|Wildcats lose first district contest of year|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Jan. 15, 2005 -- PARIS - In the rematch of an earlier meeting with the Paris Wildcats, the start of the District 12-4A season did not favor the Sulphur Springs Wildcats Friday night.
With the game tied at 44-44, Paris (14-6 overall, 1-0 in district play) called a full timeout and then came out on an 8-0 run that put the game out of reach for Sulphur Springs in a 56-47 loss to give the Wildcats their first loss in district play.
"We had a timeout called when the game was tied at 44-44 and then we gave up a quick 8-0 run and that pretty much knocked our chances out," SSHS head coach Steve Glover said. "I thought they did a great job. They are believing in themselves, and we came over here with a plan tonight and I thought pretty much throughout the game that we executed our game plan for four quarters."
Sulphur Springs also lost 60-37 in the first meeting of the year between the two teams during the Tiger Classic tournament on Dec. 30.
SSHS is now 7-13 overall on the year and will travel to Mount Pleasant Tuesday night with the freshman scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.
"Mount Pleasant is supposed to be one of the front-runners and Tuesday night we are going to have to use our post guys and shoot better than we did tonight and we will need to work on that Monday," he said.
The Wildcats held Paris to just 26.8 percent shooting for the game (18-of-67), and Paris committed 23 turnovers compared to just 14 for the Wildcats.
Seniors Keenan Clayton and Tremayne Jones got into foul trouble early in the first half with three fouls a piece, and Glover went to his bench in an attempt to find a lineup that would keep the game close throughout.
"I thought we played four good consistent quarters and early on in the first half we got into foul trouble with several guys and I thought our bench did good filling in the void. A team is only as good as the guys that cover for them," Glover said.
Sulphur Springs senior Rolaundo Wright recorded another double-double against Paris with a game-high 15 points and 12 rebounds and cut the Paris lead at the half to three at 24-21 with a jumper as the clock was winding down.
At the start of the third quarter, SSHS went on an 8-0 of their own to take the lead at 31-27 with 3:28 remaining behind six points from senior Jon Gammill.
"Our problem this season has been coming out sloppy and lackadaisical in the third quarter and tonight we didn't do that," Glover said. "Our slogan tonight was, 'Let's go win the game, because they are not going to give it to us and let's go take the game.' I thought we played from the tip to the last buzzer doing the best that we could to do that."
Thurman Taylor gave Paris the lead back heading into the final period on a uncontested lay-up with 21 seconds remaining for a 35-34 lead.
With 1:12 remaining in the game, Sulphur Springs Ryan Allison got the game to within five at 52-47 draining a 3-pointer from three feet behind the arc for their final basket of the game.
Jones chipped in nine points and five rebounds and Gammill added eight points and four rebounds in the loss.
Paris was led in scoring by K.D. Jackson with 12 points and five rebounds, and teammate Geremy Robinson with 10 points and five rebounds.
Paris 53, SSHS 40
Sulphur Springs outscored Paris 15-8 in the third quarter, but it was too little, too late in their opening district game.
Paris held a 29-20 halftime lead, and held on in the second half as Intisal Agha pumped in a team-high 12 points in the win.
Colby Strain led all scorers for Sulphur Springs with 16 points, and teammate Aaron Williams chipped in 10 points.
Sulphur Springs is now 10-7 overall, and 0-1 in district play.
Sulphur Springs 10 5 15 10 - 40
Paris 19 10 8 16 - 53
Sulphur Springs - Drew Biggerstaff 2, Aaron Williams 10, J.R. Harrison 2, Colby Strain 16, Nash 5, Ricky Willis 3, Brad Washington 2.
Paris - Agha 12, Tyson 8, Easter 9, Ridley 2, Hargis 7, Sims 10, Rey 3, Carrell 2.
Paris 58, SSHS 23
The Sulphur Springs Wildcats could not get anything going offensively in the first half against Paris as they fell behind 34-6 at the intermission.
Andrew Panter led Sulphur Springs with 12 points and Darius Porter scored four points.
Paris had two players in double figures with 20 points from Deon Furtch and 14 from Le-Dretcus Gray.
Sulphur Springs 3 3 11 6 - 23
Paris 18 16 15 9 - 58
Sulphur Springs - Andrew Panter 12, Darius Porter 4, Dalton Abner 2, Kaylon Page 2, Savion Thomas 2, Lambert 1.
Paris - Gray 14, Furtch 20, Moore 7, Porter 5, Wallace 2, Patterson 3, McKinney 2, Fields 4, Hall 1.