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home : sports : sports February 05, 2016

2/25/2014 2:54:00 PM
Maroons fall short against Paris, 58-49
Sports Editor

Two former and soon-to-be conference foes squared off in a non-conference contest Wednesday night.

Robinson High School's boys' basketball team went into their make-up contest with visiting Paris, who will join the Maroons in the Little Illini Conference next season, short-handed and came out on the short end of a 58-49 decision.

"Our guys are disappointed because they can play better than they did tonight," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "They played hard, but they know they can play better."

The Maroons were without senior center Michael Akande, whose recurring hip injury flared up Tuesday and forced him to sit out Wednesday night's game. That hurt the Maroons in a variety of ways, as they were without a post presence on the offensive end and they also had trouble keeping Paris off the boards on the defensive end.

"Early in the game we had some good looks that we needed to knock down," Thompson said. "Then we gave them, especially their guards, too many second chance opportunities. They outworked us on our defensive glass and we gave them at least eight to 10 second-chance points. If we don't give them those, we are in a good position to win this game."

The teams traded the lead early, with Robinson holding a 7-4 lead near the midpoint of the first quarter. However, Robinson's last lead came at 10-9 with 3:00 left following a three-pointer from Parker Bopp. Paris countered with six straight points to take a 15-10 lead and held a 15-12 edge at the end of the first period.

Momentum continued to go in Paris' direction in the second quarter, as the Maroons had trouble scoring and even holding onto the ball early in the period. Robinson committed four turnovers in the first minute of the period and had seven total, while they went over five minutes without scoring to start the period. Paris scored the first nine points of the quarter to extend their lead to 24-12, before Alex Brown broke Robinson's scoring drought with a free throw at the 2:40 mark. Connor Griffin would add a three-pointer about a minute later, helping the Maroons close the gap to 24-16 at halftime.

A layup by Bopp on a backdoor lob from Griffin pulled the Maroons to within 24-18 at the 7:30 mark of the third quarter, but the Maroons would not get any closer the rest of the way. A 7-0 Paris run in the middle of the period extended their lead to 37-23 and the Tigers held a 41-28 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Paris led by as many as 15 early in the fourth quarter before Robinson started to heat up from long range and tried to claw their way back into the game.

A free throw by Bucky Stevens, a jumper by Bopp and a three-pointer from Griffin pulled Robinson to within 47-38 with 2:50 to play, then the Maroons traded three for two twice to get within 51-44 with 1:25 remaining. Robinson had a chance to get closer after a Paris turnover, but Griffin missed a long three-pointer and Bopp missed a jumper from the baseline. Paris then would knock down seven of eight free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

"That drought in the second quarter really hurt us," Thompson said. "We just got silly with the ball and did things you can't do. We battled and fought and scrapped, but just couldn't get over the hump."

Without their leading scorer inside, the Maroons went to the long ball to stay in the game, as they made 9-27 three-point attempts (33 percent), while they were also 10-22 from two-point range (45 percent), while Paris made 20-48 shots (42 percent), including 18-36 from inside the arc (50 percent) and 2-12 from long distance (17 percent). Where Paris held an advantage was on the glass, as they outrebounded Robinson 38-28 and at the free throw line. The Tigers made 16-23 foul shots (70 percent), while the Maroons were just 2-9 at the charity stripe (22 percent).

"We missed a lot of shots around the rim and were just 2-9 at the free throw line," Thompson said. "They missed seven free throws too, but they made 14 more than we did."

Bopp led RHS with 14 points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist, while Griffin posted 12 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists. Jason Richart netted 10 points, three assists and one steal, Wes Harrison contributed eight points, 12 rebounds and one blocked shot, Dylan Dirks added three points and one rebound, Stevens collected one point and four rebounds and Brown had one point and two rebounds.

"Wes had a good game and Noah (Tennison) played well with seven assists and no turnovers," Thompson said. "I also thought Alex played some solid minutes and did a nice job for us and Bucky played well and did some good things for us, too."

Austin Temples led Paris with 22 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two assists, while Jeffery Martin posted 13 points, eight rebounds and one steal.

Robinson also lost the junior varsity game 54-46. Ethan White led RHS with 15 points, while Joey Wright scored eight. Dirks tossed in seven points, Stevens and Wes Wright netted five points apiece and Mason Shew and Garrett Blagrave each added three.

At Robinson

Paris 15 9 17 17 - 58

Robinson 12 4 12 21 - 49

PARIS (58)

Mike Wells 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Temples 7-11 0-5 8-10 22, Cam Elmore 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Logan McDaniel 1-1 1-3 2-2 7, Riley Spencer 3-8 1-2 0-0 9, Marcus Switzer 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Denver Brewer 1-2 0-1 0-0 2, Zack Lueken 1-5 0-0 2-4 4, Jeffery Martin 5-8 0-0 3-5 13, Hunter Morris 0-0 0-1 1-2 1, Cam Malone 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 18-36 2FG, 2-12 3FG, 16-23 FT, 58 TP.


Noah Tennison 0-1 0-1 0-0 0, Ethan White 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Collin Rains 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Dylan Dirks 0-0 1-2 0-0 3, Connor Griffin 0-1 4-9 0-2 12, Joey Wright 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Dalton Albright 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Alex Brown 0-0 0-0 1-2 1, Landen Hoagland 0-1 0-1 0-0 0, Wes Wright 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Parker Bopp 4-10 2-5 0-1 14, Jason Richart 2-2 2-9 0-2 10, Wes Harrison 4-6 0-0 0-0 8, Bucky Stevens 0-1 0-0 1-2 1, TOTALS 10-22 2FG, 9-27 3FG, 2-9 FT, 49 TP.

Turnovers - PHS 15, RHS 15. Team fouls - PHS 13, RHS 17. Fouled out - none. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (PHS 38) Martin 8, Temples 8, Lueken 7, Spencer 5. (RHS 28) Harrison 12, Griffin 5, Stevens 4, Bopp 3, Brown 2, Dirks, Hoagland. Steals - (PHS 13) Temples 4, Spencer 3, Brewer 3. (RHS 6) Griffin 4, Richart, Bopp. Assists - (PHS 10) McDaniel 4, Temples 2, Spencer 2. (RHS 15) Tennison 7, Griffin 3, Richart 3, Bopp, White. Blocked shots - (RHS 2) Bopp, Harrison.

Junior Varsity

Paris 21 7 17 9 - 54

Robinson 10 11 12 13 - 46

Highlights - (RHS) Dylan Dirks 7 points; Bucky Stevens 5 points; Joey Wright 8 points; Wes Wright 5 points; Ethan White 15 points; Mason Shew 3 points; Garrett Blagrave 3 points.

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