No. 5-ranked Indian Hills pins 115-80 loss on PJC Dragons

OTTUMWA, Iowa – Paris Junior College ran into a buzz saw Saturday night, coming out way on the short end of a 115-80 basketball game with Indian Hills Community College, as the Warriors demonstrated convincingly why they are ranked No. 5 among the nation’s junior colleges.

Jelan Kendrick scored 23 points and Jameel McKay 21 for Indian Hills (4-0), which had six players score in double figures. The Warriors scored more points in each half (55 and 60) than PJC teams normally surrender in an entire game.

Eddie Leal

Eddie Leal led Paris (2-2) with 14 points, backed by Mike Harmon and Delvin Dickerson with 12 points each.

Indian Hills utilized an aggressive full-court press, forcing Paris into numerous turnovers. The Warriors controlled the rebounds on both ends of the court. Indian Hills went on three big scoring runs of 17-2, 16-2 and 17-0 – a cumulative 50-4 — that put the Dragons on the mat and kept them there.

After falling behind by 11 points, PJC pulled to within 25-21 with eight minutes left in the first half on five straight free throws by Anthony Adams – three of them after he was fouled on a 3-point attempt.

Indian Hills (4-0) answered with three straight 3-pointers and Paris (2-2) never again was closer than 10 points. The Warriors turned a 49-36 lead late in the first half into a 65-38 lead two minutes into the second half.

After both teams turned the game over to reserves, the Warriors went from 96-76 with 4:32 to play to 113-76.

The Dragons have two more non-conference games next week, both in the Hunt Center on the PJC campus. Paris will play Ranger College on Wednesday and Northwood JV on Friday. Both games will start at 7 p.m. There will be no women’s game either night at the Hunt Center.

Ranger is 2-3 on the season, beating Paris 82-79 last Tuesday and Odessa 79-76 on Nov. 3. The three losses were 72-69 to Frank Phillips, 97-80 to defending national champion (and ranked No. 1 again this season), and 75-71 to Western Texas.

Northwood JV is 0-2 against Texas junior colleges this season – losing to Collin County 90-57 on Monday of last week and to McLennan College 128-62 on Friday night.

PJC’s Lady Dragons are at home Monday night, playing Arkansas Baptist in a 6 p.m. game. They are at Jacksonville next weekend, participating in the Jacksonville Classic.

PJC’s women will play McLennan College at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Mountain View College at 2 p.m. Saturday.


Paris Dragons (2-2)                      38-42–  80

Indian Hills Warriors (4-0)           55-60–115

Paris—Mike Harmon 14, Eddie Leal 14, Delvin Dickerson 12, Mo Mitchell 8, Anthony Adams 7, Will Ransom 6, Marcus Holt 5, Chris Jones 4, David Tucker 4, Sheldon Yearwood 4, Courtney Austin 2.

Indian Hills – Jelan Kendrick 23, Jameel McKay 21, Justin Moss 14, Frank Williams 14, Trinson White 10, Ronald Ross 10, Gary Williams 7, Richard Amardi 5, Gary Ross 4, Ronnie Stevens 4, Martin Dixon-Green 3.


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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.