The last time the Paris varsity boys basketball team faced Community R-6 it had the unusual and unfortunate task of being a Homecoming opponent and it didn't go that well.
When the pair then squared of once again in the second round of the Sturgeon Tournament, the setting might have been much more neutral, but the Trojans weren't, outscoring the Coyotes 20-14 in the first quarter and 14-8 in the second. Now down 34-22 at halftime, Paris did cut its deficit to 48-39 at the end of the third, but when CR-6 was able to take the fourth 12-9, that was also enough to allow it to claim a 60-48 victory.
"We are still at two wins. We got healthy and then lost Adam Forrest to an ankle sprain, Blake Turner to the flu and Ryan Ragsdale to concussion," said Paris coach Wade Billington. "We played eight kids against Community. A lot of young kids who played extremely hard. We just couldn't match up for an entire game."
Just because the Coyotes didn't get the results they were looking for, that doesn't mean they didn't have their share of highlights, which included Zac Rentschler going 6-for-11 from the floor to score 12 and Konnor Heitmeyer went 3-for-7 for 11 points, three assists and two rebounds. Chris Ebbesmeyer also helped Paris drive its point home with nine points, seven boards and six assists, Aidan Mitchell was good for seven points, five rebounds and two assists and Laken Edwards had five points.
"It was a good win for us. That got us to seven wins and that's what we had last year. So really proud of our guys," said CR-6 coach Matt Thomas.
Flying high for the Trojans in this one was Bobby Jett with 17 points Blaze Escamilla, Eric Hombs and Cordell Hollensteiner added 12 points each and Evan Hartsock scored four.
Community R-6, 7-10, and Paris, 2-15 overall, both conclude the Strugeon Tournament on Saturday.