KANSAS — For the third time in the last four years, Paris won the 14th annual Tri-County boys basketball Holiday Tournament Friday. The Tigers scored the first 8 points and built a lead of 17. The Titans didn't get closer than 11 and lost 57-32.
"I hope this puts us in the right direction," said Tri-County coach David Smith of going 3-1 in the tournament to improve to 6-10. "We have three games before the Little Okaw Valley Southeast Division Tournament, and our goal is to win our side and play in the championship game of the entire conference."
Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond led nearly the entire game in the third-place contest, beating Hutsonville/Palestine 48-34.
The all-tournament team consisted of seven players, with a tie for the last of the six positions. Isaac York of Hutsonville/Palestine was voted the Most Valuable Player, while other members were Martinsville's Dalton Rollings, Westville's Tylan Stricklett, WSS's Chase Thies, Chrisman's Kyle Webster, Tri-County's Dylan Campbell and Paris's Bryce Krabel.
A 20-0 run in the first half gave WSS control of the fifth-place game as the Hatchets doubled the score on Chrisman 54-29.
Westville led 54-29 after three quarters before winning the seventh-place game 64-50 over Martinsville, who fell to 3-11.
Paris 57, Tri-County 32
Zach Burger scored the first six points for the Tigers against the Titans' man-to-man, and Krabel's basket made it 8-0 before Cody Richardson scored the only points of the opening quarter for the Titans. Burton and Gary Hopper scored the final baskets of the opening quarter for a 12-2 Tiger lead.
It was 14-4 when Krabel sank a 3-pointer, Brody Spencer and Austin White all sank shots for a 21-4 advantage. The Tigers ran with it when they got a defensive rebound and were 8-of-10 in the second quarter form the field. Tri-County was within 11 on a 3-pointer by Richardson with 2:06 left in the half, but that was as close as they would get.
"Tri-County played hard," said Paris coach Sean Nugent. "I was especially proud of how we came out in the game holding them to two points in the first quarter. I was upset at half about the 16 points we gave up in the second quarter. I told the players at halftime I don't want them getting 40 at all and the team all agreed that we were not going to let them get 40."
The Tigers' man-to-man defense held Tri-County to just 24 percent shooting from the field, including 18 percent from beyond the three-point line.
Smith said, "We didn't get back on defense and they got a lot of fastbreak points. I thought we rebounded well as we crashed the boards, but that forced us not to get back on defense a lot. We just didn't make shots in my opinion. We had open looks, but just didn't knock them down."
Krabel finished with a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Burger had 14 for Paris, 6-7.
The Titans were led by Richardson with 11 points.
Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 48, Hutsonville/Palestine 34
Hutsonville led only once, 3-2, when A-L-A-H went on a 21-2 run against the Tigers' man-to-man defense. The run started with baskets by Will Cohan and Austin Romine. Kobe Wells followed with a 3-point play and a layup before Cohan sank a 3-pointer for a 14-3 advantage with two minutes left in opening quarter. York scored for the Tigers and Wells scored on a feed from Cody Miller to end the scoring in the first. Freshman Austin Plank sank a 3-pointer and Cohan had four of his season-high 20 points for a 23-5 advantage.
"We got off to a good start," said A-L-A-H coach Dale Schuring. "We certainly moved the ball well and got great shots. We started to go individualistic at times and not get the ball reversed. We didn't do a good job screening or cutting, but a lot of that is credit to Hutsonville. They were really aggressive defensively and that took us out of somethings we wanted to do. Our kids fought through it and hopefully we will get better because of what we went through tonight."
The Tigers did get to within 10 points after three quarters. Cohan made sure they didn't get closer, scoring the first 6 points of the fourth.
A-L-A-H shot 51 percent from the field.
"It is real simple for us," said Schuring. "We have to execute our offense to be successful and we did early and at times, but not consistent enough like in the previous two games."
The Knights went 3-1 in the tournament and are now 5-6.
"I am very pleased with the tournament top to bottom," said Schuring. "Overall it was a very good tournament for us and hopefully we can continue the winning ways and the better basketball we have been playing and carry it into the second half of the season."
WSS 54, Chrisman 29
Chrisman led 9-5 when WSS went on a 20-0 run over a span of 3:03. The run started with a basket by Thies and the opening quarter ended with five points by Isaac Kramer, including a 3-pointer. Jackson Miller netted two 3-pointers around a basket by Gavin Bennett for a 20-9 lead. Beau Bennett made a basket and Kramer converted a 3-point play for a 25-9 advantage.
The Cardinals didn't get closer than 14 points the rest of the game and the Hatchets 2-3 zone held Chrisman to just 24 percent shooting from the field.
The Hatchets, 7-5, were led in scoring by Kramer with 17 points, while Christian Kessler led in rebounds with 12.
Westville 64, Martinsville 50
Martisnville was within 5 points at the half, 24-19 when the Tigers pulled away with a 30-10 third quarter to lead by 25.
Grant Haenig and Garron Haenig led the Bluestreaks with 16 and 11 points, respectively.
Martinsville is 3-11.