henoc Bienne 1 0-0 2, Nouhoum Bocoum 7 0-0 14, Andre Barnes 1 0-0 2. Totals: 37 6-6 88. Three-Pointers: 8-17 (Austin 3-4, Dickerson 0-4, Scott 0-2, Shivers 1-1, Doster 4-6). Rebounds: 33 (Bocoum 10, Austin 9). Fouls: 20. Fouled Out: None. Assists: 9 (Seymore 4). Steals: 11 (Austin 5).

Angelina (6-10, 0-5) — Quentin Ellis 4 3-4 13, Deckie Johnson 4 0-0 9, Nick Burks 2 0-0 4, Donald Thomas 1 4-8 7, Deiondray Martin 4 8-8 16, Dante Bachus 5 2-2 12, Derek Roscoe 2 2-2 7, Jordan Bilbo 1 0-0 3, LeMon Gregory 3 0-0 6. Totals: 26 19-24 77. Three-Pointers: 6-22 (Ellis 2-5, Johnson 1-5, Burks 0-1, Thomas 1-5, Martin 0-2, Roscoe 1-3, Bilbo 1-1). Rebounds: 38 (Martin 9). Fouls: 11. Fouled Out: Thomas. Assists: 9 (Ellis5 3, Thomas 3). Steals: 5 (Johnson 2).

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