Lack of size hurts Paris
Another taller team in the paint took advantage of the Tigers’ lack of size Friday night.
The Casey-Westfield Warriors defeated the Paris Tigers, 72-40, on the Paris home court. The Warriors launched their fair share of threes throughout the contest, some of which were matched by Paris, especially in the second quarter.
When not converting three-point shots, the Paris offense struggled with occasional turnovers and having their shots blocked.
Casey slowly stretched out the Warriors lead to 8-3 halfway through the first quarter with a majority of their shots coming from the paint. Meanwhile, the Tigers struggled from the paint and missed shots beyond the arc. Casey dropped in two three-pointers and led 19-7 after one.
Paris struggled taking the ball into the lane, getting fouled on repeated attempts and either split the free throws or had the shots blocked. Down 28-8, DJ Fessant scored on a rare Casey turnover near the hoop and Austin White drilled a three with 4:30 left to force a timeout from the Warriors.
Casey responded with threes on back-to-back possessions, followed by a Kayin Lawson three-pointer from Paris. After a couple turnovers, Brody Spencer capped the Tiger scoring with a three-pointer with under a minute left, with the Tigers down 20 at half.
Casey went to Luke Richards in the opening portions of the third and continued throughout the quarter. The Tigers struggled inside with shot rejections and Casey went quiet as well from behind the three-point line but still continued building the lead to 56-25 thanks to a few fast breaks toward the end of the quarter.
Paris Coach Shawn Nugent pulled his starters early in the fourth, inserting J.V. players Matthew Brouwer, Coy Landrum and Mason Hutchings, who played most of the fourth quarter. The Tigers got some three-pointers from Austin White and scoring drives from Hutchings. Freshmen J.R. Brinkerhoff, Garrett King and Jude Sullivan got into the game with less than two minutes left.
Nugent had little to say after the game.
“Our guys didn’t give us a full effort at all tonight and it’s very disappointing. I don’t have much else to say about it,” he said.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Casey 19 20 17 16 72
Paris 7 12 6 15 40
Casey: Gilbert 6-2-15; J. Brandenburg 1-1-3; Carver 3-2-9; Hanker 0-0-0; Richards 8-0-16; Livingston 8-1-20; Hosse 1-0-3; Clark 0-0-0; Patrick 1-0-2; Dallape 1-0-2; L. Brandenburg 1-0-2; Totals: 30-6-72
Paris: Fessant 1-0-2; Eslinger 0-0-0; Hutchings 2-0-4; Spencer 3-0-7; Mullenix 1-0-2; Landrum 0-0-0; Hopper 0-0-0; White 3-2-11; Krabel 0-3-3; Lawson 1-0-3; Burger 2-1-5; Brouwer 0-0-0; Totals: 13-5-40
Three-Pointers: Paris 5 (Lawson 1, Spencer 1, White 3) Casey 6 (Carver 1, Gilbert 1, Livingston 3, Hosse 1)