To beat the Charleston Tigers would have been the upset of the season for the Paris Eagles, who came out gunning against the Tigers to take an early lead but the Tigers responded in the second half to stop the Eagles’ bid and take the game 59-48.
Early in the first quarter, the Eagles had the Tigers a bit out of sync by pushing the ball and then patiently working the ball around until they got an open shot. This afforded the Eagles an early lead but the Tigers were not to be outdone and managed to scratch their way to a 14-13 lead at the end of the eight minutes.
Paris struggled a bit in the second quarter as their shots would not go down and Charleston’s big men in the paint took over. Charleston pumped in 14 points in the quarter while the Eagles were only able to add 9 bringing the midway point totals to 28-22 in favor of the Tigers.
Charleston knocked down some big three pointers in the third quarter that gave them a slight edge over the Eagles who found themselves playing a variety of players because of foul trouble to starters. The Tigers tacked on another 15 points in the quarter while the Eagles added only 10 to give Charleston a nine point lead going into the final quarter of play.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers inside men were on the bench in foul trouble giving the Eagles an opportunity to take the ball inside and narrow the gap in the score a bit. With three minutes left on the clock, the Tiger big men came back to the court and shut down the middle. Paris added 16 points in the quarter but the Tigers added 16 of their own to maintain the lead and capture the hard fought victory.
CHS 14 14 15 16 - 59
PHS 13 9 10 16 - 48
CHS—Ward 15, Shelby 12, Smith 10, Storey 8, King 7, Fenner 6
PHS—Fitzjurls 15, Forbis 11, Rice 9, Buchanan 8, Owens 3, Nehus 2