- Real Estate
- Paris Flash
The Lady Dragons are scheduled to play Tyler College’s Lady Apaches at 2 p.m., followed by the Dragons vs. San LPJC women’s team dropped an 81-35 game to nationally No. 2-ranked Trinity Valley in both teams’ first Region XIV conference action Wednesday.
The Lady Dragons lost their Region XIV opener on Wednesday, losing 81-35 in Athens to the No. 2-ranked and two-time defending nationa champion Lady Cardinals of Trinity Valley Community College.
The Lady Cardinals jumped out to a 16-1 lead, and it got worse from there. It was 46-13 by halftime. Paris made only two field goals in the first half and only seven for the game.
Shanice Vaughan led Paris with 10 points.
TVCC improved to 10-1 for the season and 1-0 in league play. Paris fell to 6-5, 0-1.
It was the 49th straight win at home for the Lady Cardinals.
The Lady Cardinals defense forced 18 Paris turnovers.
More than half of Paris’ points came from the free throw line. The Lady Dragons made 18 of 27 from the charity stripe.
Jazmine Spears scored 21 points and Deborah Meeks 19 points for Trinity Valley.
It was the second straight loss for the Lady Dragons after getting off to a 6-3 start. They suffered a tough 95-89 loss in triple overtime on Monday in Little Rock to Arkansas Baptist.
After Saturday, the Dragons and Lady Dragons each have only one more game in 2013.
Both teams have games next Wednesday.
The Lady Dragons are home, in the Hunt Center, against the Lady Cavaliers of Bossier Parish at 5:30 p.m. It’s Bossier Parish’s first year of women’s basketball games.
The Dragons are on the road at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, playing in Port Arthur against the Seahawks of Lamar State-Port Arthur.
The Dragons’ game with Coastal Bend has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 6 in Beeville — which will become the middle game of three Region XIV contests in six days.
PJC’s men will be at Lufkin to play Angelina College at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4; in Beeville to play Coastal Bend at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6; and in Paris to play Jacksonville at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8.
The Lady Dragons also will be off from Dec. 11 until the first weekend in January. They will be in a tournament at Waco, playing Temple at noon on Friday, Jan. 3, and McLennan County at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra
REGION XIV BASKETBALL FINALS=
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013
Navarro 63, Jacksonville 53
Kilgore 72, Angelina 63
Lee 92, Bossier Parish 84
Paris 87, Blinn 76
Lamar State-Port Arthur 128, Tyler 110
Trinity Valley 73, San Jacinto 56
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
Kilgore 76, Jacksonville 54
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013
Lee 63, Navarro 61
Trinity Valley 104, Lamar State-Port Arthur 103 (2 OT)
Bossier Parish 71, Blinn 70
Tyler 74, Angelina 62
San Jacinto 84, Panola 50
Paris at Coastal Bend, ppd. (Rescheduled for 6 p.m., Jan. 6, 2014)
MEN’S REGION XIV STANDINGS
Trinity Valley, 2-0
Bossier Parish, 1-1
Lamar State-Port Arthur, 1-1
San Jacinto, 1-1
Coastal Bend, 0-1
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
Kilgore 64, Jacksonville 59
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013
Angelina 81, Panola 61
Blinn 78, Bossier Parish 53
Trinity Valley 81, Paris 35
Tyler 119, San Jacinto 66
Hill 67, Coastal Bend 37 (non-conference)
WOMEN’S REGION XIV STANDINGS
Trinity Valley, 1-0
Bossier Parish, 0-1
San Jacinto, 0-1
Paris Junior College baseball players Callaway Kirkpatrick, Bradley McDonald and Heston Van Fleet have signed National Junior College Athletic Association letters of intent to play for universities in the fall of 2014.
Kirkpatrick, a graduate of Aledo High School and son of Jennifer and Coby Kirkpatrick, will attend Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va. Callaway was a 2013 All Conference left-handed pitcher for the Dragons as he posted a record of 2-2 with 45.2 innings pitched and an ERA of 2.16. He pitched in the opening game of the 2013 Region XIV Tournament to assist the Dragons in a 3-2 extra inning victory. Callaway will pursue an education degree while at Marshall.
Van Fleet, a graduate of Rivera High School and son of Annette and Jody Van Fleet, will also be attending Marshall University. He was 6-1 as a right-handed pitcher for the Dragons in 2013 with 33 strikeouts in 54.1 innings, allowing only 16 walks. Van Fleet will continue working on a business degree at Marshall.
McDonald, a graduate of Wills Point High School and son of Susan Miller and Kevin McDonald, will attend the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla. As a catcher, he represented PJC as a member of the 2013 Texas New Mexico Junior College All Star team. In his 2013 spring performance he hit .312 with 4 doubles and 13 RBI. McDonald will continue pursuing his education degree while at UCO.
PJC Baseball Coach Deron Clark has high expectations for these three young men as they continue their education/athletic experience.
“All three players have contributed in a big way to the success of our program,” Clark said. “The time and commitment contributed to the classroom and field are both appreciated and respected. Our staff wishes them the best in both the upcoming season and their future endeavors.”
Paris Junior College went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in a 21-7 run early in the second half that lifted the Dragons to an 87-76 victory over Blinn College on Tuesday in a successful start to Region XIV conference play.
Paris improved to 8-3 overall, while Blinn fell to 7-2.
All five Paris starters finished in double figures — Nouhoum Bocoum 14, Trevon Seymore 14, Jovan Austin 14, Jo’voan Haynes 13 and Delvin Dickerson 11.
“It makes it very difficult for the other team to stop you when you have balanced scoring like this,” Paris coach Chuck Taylor said. The Paris players stepped up at different times to lead the way.
“It was a great win, a heck of a way to start conference. Blinn is a very talented team, and I’m really happy with the outcome. This was a great team effort.”
Macari Brooks, one of Region XIV’s leading scorers, led Blinn with 20 points — 8-of-18 field goals and 4-of-6 free throws — and Jalan McCloud added 16 points. Nobody else was in double figures for the Buccaneers.
“Brooks did his thing, but he’s been scoring over 25 points a game and we held him to 20, and it took him 18 shots to get that,” Taylor said. “My hat’s off to Haynes and Trevon. They did a great job guarding him.”
Dickerson scored Paris’ first seven points in the first 90 seconds of the game, which allowed the Dragons to play nearly all of the first half with the lead.
Blinn scored twice after turnovers late in the first half and led 40-37 at the half.
But Seymore scored three baskets and two free throws in the first three minutes of the second half during a 13-2 run that put Paris ahead 50-42
The Dragons went 6-of-6 from the free throw line over the next three minutes as the lead mounted to 58-47, and then 6-9 center Ronnie White came off the bench and scored six points in three minutes to keep Paris on top.
Over the next few minutes, Haynes scored eight points on a 3-pointer, two lay-ups and a free throw, and Paris led 71-60 with 6:02 to play.
Then the Dragons began feeding the ball inside to Bocoum, who knew what to do with the ball. He scored three field goals in less than 90 seconds as the lead grew to 80-64 with 3:52 to play, and finally to their largest lead, 84-66, at 2:40.
“Nom is coming along well. and he deserves a lot of the success he’s having right now,” Taylor said of Bocoum, a 6-9 center from Brooklyn, N.Y., who started his second straight game. He got the start last weekend against Eastfield when White, also 6-9, sat out with a knee injury.
“You remember when Nom first got here, he was 301 pounds. and then he had another hair grow out of his chin, and that made him 302,” Taylor joked. Now Bocoum is down to a more effective 275 pounds.
“The second half, I thought we played a full half for the first time all year. We had one point, where we were up 10 or 12 points, and they cut our lead in half, but we had great possessions. It wasn’t like we didn’t have good shots. They just weren’t falling,” Taylor said.
Unlike Saturday, when Paris lost to Eastfield College after leading 101-96 going into the final minute, the Dragons used the clock wisely against Blinn and the Buccaneers were unable to get back into the game.
“If it took me losing Saturday to win today, I’ll exchange that every single time,” Taylor said.
“Sometimes you’ve got to be creative how you get a team’s attention. And how I got their attention, we came in at 6:30 in the morning on Monday and we worked on nothing but clock management and possession work,” Taylor said.
“And you know, they learned. When you have the lead, you can’t go into an all-out stall because that throws everything off. You can’t let the air out of the ball. We still want to be in attack mode, and we don’t want anything quick unless it’s a layup,” Taylor said.
Haynes, Seymore, Austin and Brandon Scott scored on timely lay-ups in the second half of Tuesday night’s victory.
All 14 Region XIV teams were in action on Tuesday — with the seven North Zone teams hosting the seven South Zone teams.
In the other games, it was Trinity Valley over San Jacinto 73-56, Navarro over Jacksonville 63-57, Kilgore over Angelina 72-63, Panola over Coastal Bend 76-68, Lamar State-Port Arthur over Tyler 118-110, and Lee over Bossier Parish 92-84.
Kilgore is at Jacksonville on Tuesday of next week. On Wednesday of next week, Navarro is at Lee, Trinity Valley is at Lamar State-Port Arthur, Bossier Parish is at Blinn, Angelina is at Tyler, Panola is at San Jacinto, and Paris makes the longest trip of all — a 450-mile journey to Beeville (50 miles northwest of Corpus Christi) to take on Coastal Bend, the league’s newest member.
“I’m going to have a good break, and the guys are going to have a good break,” Taylor said.
“What’s crazy is I’m leaving in the morning for Alabama, but I’ll stop in Carthage to pick up a tape of Panola’s game with Coastal Bend,” Taylor said. “That’s 30 minutes out of the way, but it will be well worth it.”
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra
PARIS 87, BLINN 76
Blinn (7-2) — Cornell Barnett 4-5 1-1 9, Jalan McCloud 4-10 7-10 16, Leslie Lionneart 2-7 3-4 7, Macari Brooks 8-18 4-6 20, Jourdan Stickler 2-8 3-4 7, Eddie Alcantara 1-6 0-0 2, Jacoby Green 3-4 0-0 6, Kendall Deveaux 0-0 0-0 0, Broderick Harris 1-3 0-0 2, Roderick Harris 0-1 1-2 1, Eric Ross 3-7 0-0 6. Totals: 28-69 19-27 76.
Paris (8-3) — Jo’voan Haynes 4-15 3-5 13, Delvin Dickerson 4-7 1-2 11, Nouhoum Bocoum 7-10 0-1 14, Trevon Seymore 4-8 6-6 14, Jovan Austin 5-12 3-6 14, Keith Shivers 2-5 0-0 5, Brandon Scott 1-1 2-4 4, Henoc Bienne 0-1 0-0 0, Qua Doster 0-1 2-2 2, Xavier Dupree 0-2 4-5 4, Ronnie White 1-4 4-4 6. Totals: 28-66 25-35 87.
Halftime: Blinn 40, Paris 37. 3-Pointers: Blinn 1-15 (Barnett 0-1, McCloud 1-2, Lionheart 0-1, Brooks 0-4, Stickler 0-3, Alcantara 0-2, B. Harris 0-1, R. Harris 0-1); Paris 6-18 (2-6, Dickerson 2-4, Seymore 0-1, Austin 1-2, Shivers 1-2, Doster 0-1, Dupree 0-2). Fouls: Blinn 26; Paris 19. Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Blinn 47 (Brooks 8), Paris 42 (Haynes 8, Bocoum 8). Assists: Blinn 4 (McCloud 1, Lionheart 1, Stickler 1, R. Harris 1), Paris 12 (Seymore 4). Blocked Shots: Blinn 2(B. Harris 1, Ross 1), Paris 6 (Bocoum 2, White 2). Steals: Blinn 8 (Brooks 2, Green 2), Paris 9 (Austin 2).
DENTON – The University of North Texas found itself down 14 points with 16 minutes to play versus a salty Portland team on Saturday night, and in need of a playmaker. Enter T.J. Taylor.
The junior, who was only able to play a combined 10 minutes in the year’s opening four games due to a series of injuries, was able to rally the Mean Green to force overtime, where he exploded for a combined 12 points in the two extra sessions.
He and the Mean Green clawed out a 77-72 double-overtime win over the West Coast Conference foe.
It was the second straight 20-plus point game for the former Paris Junior College star, who is now shooting 61.5 percent from the floor and 75.0 percent from 3-point after a breakout weekend in Portland, Ore.
“I told everyone,” said North Texas head coach Tony Benford. “There’s a reason the line of schools recruiting T.J. was around the block. He’s a special player that could have gone anywhere in the country. We just have to get him healthy, and because he’s a game-changing player.”
While Taylor is far from fully recovered, he and the Mean Green (3-3) will take on an undefeated Incarnate Word squad (5-0) on Tuesday night at the Super Pit.