Conference Champions: Members of the junior Eagle basketball team take a group picture after beating the junior Lavaca Arrows 60-49 for the conference championship. Team members include Josh Vaughn, Tyler Atchison, JP Potts, Jonathan Massey, Race Taylor, Jake Schneider, Preston Drewry, Kris Graham, Bryson Highfield, assistant Coach Jerry Fulmer, Hayden Rainwater, Talik Robinson, Alex Lovelace, Dominic Bradley, Raece Trusty, George Poole, and Coach Mike Foster.
In one of the best junior high boys basketball games ever played in Eagle Gymnasium, the Paris junior Eagles worked hard for the entire 24 minutes and came away with a 60-49 win over the visiting Lavaca junior Arrows for the outright conference championship.
Talik Robinson was a force for the junior Eagles in the paint as he pumped in 24 points to lead his team to the 11 point victory. Robinson and the Eagles went right at the junior Arrows putting 14 points on the board in the opening six minutes while keeping the junior Arrows out of rhythm and scoring only eight points.
While the junior Eagles continued to take the ball to the hole in the second quarter, the junior Arrows were able to find their shots and threw in 19 points to bring the halftime score to 28-27.
Paris came back in the third quarter to outscore the junior Arrows 12-11 and take their lead back to two points going into the final quarter of play.
Free throws became crucial for the junior Eagles in the final six minutes. Going to the line eight time the junior Eagles knocked down 10 of their 15 attempts and added another 10 from the field to outscore the junior Arrows 20-11 in the fourth and pick up the 60-49 victory.
The junior Eagles will take part in the district tournament this week at Danville. Going in as the number one seed the junior Eagles are in good position to capture the district championship trophy.
LJHS 8 19 11 11 - 49
PJHS 14 14 12 20 - 60
LJHS—Graves 6, Eck 5, Dolkery 9, Thomas 2, Harris 27
PJHS—Atchison 7, Taylor 17, Robinson 24, Trusty 6, Graham 6