Dickerson, Adams, Harmon lead Dragons to opening 79-61 victory in Richardson tournament

RICHARDSON, Texas – Delvin Dickerson, a 6-6 freshman from Houston, scored 17 points Friday, leading Paris Junior College to a 79-61 victory over God’s Academy in the Joe Huey Classic at Richland College.

Delvin Dickerson

The Dragons’ third straight victory improves their record to 5-3.

Anthony Adams and Mike Harmon backed Dickerson with 16 and 15 points respectively. Antonio Arnold and Eddie Leal added 8 points apiece.

The Dragons led 40-33 at the half. They out-rebounded God’s Academy 39-29.

Blue Smith led God’s Academy with 29 points.

PJC will play Connors State, the nation’s 13th-ranked junior college team, at 4 p.m. Saturday. Connors State (8-0) beat host Richland College 66-60 on Friday.

Connors State and PJC have two common opponents in the young season. Murray State lost to Paris 89-65 and to Connors State 58-35.

Richland College lost to Connors State 74-53 earlier in the season and 66-60 on Friday in the tournament. In a scrimmage game on Oct. 25, Richland edged Paris 46-42.

In its other games, Connors State beat Central Baptist (of Conway, Ark.) 87-66, Southwest Christian 87-65, Bacone College 81-54 and 84-50, and Arkansas Baptist 77-61.

Connors State is led by 6-1 sophomore guad Josh Cameron, who is averaging 13.2 points a game. Its next leading scorers are 6-1 sophomore guard Hakeem Harris (11.6 ppg), 6-2 sophomore guard Devante Moore (11.4 ppg), and 6-8 freshman forward Willie Atwood (10.8 ppg).

Denell Henderson, a 6-7 sophomore forward, is averaging 8.6 points a game, and Craig Hill, a 6-7 freshman forward, is averaging 6.2 points a game.



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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.