Juco Basketball race resumes this weekend; PJC Dragons visit Angelina on Saturday, Coastal Bend on Monday

After a 2-1/2-week break between the fall and spring semesters, Coach Chuck Taylor’s Paris Junior College men’s basketball team (8-4 overall and 1-1 in conference) resumes play with three games over the next five days, beginning with Angelina College on Saturday in Lufkin, followed by a trip to Beeville on Monday to play Coastal Bend, and then a home game on Wednesday against Jacksonville.

The first part of the Region 14 schedule pits teams from the North Zone against teams from the South Zone, and interestingly, Angelina, Coastal Bend and Jacksonville are all still looking for their first win in conference. Angelina is 6-9 overall and 0-4 in conference, Coastal Bend is 6-4 overall and 0-3 in league play, and Jacksonville is 4-9 for the season and 0-4 in Region 14 games.

The Dragons hope to begin making up for opportunities lost. One of their four losses was by four points in the season opener to South Plains College (14-1), ranked second nationally among junior college teams.

PJC led in the final minutes of its three other losses, but let all three slip away. Since the Dragons’ last game on Dec. 11, Taylor’s goal was to instilled in his squad the fine art of how not to let that happen again. They lost 77-72 to Coffeyville, Kan.; 102-101 to Eastfield College; and 76-70 to Lamar-Port Arthur — all three times seeing the triumph of victory turn into the agony of defeat.

Someone commented that PJC can beat any other team in the conference and Taylor said, “We can beat anybody in the country.”

PJC is led by guards Jovan Austin, Trevon Seymore and Joe Haynes; forwards Delvin Dickerson and Xavier Dupree; and a pair of 6-9 post men — Ronnie White and Nouhoum Bocoum. Quick off the bench are guards Brandon Scott, Keith Shivers, Qua Doster, and Henoc Bienne.

After Saturday’s game in Lufkin against Angelina, Paris Junior College was originally scheduled to have four days off before hosting Jacksonville (5-9, 0-4) on Wednesday. But a water outage forced a postponement of PJC’s scheduled Dec. 4 game against Coastal Bend in Beeville, and so now the Dragons make the 450-mile trip to Beeville on Monday to take on Coastal Bend (6-4, 0-3).

In other games Saturday:

  • Undefeated Kilgore (12-0, 3-0) hosts Coastal Bend,
  • Trinity Valley (14-1, 4-0) travels to Lee College (6-4, 3-0),
  • Navarro (9-5, 2-2) hosts San Jacinto (10-3, 2-1),
  • Lamar-Port Arthur (14-2, 3-1) is at Bossier Parish (2-11, 1-3),
  • Tyler (9-3, 2-2) is at Blinn (10-3, 1-2), and
  • Panola (8-6, 2-2) is at Jacksonville (5-9, 0-4).

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra





Friday, Jan . 3:

Region 5-North:

North Lake at McLennan

Lone Star-Tomball at Collin

Region 5-West:

Frank Phillips at NW Kansas Tech

Saturday, Jan. 4:

Region 14:

Coastal Bend at Kilgore, 2 p.m.

Lamar-Port Arthur at Bossier, 4 p.m.

Panola at Jacksonville, 4  p.m.

San Jacinto at Navarro, 4 p.m.

Trinity Valley at Lee, 4 p.m.

Tyler at Blinn, 4 p.m.

Paris at Angelina, 6 p.m.

Region 5-North:

Eastfield at Ranger, 2 p.m.

El Centro at Collin, 2 p.m.

McLennan at Richland, 3 p.m.

Clarendon at SW Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Region 5-West:

Odessa at New Mexico Military, 6:30 p.m.

Frank Phillips at Midland, 7:45 p.m.

Howard at South Plains, 7:45 p.m.

New Mexico JC at Western Texas, 7:45 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 6:

Region 14:

Paris at Coastal Bend, 6 p.m

Region 5-North:

Temple at Lackland AFB, 6 p.m.

Collin at Mountain View, 7 p.m.

Concordia at McLennan

Region 5-West:

Odessa at New Mexico Military, 6:30 p.m. MST

Frank Phillips at Midland, 7:45 p.m.

New Mexico JC at Western Texas, 7:45 p.m.

Howard at South Plains, 7:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 7:

Hill at God’s Academy

Wednesday, Jan. 8:

Region 14:

Coastal Bend at Tyler, 6 p.m.

Angelina at Bossier, 7 p.m.

Navarro at Lamar-Port Arthur, 7 p.m.

Blinn at Trinity Valley, 7:30 p.m .

Jacksonville at Paris, 7:30 p.m.

Kilgore at San Jacinto, 7L:30 p.m.

Lee at Panola, 7:30 p.m.

Region 5-North:

Temple at Victoria, 7:30 p.m.

East Texas Flyers at Weatherford, 8:30 p.m.

Eastfield at SW Christian

Thursday, Jan. 9:

Region 5-North:

El Centro at SW Christian, 6 p.m.

Region 5-West:

New Mexico Military at Midland, 7 p.m.

Clarendon at Howard, 7:30 p.m.

Western Texas at Odessa, 7:45 p.m.

South Plains at New Mexico JC, 7:45 p.m. MST

Saturday, Jan. 11:

Region 14:

Trinity Valley at Coastal Bend, 2 p.m.

Bossier at Jacksonville, 4 p.m.

Lamar-Port Arthur at Kilgore, 4 p.m.

Tyler at San Jacinto, 4 p.m.

Navarro at Angelina, 6 p.m.

Panola at Blinn, 6 p.m.

Paris at Lee, 6 p.m.

Region 5-North:

Ranger at Collin

Hill at Weatherford

Temple at McLennan



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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.