Paris makes 12 three-pointers, blocks 9 shots in 91-63 victory over Bossier

Fans and recruits join with PJC players on the court after the Dragons' 91-63 victory over Bossier. (eParisExtra photo)

Fans and recruits join with PJC players on the court after the Dragons’ 91-63 victory over Bossier. (eParisExtra photo)

HUNT CENTER, PARIS — Paris Junior College dropped a dozen 3-pointers Monday night on Bossier Parish Community College, winning 91-63 behind Delvin Dickerson‘s 24 points.

Dickerson had 16 points in the first half alone. He made nine field goals for the night, including five 3-pointers — two in the first 2:42.

PJC improved to 21-7 for the season and 14-4 in league play, one-half game behind Trinity Valley, the North Zone leader at 24-4 and 14-3.

Qua Doster added a trio of 3-pointers, and with everyone getting into the act, he was the only other PJC player in double figures, with 11 points.

Will Thomas led the visiting Cavaliers (6-21, 4-13) with 20 points, and Gustavs Puhovs added 17 points. Bossier hit eight 3-pointers itself, including four by Puhovs and two by Thomas. PJC took a 10-2 lead before the Cavaliers pulled to within 10-8. Then Paris broke the game open on a 17-3 run by Paris to make it 27-11 on the way to a 44-27 halftime lead.

The Dragons were coming off a huge 67-58 win Saturday over No. 5-ranked Trinity Valley (24-4, 14-3), putting PJC in great position for a first-round bye — anywhere from No. 1 to No. 4 — in next week’s Region XIV tournament at Tyler.

“I told our guys the mark of a good team is how you play in the game after a big win, PJC head coach Chuck Taylor said.

Paris’ biggest lead was 39 points (82-43) with nine minutes left in the game. By then, Taylor had already emptied his bench and given his starters the rest of the night off. “It was really good because I needed to rest those guys,” Taylor said.

“It’s unfortunate, you know, because we had scouts in the stands, coming to see certain people, but I had other things that were important.”

Paris had achieved the improbable by knocking off three nationally ranked teams in an eight-day period last week — beating Kilgore 53-49 and San Jacinto 61-58 before knocking off Trinity Valley — all at the Hunt Center. But Taylor felt it left his players fatigued for their fourth game in 10 days — a 55-49 loss on the road at Tyler on Wednesday.

Paris fans were treated Monday to nine blocks from 6-9 centers Ronnie White (4) and Xavier Dupree (5) and Ronnie White (4).

Between Dickerson’s flurry of 3-pointers and a block by White that led to a fast-break basket by Trevon Seymore, a loud and happy PJC crowd got into the game early in a big way.

“Dickerson obviously played well. I thought Jovan Austin did a good job running the team, and I thought Ronnie White gave us great energy, on rebounding, blocked shots, whatever,” Taylor said.

All 13 PJC players scored.

Paris has two regular-season games remaining — its last conference game at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night at Carthage against Panola (11-17, 4-13), then home again Saturday for a 6 p.m. non-conference game against East Texas Flight.

 

BOSSIER (6-21, 4-13) – Will Thomas 9 0-0 20, Jalen Johnson 0 0-2 0, Gustavs Puhovs 6 1-4 17, Trayvion Johnson 0 1-2 1, Lyndale James 0 0-0 0, Daven Moss 0 2-4 2, Ty’rell Winn 3 2-4 9, Ryan Coleman 3 1-2 7, Londale James 1 0-0 3, Jack Ocwieja 2 0-0 4, Hajj Green 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 7-18 63. Three-Pointers: 8 (Puhovs 4, Thomas 2, Winn 1, Lo. James 1). Fouls: 13. Fouled Out: None.

PARIS (21-7, 14-4) — Jovan Austin 3 2-2 9, Delvin Dickerson 9 1-3 24, Trevon Seymore 1 0-0 2, Brandon Scott 2 2-2 7, Keith Shivers 4 0-0 8, Xavier Dupree 1 0-0 3, Joe Haynes 1 2-2 4, Qua Doster 4 0-0 11, Ronnie White 4 1-1 9, Henoc Bienne 0 1-2 1, Andrew Arredondo 1 0-0 3, Nouhoum Bocoum 2 0-0 4, Andre Barnes 2 2-2 6. Totals: 34 11-14 91. Three-Pointers: 12 (Dickerson 5, Doster 3, Austin 1, Scott 1, Dupree 1, Arredondo 1). Fouls: 14. Fouled Out: None.

Halftime: Paris 44, Bossier 27.

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.