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David Tucker, with help from Eddie Leal (partially hidden, at left), team up to force a tie-ball against Texas A&M-Commerce, on Monday. Other PJC players in the picture are (from left) Marcus Holt, Delvin Dickerson (21)and Chris Jones (11). (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)
By CHARLES RICHARDS
Anthony Adams wrapped up a 13-point first half by hitting a shot from mid-court, giving Paris Junior College a 40-31 lead in a scrimmage Monday afternoon at Texas A&M-Commerce.
Adams, known as “Ant” because at 5-8, the sophomore from Pontiac, Mich., is the smallest player on the floor, finally let out a smile as he was swarmed by his teammates after the shot.
Also in that first 20 minutes of play, 5-9 sophomore guard Mike Harmon of Houston added 12 points on four 3-pointers, and Mo Mitchell, a 6-6 sophomore forward from Fayetteville, Ga., pulled down six rebounds.
“I saw what I needed to see in the first half,” PJC coach Chuck Taylor said.
Forgive the coach if he didn’t care to dwell on the second half, which started with the score back at 0-0 again. More about the second half later.
“We’ve still got some work to do as far as getting our timing down on our offense, doing the little things we’ve got to do,” Taylor said.
PJC’s men and women open the 2012-2013 season with a doubleheader Saturday at the Hunt Center against Murray State. The Lady Dragons play at 4 p.m., followed by the Dragons at 6 p.m.
“We look forward to a big crowd coming out on Saturday, supporting us on Homecoming. We’ll see what happens from there,” Taylor said.
As for Monday’s scrimmage against A&M-Commerce, Taylor said “I really thought we did a really good job the first half. The second half, I allowed some guys to play some extended minutes so they can understand what it’s like to play in the big leagues, because I still don’t believe they do.”
Taylor added, “Now, it all counts. You either prove you can play in the preseason or you don’t.”
Taylor started an all-sophomore alignment of Adams and Harmon at guard, Mitchell and 6-4 Eddie Leal of Dallas at forward, and 6-11 Marcus Holt of Aurora, Colo., at center.
First in off the bench were 6-8 Fort Worth freshman Will Ransom and 6-6 Houston freshman Delvin Dickerson at forward, 6-2 McKinney sophomore Antonio Arnold and 5-9 Memphis freshman Chris Jones at guard, and 7-foot Highland Park, Mich., freshman Lamar Walker at center.
David Tucker, a 6-1 Dallas freshman, saw some action at guard, as did 6-5 Dallas freshman Sheldon Yearwood at forward. In the second half, 6-1 Pontiac, Mich., freshman guard Jemarea Samples and 5-11 Mansfield freshman guard Courtney Austin also saw action.
The first half, the Dragons hit 6-of-12 three-pointers in the first half to just 1-of-3 by TAMC’s Lions.
The second half was a different story, as A&M-Commerce put on a 3-point clinic over the last 20 minutes – making 12-of-16 from outside. Meanwhile, the Dragons were 0-for-4 on their second-half 3-point attempts
Paris Junior College led 15-14 after 7:51 of the second half. Then the bottom dropped out.
Raining down 3-pointers, the Lions went on a 40-2 run over the next nine and a half minutes to go ahead 54-17, as PJC not only made just one field goal but went 0-for-7 from the free throw line.
Dickerson made a basket and went 4-for-4 from the line in the last two minutes, cutting the final score for the second half to 59-25.
It’s been a long time since a PJC team allowed 59 points in a half. Frequently, the Dragons allow fewer than that in an entire game.
Quince Jackson, a 5-10 sophomore guard from Frisco, and Taylor Phelps, a 5-10 freshman guard from Grand Saline, both were 4-of-5 from outside the 3-point line for the Lions over the last 20 minutes.
PARIS – Anthony Adams 6-8 2-2 15, Mike Harmon 4-6 0-0 12, Delvin Dickerson 3-6 5-5 11, Eddie Leal 3-7 2-2 9, Mo Mitchell 4-4 0-0 8, Antonio Arnold 1-3 2-4 4, Lamar Walker 2-2 0-4 4, Sheldon Yearwood 1-1 0-0 2, Will Ransom 0-1 0-1 0, Chris Jones 0-1 0-0 0, David Tucker 0-2 0-0 0, Jamarea Samples 0-1 0-0 0, Marcus Holt 0-2 0-0 0, Henry Buckley 0-0 0-0 0, Courtney Austin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-42 11-18 65. Three-pointers: 6-17 (Harmon 4-6, Adams 1-2, Arnold 0-2, Leal 1-3, Tucker 0-2, Dickerson 0-1, Samples 0-1). Rebounds: 23 (Mitchell 6, Ransom 4, Arnold 2, Tucker 2, Dickerson 2, Leal 2, Jones 1, Walker 1, Yearwood 1, Holt 1, Austin 1). Fouls: 26 (Mitchell 4, Arnold 3, Ransom 3, Harmon 2, Jones 2, Tucker 2, Dickerson 2, Walker 2, Holt 2, Adams 1, Samples 1, Leal 1, Yearwood 1). Assists: 12 (Harmon 4, Arnold 2, Adams 2, Leal 2, Austin 1, Dickerson 1). Steals: 4 (Adams 1, Jones 1, Dickerson 1, Holt 1).