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Angelina escapes with a 68-66 victory over the Dragons when attempted game-winner falls short

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PJC’s Anthony Adams finishes off a steal and length-of-the-floor drive for a basket in the first minute of Wednesday’s basketball game at the Hunt Center between the Dragons and Angelina College. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)

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Adams winces as assistant coach Derek Taylor sprays a cut suffered when Angelina’s Quentin
Ellis fouled him as Adams scored on a drive. After a bandage was applied, Adams went to the charity line and added a free throw to complete a 3-point play that gave Paris a 41-39 lead about six minutes into the game. (
eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)


In the last half-minute of Saturday’s men’s basketball game between Angelina College and Paris Junior College, Angelina coach Todd Neighbors had to be thinking, ”Oh, no, not two years in a row!”

On the last Saturday of January a year ago, the Roadrunners had been trailing Paris almost all the game before taking a 63-62 lead with 18 seconds to play. PJC’s Dragons brought the ball down court. Anthony Adams got the ball inside to Phil Hawkins, who drove toward the goal, then passed to an open T.J. Taylor along the left baseline. Taylor’s 20-foot shot just beat the final horn and found nothing but net, giving Paris a 64-63 victory.

Saturday, it was déjà vu all over again, except that things worked in Angelina’s favor this time, and the Roadrunners escaped Paris with a 68-66 victory.

Angelina took a 67-66 lead with 37 seconds to play when 6-6 sophomore Jamie Farrie scored on a rebound of a teammate’s missed shot.

The Dragons brought the ball down court and PJC coach Chuck Taylor called time out with 23 seconds left in the game and 21 seconds showing on the shot clock.

When play resumed, the ball went to freshman point guard Chris Jones, who ran off all but four seconds before throwing up a jump shot from the free throw line.

Jones’ shot failed to even hit the rim, and before his teammates even had a change to contest for the rebound, the shot clock then expired, giving the Roadrunners the ball out of bounds. With only two seconds left, Paris had to foul, and Angelina added a free throw for the final 68-66 outcome.

“I made a mistake. I put the ball in a freshman’s hand at the end, and he isn’t ready yet to do that,” Taylor said. “The ball should have been in Anthony Adams’ hand. I’d do anything to change that right now. That was a huge error on my part, especially at that juncture of the game.”

On Jan. 25, 2012 — three days before Taylor hit his game-winner — the ball went to Adams for the final shot in overtime against Blinn.

With that game tied at 64-64, Adams bided his time until the clock was at 0:07, then dribbled to the free throw line and leaped high for a shot that hit the rim softly, bounced against the backboard and fell through the basket as the horn sounded.

With Saturday’s victory at the Hunt Center, Angelina improved to 4-1 in conference and 11-4 overall. Paris fell to 2-3 in conference and 8-8 overall.

In other Region 14 games on Saturday:

  • Navarro (5-1, 13-4 ) defeated Lamar State-Port Arthur (4-2, 12-3)  82-79 in overtime
  • Jacksonville (2-3, 11-4) defeated Panola (0-5, 7-8) 82-65
  • Kilgore (4-2, 14-2) beat San Jacinto  (4-2, 11-2)  75-65
  • Trinity Valley (3-2, 12-4) defeated Lee College (2-3, 10-6) 88-81
  • Tyler (2-3, 11-4) knocked off Blinn (0-5, 8-8) 67-60
  • Coastal Bend (4-1, 10-2) defeated Houston Community College-Southwest 86-46 in a non-conference game
  • Bossier Parish (1-4, 7-6) was idle

“We did some things, but every time we needed to get a big shot, we just couldn’t do it for whatever reason,” Taylor said.

Paris outrebounded Angelina 44-25, but had a horrible shooting night, making only 23 of 63 field goals (37 percent) and only 4 of 21 three-point attempts (19 percent).

When a team shoots that poorly, Taylor said, “you ain’t winning.”

Paris’ leading 3-point shooters – Antonio Arnold (2/9), Mike Harmon (0/6) and Eddie Leal (0/2) – were a combined 2-of-17 from the field and 1-of-13 outside the 3-point arc.

Delvin Dickerson led Paris with 16 points. Adams added 14 points, Mo Mitchell 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Jones 11 points.

LaDarian Jackson scored 17 points and Jalen Daniel 16 points for Angelina.

The Dragons committed 14 turnovers, which is fewer than they had been suffering, but two horrific mistakes  occurred back to back after Jones grabbed the rebound on a missed Angelina shot with 1:35 to play, giving Paris the ball with a 64-63 lead.

After a timeout, the Dragons were unable to get the ball in play within five seconds, so possession went over to Angelina. PJC then gave up a dunk on the in-bounds pass, putting Angelina back in front 65-64.

Mitchell scored the Dragons’ final basket with exactly one minute to play for their 66-65 lead, but Angelina reclaimed the lead 25 seconds later.

“If there’s a positive out of all this, I know we have the talent to make a run. Unfortunately, I’ve still got a bunch of guys that haven’t learned how to play at this level,” Taylor said.

“We had two unforced turnovers late in the game and then we give up a dunk on an in-bounds play.”

The PJC men go on the road to take on Jacksonville at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. They are back home to take on Lee College at 6 p.m. Saturday.

ANGELINA        29-39—68

PARIS                 26-40—66

Angelina (4-1, 11-4): LaDerrien Jackson  7-12 2-2 17, Jaylen Daniel 6-12 3-5  16, Andre Crear 2-8 2-2  7, Jamie Farrie 3-5 1-1 7, Victor Mbachu 3-5 0-0 6, Donald Thomas 2-3 1-2 6, Thaddeus Fortune 1-4 0-0  3, LeMon Gregory 1-5 1-2 3, Mikal Mazik 0-0 2-2  2, Quentin Ellis 0-3 1-2  1. Totals:  25-57 13-18  68. Three-Pointers: 5-18 (Jackson 1-4, Daniel 1-2, Crear 1-4, Mbachu 0-1, Thomas 1-2, Fortune 1-3, Ellis 0-2). Rebounds: 32 (Daniel 6, Thomas  6). Assists:  9(Mbachu 4). Steals: 5 (Daniel 2). Fouls: 19. Turnovers: 13.

Paris (2-3, 8-8): Delvin Dickerson 5-12 4-5 16, Anthony Adams 6-11 2-3 14, Mo Mitchell 5-11 3-4 13, Chris Jones 4-10 2-3 11, Antonio Arnold 2-9 3-3 8, Marcus Holt 1-7 1-2 3, Eddie Leal 0-1 1-2 1, Mike Harmon 0-6 0-0 0. Totals: 23-67 16-22 66.  Three-Pointers:  4-20 (Dickerson 2-5, Adams 0-1, Jones 1-2, Arnold 1-7, Leal 0-1, Harmon 0-4). Rebounds: 44 (Mitchell 14). Assists: 6 (Jones 3). Steals: 4 (Adams 2).  Fouls: 16. Turnovers: 14.

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