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By CHARLES RICHARDS
Anthony Adams scored 23 points to lead Paris Junior College to an exciting 90-88 come-from-behind victory over Bossier Parish in overtime Wednesday, snapping a 3-game losing streak.
Paris improved to 9-10 overall and 3-5 in Region 14 junior conference play, while Bossier slipped to 7-9 and 1-7.
“We needed the win to get that bad taste out of our mouth,” PJC head coach Chuck Taylor said.
In other league games, Navarro beat Panola 52-36, Kilgore defeated Trinity Valley 73-62, Jacksonville beat Coastal Bend 72-68, Angelina edged San Jacinto 74-71, ad Lee College won its second straight road game, beating Blinn 62-61.
In a season where the best conference record earns one of two trips from Region 14 to the national tournament, Navarro is 7-1; Kilgore and Angelina are 6-2; Jacksonville, Coastal Bend and Lee are 5-3; Lamar-Port Arthur is 4-3; Trinity Valley and San Jacinto are 4-4; Paris is 3-5; Bossier and Blinn are 1-7; and Panola is 0-8.
“Anthony Adams played phenomenal tonight. When he plays like that, we’re tough to beat. But my hat’s off to all our guys. It was a total team effort.”
Adams was backed by three other players in double digits. Delvin Dickerson scored 12 points, and Chris Jones and Mike Harmon had 10 points apiece.
Besides his eight field goals and 7-of-8 free throws, Adams had made two instinctive passes that resulted in easy baskets by Dickerson and Jones at crucial times of the last minutes of regulation and overtime. Adams and Dickerson pulled down several key rebounds.
Adams, Dickerson and Eddie Leal all took charges. A couple of the charges — where the defensive player holds his ground and sacrifices himself to the oncoming player — negated Bossier baskets. If not executed properly, if the offensive player is moving with the contact, the foul is called on the defensive player instead.
“That’s really important for us. That’s a part of what we do. We teach it every day. We drill it every day, and that’s part of our mental toughness,” Taylor said.
Ty’Rell Winn led Bossier with 19 points. Lyndale Jones had 14, and Justin Harris, Wilbert Thomas and Dimitri Smith had 11 points each.
Bossier made five more field goals (33 to 28) and one more 3-pointer (8 to 7) than Paris, but the Dragons were uncharacteristically on fire from the free throw line, making 27-of-33 (81.8 percent) to 14-of-24 (58.3 percent) for Bossier. Chris Jones was 4-of-5 from the line, Dickerson was 5-of-6, and Sheldon Yearwood was 4-of-4.
The Dragons dominated Bossier early on, building a 29-16 lead. But Bossier went on a 10-0 run that whittled the lead to 29-26. Later, Bossier scored 13 straight points to turn a 55-48 deficit into a 61-55 lead.
With 2:42 left in regulation, the Dragons found themselves down 74-67. But Adams led his team to an 9-2 run, leaving Bossier ahead, 76-74, with 1:18 to play.
With the hometown Paris crowd yelling for Paris to make a stop, the Dragons complied. Bossier called a time out to prevent one turnover, and then the Cavaliers were unable to get a shot off before the 24-second time clock sounded.
Adams was fouled on a shot attempt with 29 seconds left and made one of two free throws to make it 76-75.
To keep Bossier from running out the clock, Paris was forced to foul. Harmon fouled 6-4 freshman Wilbert Thomas, sending him to the free throw line for a 1-and-1 with 21 seconds left on the clock.
Thomas’ front end of the one-and-one went in, and then out again!
Adams grabbed the rebound and headed the other way, going coast-to-coast for a layup and a 77-76 lead.
But 15 seconds were still on the clock. The Cavaliers drove inside and put up a shot. It missed, and Thomas rebounded. He went back up and missed again, but a foul was called on Dickerson on the play.
Only 3 seconds left on the clock, and Thomas was at the line for two free throws. He could make them both for a Bossier win, he could miss both for a Paris win, or he could make 1-of-2 and send the game into overtime.
Thomas’ first shot bounced away, and now it was going to be either overtime or a Paris victory.
The second shot was good, and so the game was headed for a five-minute overtime.
The tip in overtime was between 6-8 Bossier freshman Chris Brown and 6-8 Paris freshman Will Ransom. Ransom controlled the tip, but the Dragons were unable to score.
On the other end, Bossier quickly took an 80-77 lead on a 3-pointer by Smith.
On Paris’ possession, Jones drove inside and missed, but Morris Mitchell rebounded, and he was fouled. He made one of two free throws, making the score 80-78 Bossier with four minutes left in overtime.
The crowd began to yell “Defense! Defense! Defense!” and Paris responded. With the 35-second shot clock winding down, Winn threw up an awkward shot from eight feet and the ball bounded off the rim and into Adams’ hands on the left side of the lane.
Adams took one dribble, looked down court and saw Jones streaking across the mid-court line. Adams whipped the ball to Jones in stride, and Jones went to the basket all alone, scoring for an 80-80 tie at 3:20.
Bossier went back down court, and Thomas missed his shot, Dickerson going up for a huge rebound for Paris.
Harmon missed a 3-point attempt, but Dickerson made big rebound in traffic for Paris. He got the ball out to Adams, who passed to Jones, who passed back to Adams for a 10-foot jump shot that swished through for an 82-80 lead with 2:03 remaining in overtime.
Adams then stole an errant Bossier pass and drove for the basket. On the block attempt, Smith sent him sprawling to the floor. After a full time out by Bossier, Adams made both free throws, making it a two-possession game at 84-80.
Bossier raced down court and ended up with an easy basket inside by Lyndale Jones, cutting Paris’ lead to 84-82 with just over a minute to play.
Now it was Paris’ time to try to run time off the clock. Jones was dribbling and almost lost the ball.
Jones got it back, and with time running out he shot from along right baseline, and his shot caromed off the side of the backboard, and in the fight for the rebound, the ball went out of bounds on Paris.
Now there was just 32 seconds left, and the shot clock was off. Winn missed on a shot that would have tied the game, and Jones got the rebound and got the ball to Adams, who was fouled immediately, with 24 seconds to play.
A team gets two free throws whenever a team has 10 or more fouls in a half, and that was the situation now. Adams made both shots now for an 86-82 lead. Back to a two-possession lead for Paris.
To keep Paris fans uncomfortable, Bossier got the ball to
Winn, who immediately nailed an NBA-range 3-pointer, and the Dragons’ lead was cut to 86-85.
With just 11 seconds left on the clock, Adams was fouled and went back to the free throw line. He made both free throws, and now it’s 88-85.
Could Paris hold on?
The ball quickly was in the hands of Winn, Bossier’s leading scorer. He sped down court, looking for an open shot. A hand from a Paris defender reached out, knocking the ball out of bounds with four seconds to play.
Paris coach Taylor called time out to discuss strategy.
“You know, everybody has a different philosophy about what to do in situations like this,” Taylor said.
“In this particular scenario, and the way they had shot tonight, we were going to foul them as soon as they threw the ball in. I told our guys to foul them and not let them get a 3-point shot off. They can make only two points at the free throw line.”
Throwing the ball in for Bossier was Dimitri Smith, and Winn was trying to get in the open to shoot the potentially game-tying shot.
Smith started to pass the ball in one direction, changed his mind, and in his frustration inadvertently stepped over the in-bounds line for a turnover.
That was basically the ball game.
Paris now had possession, and Bossier immediately fouled Chris Jones with three seconds left in overtime.
Jones made both free throws for a 90-85 lead. Who knew those two free throws would mean so much? Bossier got the ball inbounds toWinn, who launched a shot from beyond midcourt and it found nothing but net, swishing through for three points, making the final score 90-88.
Bossier Parish 36-41-11—88
Bossier Parish (7-9, 1-7) – Wilbert Thomas 4 3-5 11, Trayvion Johnson 2 0-0 6, Brandon Burke 1 0-0 2, Desmond Champion 2 1-2 5, Dimitri Smith 4 1-3 11, Ty’Rell Winn 6 5-6 19, Londale James 2 0-0 5, Chris Brown 2 0-0 4, Lyndale James 6 2-4 14, Justin Harris 4 2-4 11. Totals: 33 14-24 88. 3-Pointers: 8 (Johnson 2, Smith 2, Winn 2, Londale James 1, Harris 1). Fouls: 24. Fouled Out: Harris. Turnovers: 16.
Paris (9-10, 3-5) – Antonio Arnold 3 0-0 8, Mike Harmon 4 0-0 10, Anthony Adams 8 7-8 23, Chris Jones 3 4-5 10, David Tucker 0 0-0 0, Delvin Dickerson 3 5-6 12, Eddie Leal 3 1-2 9, Lamar Walker 1 0-0 2, Sheldon Yearwood 1 4-4 6, Marcus Holt 2 0-0 4, Morris Mitchell 0 1-2 1, Will Ransom 0 5-6 5. Totals: 28 29-33 90. 3-Pointers: 7 (Arnold 2, Harmon 2, Leal 2, Dickerson 1). Fouls: 17. Fouled Out: None. Turnovers: 13.