Dragons defeat Tyler 78-72 for eighth straight victory

PJC Dragon FireHUNT CENTER, PJC Campus – Delvin Dickerson scored 15 points and Trevon Seymore 13 points as Paris Junior College defeated Tyler Junior College 78-72 on Saturday for their eighth straight victory, keeping them atop the Region XIV basketball standings.

Paris led 37-23 at the half — most of the damage coming on a 12-3 run that took the Dragons from a 5-2 deficit to a 14-8 lead, and a 9-0 run over the last 1:24 of the half. Dickerson’s 3-pointer at the buzzer put an exclamation mark on the run for a 37-23 lead.

The Dragons led by 13 points at 72-59 with 45 seconds to play, but TJC’s Apaches scored 13 points in the last 38 seconds of the game, including two 3-pointers from Japhet Davis-Sophus and one from Vamba Donzo, Tyler got as close as 76-72 at 0:02 before Joe Haynes made two free throws for the final score.

Tyler’s Todd Eaglin led all scorers with 21 points, including 8-of-10 free throws. Faith Pope added 12 points. Davis-Sophus and Donzo each made three 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 9 points apiece.

With the win, Coach Chuck Taylor‘s Paris squad improved to 16-4 for the season and 9-1 in conference. Tyler dropped to 10-8 and 3-7.

The next game for Paris is against Trinity Valley at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Athens. The two teams are tied not only for the lead in Region XIV’s seven-team North Zone but of the entire league.

In other Region XIV men’s games on Saturday:

  • Trinity Valley (19-2, 9-1) defeated Panola (11-11, 4-7) by 93-3
  • Kilgore (17-2, 8-2) defeated Bossier (4-16, 2-8) by 73-70
  • San Jacinto (16-4, 7-2) defeated Coastal Bend (6-12, 0-11) by 89-72
  • Lamar State-Port Arthur (17-4, 7-3) defeated Blinn (13-8, 4-7) by 71-68
  • Lee (13-7, 6-3) defeated Angelina (9-13, 3-8) by 98-89

          TYLER 23-49–72

          PARIS 37-41–78

TYLER APACHES (10-8, 3-7) — Levi Yancy 0 0-0 0, Todd Eaglin 6 8-10 21, Jon Alexander 4 0-2 8, Faith Pope 4 4-4 12, Japhet Davis-Sophus 3 0-0 9, Ravaughn Gayle 1 2-2 4, Vamba Donzo 3 0-0 9, Chuka Eneh 0 2-2 2, Tyler Miller 2 3-4 7. Totals: 23 19-24 72. Three-Pointers: 7 (Davis-Sophus 3, Donzo 3, Eaglin 1). Fouls: 27. Fouled Out: Miller.

PARIS DRAGONS (16-4, 9-1) — Jovan Austin 3 0-0 7, Delvin Dickerson 3 7-8 15, Trevon Seymore 3 7-11 13, Brandon Scott 1 0-0 3, Keith Shivers 0 0-2 0, Xavier Dupree 2 0-0 4, Joe Haynes 1 4-6 7, Qua Doster 3 2-2 10, Ronnie White 4 1-2 9, Henoc Bienne 0 0-0 0, Nouhoum Bocoum 4 2-3 10, Andre Barnes 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 23-34 78. Three-Pointers: 7 (Dickerson 2, Doster 2, Austin 1, Scott 1, Haynes 1). Fouls: 21. Fouled Out: None. Technical Fouls: Dickerson (hanging on rim).

 By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

 

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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.