In the opening round of boys' varsity basketball games at the Sturgeon Tournament on Tuesday, Paris fell behind New Franklin 16-6 in the first quarter on its' way to falling 51-37.

While the Coyotes did find a way to swipe the second 14-13 and the third 7-6 to pull cut the lead to 29-20 and 35-27, respectively, New Franklin rose up and claimed the fourth 16-10 to lock down this decision.

Directing this offensive effort for Paris despite the tight defense played on both sides was Brett Miller with 10 points and five rebounds, five steals and two assists, Dylan Painter had six points, three boards, one assist and a steal and scoring five each were Matthew Unterbrink and Adam Forrest. Nic Thomas and Jacob Green also came through with four points a piece, Brant Ensor added two points, two assists, one rebound, a block and one steal and connecting one a free throw with one board was Blake Turner.

For the game the Coyotes charted 20 rebounds, 15 steals, eight assists and four blocks. The squad also went 4-for-15 from behind the arc and 9-for-20 from the free throw line.

Paris, 6-9 overall, 0-3 Lewis and Clark Conference, played in the second round of this event on Thursday.