Adams scores 23 points, including crucial free throws down the stretch, in Paris’ 60-58 victory over Bossier

Paris frward Morris "Mo" Mitchell guards Bossier center Chris Brown in the first half of Wednesday's 60-58 victory.

Paris frward Morris “Mo” Mitchell guards Bossier center Chris Brown in the first half of Wednesday’s 60-58 victory.

By CHARLES RICHARDS

eParisExtra.com

BOSSIER, La.Anthony Adams scored 23 points Wednesday, including five straight free throws in the final 2:09, to lead Paris Junior College to a 60-58 victory over Bossier Parish.

Paris was frigid from the field the first half, and Bossier led by as much as nine points (23-14) over the first 20 minutes.

Mike Harmon hit a 3-pointer and Eddie Leal and Adams each scored in a 7-0 run that got the Dragons to within 23-21 before Bossier pulled away for a 28-23 halftime lead.

Paris made only 1-of-6 free throws in the first half, but made 14-of-16 free throws in the second half, and that was the difference.

The Dragons were leading by 54-53 when Adams made two free throws on a 1-and-1 situation with 2:09 to play. Less than a minute later, he was fouled on a missed 3-point attempt and made three more free throws for a 59-53 Paris lead.

Nine second later, Desmond Champion made Bossier’s only 3-pointer of the night to cut Paris’ lead to 59-56.

After a Paris miss, Bossier rebounded and Ty’Rell Winn was fouled with 28.3 seconds on the clock.

Winn, who led Bossier with 12 points, missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and Paris rebounded. but the Cavaliers got the ball back on a turnover that led to an easy basket by Bossier’s Brandon Burke with 15 seconds remaining.

The Cavaliers fouled Antonio Arnold with 9.8 seconds to play. After making his first shot, Arnold missed his second, but Bossier couldn’t capitalize and the 60-58 lead stood up. Burke’s 10-foot jumper bounced off the rim with a second to play.

Paris improved to 13-13 overall and 7-8 in the conference; Bossier fell to 9-14 and 2-12.

In other mid-week Region XIV games, Navarro (21-5, 13-2) had a 79-54 victory voer Panola (8-17, 0-15); Kilgore (21-4, 11-4) picked up a 79-59 win over Trinity Valley (16-10, 7-8); Lee (17-8, 9-5) had an 85-77 victory over Blinn (11-15, 3-12), San Jacinto (20-5, 10-5) had a 75-63 win over Angelina (15-11, 8-7), and Jacksonville (19-7, 10-5) triumphed 84-79 over Coastal Bend (13-9, 6-8).

“We made our free throws in the second half tonight, and that probably was the difference. We showed some poise and resilience,” Paris coach Chuck Taylor said.

Bossier is in danger of not making the Region XIV post-season tournament again, but the Cavaliers always seem to play Paris tough.

The Dragons needed overtime to beat Bossier in Paris on Jan. 16, and Taylor still remembers barely escaping Bossier with an overtime victory last year.

“I’m just telling you. This is a tough place to play. I’ve snuck out of here three times,” said Taylor, who is in his third season as PJC’s coach. “This is my third time coming here, and those guys do a great job getting their guys pumped up and ready to go.”

With only four conference games remaining, the Dragons are assured of making the March 5-9 post-season tournament at UT-Tyler. Only the top 12 teams in the 14-team conference qualify.

The Dragons’ final four regular-season games are at Kilgore and at Trinity Valley on the next two Saturdays, with home games the next two Wednesdays against Tyler and Panola.

“Our sophomores did a really good job tonight,” Taylor said. “Dickerson and Harmon and Ant did some really good things tonight.

Adams was the only Dragon in double figures, but Arnold and Harmon had 8 points each.  Leal had an uncharacteristically cool night from the field – finishing with four points. He was getting good looks, but his shots refused to go in.

“It was a tremendous victory for us. I’ll take the win,” Taylor said. “After the loss we had to Navarro, it was good to see those guys come back hungry and resilient. That was really good for us.”

The PJC coach said he was pleased with his team’s first half effort despite scoring only 23 points.

“We held them to 28 points the first half, and the game was at our pace. They wanted to speed it up, and we wanted to slow it down. So it was just a tremendous job by our guys. I’m proud of ‘em, and now we’ve got to get ready for Kilgore on Saturday.”

PARIS         23-37—60

BOSSIER    28-30—58

Paris (13-13, 7-8) – Antonio Arnold 2 1 3-6 8, Mike Harmon 3 2 0-0 8, Anthony Adams 8 0 7-7 23, Chris Jones 1 0 2-4 4, Delvin Dickerson 2 0 2-5 6, Eddie Leal 2 0 0-0 4, Lamar Walker 0 0 0-0 0, Sheldon Yearwood 0 0 0-0 0, Marcus Holt 0 0 0-0 0, Morris Mitchell 2 0 1-2 5, Will Ransom 1 0 0-2 2. Totals: 21 3 15-26 60. Fouls: 18 (Arnold 3, Harmon 4, Adams 3, Jones 0, Dckerson 4, Leal 1, Walker 0, Yearwood 1, Holt 0, Mitchell 1, Ransom 1).

Bossier (9-14, 2-12) – Wilbert Thomas 3 0 3-6 9, Trayvion Johnson 1 0 0-0 2, Brandon Burke 2 0 0-0 4, Desmond Champion2 1 0-0 5, Dimitri Smith 2 0 3-6 7, Ty’Rell Winn 4 0 4-5 12, Londale James 0 0 0-0 0, Jalen Johnson 1 0 0-0 2, Chris Brown 3 0 1-2 7, Lyndale James 3 0 0-0 6, Justin
Harris 2 0 0-0 4. Totals: 23 1 11-19 58. Fouls: 20 (Thomas 4, Johnson 0, Burke 0, Champion 3, Smith 1, Winn 1, Lo. James 1, Johnson 1, Brown 1, Ly. James 4, Harris 4).

 

 

 

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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.