Paris falls in LIC tourney

Olney uses quickness to rough up the Tigers 71-39 to eliminate from tournament play

RED HILL – The Paris Tigers fell to the Olney Tigers Jan. 22 in the consolation match of the LIC Tourney to the score of 71-39.

It was a rematch of a December game at Olney where Paris played Olney hard in a physical first half before Olney took over in the second half. Paris Head Coach Shawn Nugent didn’t enjoy the second half at Red Hill.

“I’m not happy with how we handled adversity tonight, and a lot of the season, whether it comes to consistency of the calls from the refs, or whatever the game throws at them,” Nugent said about his team

The quicker Olney Tigers clogged passing lanes and prevented the ball from getting into the post throughout the game. The resulting turnovers were an issue for Paris all evening, although Paris managed to force a fair share of turnovers on Olney. Paris was unable to the get the offense in sync.

A low-scoring first quarter for both teams saw a physical Olney team pressure Paris on offense. Olney jumped out to an 11-5 lead with three minutes left, thanks to work inside from Sutton Dunn. Bryce Krabel scored back-to-back baskets for Paris to get the offense going, Krabel’s second basket resulted in a hard landing on a fast break. Olney zeroed in and kept Krabel to two points for the rest of the game.

“They were on Krabel, and he needs to find ways to get other guys involved, and do a better job of getting open,” said Nugent.

After making two three-pointers in the last minute of the first quarter, Olney started the second quarter with another. The Paris defense tightened up, and Paris got a three-pointer from Austin White and back-to-back short jump shots from Matt Brouwer. The scoring surge closed the difference to only 24-18 Olney halfway through the quarter.

Paris attacked on fast-break opportunities even without scoring results and increased the tempo of the game. Nugent was assessed a technical foul after Mason Hutchings was knocked over on a fast break attempt with 2:52 left. Paris ended the half on a strong note, forcing a turnover with three seconds left after Olney held the ball for nearly a minute. Brouwer got off a jump shot before the halftime buzzer.

Paris got baskets from Krabel and Hutchings to open the half to make it 29-24 Olney, but Olney proceeded to bury four three-pointers from the six-minute to three-minute mark. Olney increased the lead to 47-30 by the three-minute mark. With the lopsided scoring, Paris began forcing shots, and Olney capitalized on the forced shooting with fast breaks.

Down 55-32 entering the fourth, Nugent pulled most of his starters except freshman Mason Hutchings, after Ky Lawson was issued a technical foul out of frustration at the 6:18 mark. Paris played out the game with John Eslinger, DJ Fessant, Matt Brouwer and freshmen JR Brinkerhoff, along with Hutchings.

“Those younger guys came out and just wanted to play, no matter what the game scenario was. We’re going to find a way to get younger guys minutes down the stretch,” said Nugent.

Paris was led in scoring by Burger and Hutchings with 7 and Krabel, Brouwer and Lawson with 6. The Tigers host Robinson Feb. 2.

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