Tigers take Shrine trophy
CHRISMAN- For 32 minutes on the evening of Feb. 3, Roger Beals Court in Chrisman was the center of the basketball world – in the state of Illinois, at least.
Two old rivals squared off in the annual Shrine Game, but in the end, the Paris Tigers held on to defeat the Chrisman Cardinals by the score of 56-46. The final score doesn’t necessarily reflect it, but the winner of the game was hanging in the balance for the first 31:25.
As is the case in nearly any rivalry game, one can pretty much throw the records of each team out the window. Paris entered the contest with a 6-12 record and had lost six in a row dating back to Dec. 29 at the Tri-County Holiday Tournament. Chrisman came into the game with an overall record of 4-12 on the season.
With shooting woes plaguing the Tigers during their losing streak, a homecoming of sorts for Paris senior guard Bryce Krabel was just what Paris head coach Shawn Nugent was looking for.
Krabel played for Chrisman for three seasons prior to transferring to Paris for his final year. He proceeded to score the first 12 points of the game for the Tigers, knocking down a total of three three-pointers in the opening stanza, and completing a conventional three-point play as Paris led 16-12 at the first stop. The two teams combined for a total of seven three-point goals in the first quarter alone. For the game, the two combined for 16 three-pointers
The second quarter started rather slowly for both teams, with neither one able to score until Chrisman’s Davis Hale knocked down a three at the 5:55 mark. That brought the Cardinals to within a point, but the lead was short-lived. Kayin Lawson sank a three at the other end of the court for Paris just eight seconds later.
Chrisman head coach Zack Patterson called a timeout, and when play resumed Hale knocked down another shot from distance to make the score 19-18 at the 4:53 mark. That was as close as the Cardinals got the rest of the way.
Paris went on a 10-4 run – highlighted by a pair of threes from Krabel and a pair of buckets by DJ Fessant – to end the half with the score 29-22 in favor of the Tigers.
Chrisman’s senior forward Kyle Webster pretty much controlled the paint throughout the evening, and did his best to keep his squad in the contest. The inside-out game with him and freshman guard Layne Smith supplied all 10 points for the Cardinals in the third period.
On the other end of the court, Paris’ big man Zach Burger battled through being double-teamed every time he touched the ball and scored four points in the quarter. Add in another Krabel three, a couple of buckets from Lawson and the Tiger lead grew to 10 at the end of the third.
The fourth quarter summoned memories of past games between these two schools.
The Cardinals clawed their way back into the game, and trailed 52-46 with just 0:42 left in the game. Porter Hale, Davis Hale and Webster scored four points apiece in the final period, but one play in particular will be talked about around the coffee shops in Chrisman for a while.
Webster caught the ball near his own free throw line and drove to the basket for an apparent layup. Paris senior guard Brody Spencer stepped in front of him and Webster was called for an offensive foul as the ball went through the basket. Had the call gone the other way, Chrisman would have been down just three points with an opportunity to tie the game at the end of regulation.
Trailing by six with less than 40 seconds left, the Cardinals were forced to foul. Krabel stepped up big-time and knocked down four-of-five from the line to seal the win.
Webster led the way for Chrisman with 16 points in the contest. Davis Hale added 10, including four-of-four from the free throw line. Smith added nine, Porter Hale had six, and John Lawlyes chipped in with five. Chrisman shot just four-of-12 from the free throw line in the game.
Paris was led by Krabel with 28 points. Lawson turned in one of his best performances of the season with 14 points. Burger and Spencer each had five, and DJ Fessant added four. The Tigers were 9-of-17 from the foul line in the game, including five-of-eight in the fourth quarter.