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Paris makes 12 three-pointers, blocks 9 shots in 91-63 victory over Bossier

Fans and recruits join with PJC players on the court after the Dragons' 91-63 victory over Bossier. (eParisExtra photo)
Fans and recruits join with PJC players on the court after the Dragons’ 91-63 victory over Bossier. (eParisExtra photo)

HUNT CENTER, PARIS — Paris Junior College dropped a dozen 3-pointers Monday night on Bossier Parish Community College, winning 91-63 behind Delvin Dickerson‘s 24 points.

Dickerson had 16 points in the first half alone. He made nine field goals for the night, including five 3-pointers — two in the first 2:42.

PJC improved to 21-7 for the season and 14-4 in league play, one-half game behind Trinity Valley, the North Zone leader at 24-4 and 14-3.

Qua Doster added a trio of 3-pointers, and with everyone getting into the act, he was the only other PJC player in double figures, with 11 points.

Will Thomas led the visiting Cavaliers (6-21, 4-13) with 20 points, and Gustavs Puhovs added 17 points. Bossier hit eight 3-pointers itself, including four by Puhovs and two by Thomas. PJC took a 10-2 lead before the Cavaliers pulled to within 10-8. Then Paris broke the game open on a 17-3 run by Paris to make it 27-11 on the way to a 44-27 halftime lead.

The Dragons were coming off a huge 67-58 win Saturday over No. 5-ranked Trinity Valley (24-4, 14-3), putting PJC in great position for a first-round bye — anywhere from No. 1 to No. 4 — in next week’s Region XIV tournament at Tyler.

“I told our guys the mark of a good team is how you play in the game after a big win, PJC head coach Chuck Taylor said.

Paris’ biggest lead was 39 points (82-43) with nine minutes left in the game. By then, Taylor had already emptied his bench and given his starters the rest of the night off. “It was really good because I needed to rest those guys,” Taylor said.

“It’s unfortunate, you know, because we had scouts in the stands, coming to see certain people, but I had other things that were important.”

Paris had achieved the improbable by knocking off three nationally ranked teams in an eight-day period last week — beating Kilgore 53-49 and San Jacinto 61-58 before knocking off Trinity Valley — all at the Hunt Center. But Taylor felt it left his players fatigued for their fourth game in 10 days — a 55-49 loss on the road at Tyler on Wednesday.

Paris fans were treated Monday to nine blocks from 6-9 centers Ronnie White (4) and Xavier Dupree (5) and Ronnie White (4).

Between Dickerson’s flurry of 3-pointers and a block by White that led to a fast-break basket by Trevon Seymore, a loud and happy PJC crowd got into the game early in a big way.

“Dickerson obviously played well. I thought Jovan Austin did a good job running the team, and I thought Ronnie White gave us great energy, on rebounding, blocked shots, whatever,” Taylor said.

All 13 PJC players scored.

Paris has two regular-season games remaining — its last conference game at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night at Carthage against Panola (11-17, 4-13), then home again Saturday for a 6 p.m. non-conference game against East Texas Flight.

BOSSIER (6-21, 4-13) – Will Thomas 9 0-0 20, Jalen Johnson 0 0-2 0, Gustavs Puhovs 6 1-4 17, Trayvion Johnson 0 1-2 1, Lyndale James 0 0-0 0, Daven Moss 0 2-4 2, Ty’rell Winn 3 2-4 9, Ryan Coleman 3 1-2 7, Londale James 1 0-0 3, Jack Ocwieja 2 0-0 4, Hajj Green 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 7-18 63. Three-Pointers: 8 (Puhovs 4, Thomas 2, Winn 1, Lo. James 1). Fouls: 13. Fouled Out: None.

PARIS (21-7, 14-4) — Jovan Austin 3 2-2 9, Delvin Dickerson 9 1-3 24, Trevon Seymore 1 0-0 2, Brandon Scott 2 2-2 7, Keith Shivers 4 0-0 8, Xavier Dupree 1 0-0 3, Joe Haynes 1 2-2 4, Qua Doster 4 0-0 11, Ronnie White 4 1-1 9, Henoc Bienne 0 1-2 1, Andrew Arredondo 1 0-0 3, Nouhoum Bocoum 2 0-0 4, Andre Barnes 2 2-2 6. Totals: 34 11-14 91. Three-Pointers: 12 (Dickerson 5, Doster 3, Austin 1, Scott 1, Dupree 1, Arredondo 1). Fouls: 14. Fouled Out: None.

Halftime: Paris 44, Bossier 27.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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