With only a two games remaining in conference play, the junior Eagle basketball team is one win away from capturing the conference championship. The junior Eagles faced the Lavaca junior Arrows on Monday night with both teams going into the game undefeated in conference play. In addition taking on the junior Arrows, the junior Eagles will finish the regular season with a game against the junior Warriors of Lamar.
The junior Eagles maintained their undefeated conference record last week with wins over the junior Tigers of Mansfield and Charleston.
On Monday the junior Eagles took on Mansfield and started off hot and never cooled off as they handed the junior Tigers a 59-19 loss.
Pushing the pace and using their big inside players the junior Eagles pumped in 27 points in the first half of play while holding the junior Tigers to only 10 points.
Raece Trusty had a big third quarter for the Eagles crashing the boards and getting offensive rebounds which he turned into six points as Paris tacked on another 15 to their total while the junior Tigers added only seven.
With the large lead, the second string players got an opportunity to show off their skills in the varsity game. The second squad did a great job of maintaining Paris’ pace and again put 10 points on the board to secure the victory.
MJHS 4 6 7 2
PJHS 14 13 15 10
MJHS—James 3, Schluterman 2, McAlister 4, Morgan 2, Beshears 4, Kyle 2, Billie 2
PJHS—Atchinson 6, Taylor 7, Robinson 14, Trusty 10, Rainwater 5, Drewry 4, Graham 2, Vaughn 2, Poole 2
On Thursday evening the junior Eagles traveled to Charleston to take on the junior Tigers. This match-up with Tigers was not as one sided as the junior Eagles’ game on Monday evening. The junior Eagles did play another great game and took advantage of their inside player size again to capture the 61-47 victory.
Talik Robinson was unstoppable in the paint, scoring 22 points to lead the junior Eagles, while Race Taylor finished with 13 and Hayden Rainwater with 12.
Paris took an early lead in the game and despite tough play by the junior Tigers, were able to go into the locker room at the halftime break with a 37-29 lead.
Charleston struggled to get the ball to the basket in the third quarter as the junior Eagles put on the pressure and kept Charleston from scoring. Meanwhile, the junior Eagles continued to take the ball to the hole and added another 17 to their total.
Once again, the large lead enabled the Eagles to use some of their second string players and despite scoring only seven points in the final six minutes the junior Eagles were able to hold on for the 14 point victory.
CJHS 13 16 6 12 - 47
PJHS 17 20 17 7 - 61
PJHS—Robinson 22, Graham 5, Taylor 13, Trusty 9, Rainwater 12