It was a game that was close through the first three quarters but in the end the Flora Wolves weren’t able to catch the Paris Tigers in the Little Illini Conference Tournament.
The Tigers opened the game with a pair of three pointers before the Wolves could get on the board. They were able to put points up when Jordan Winka put in a three pointer from the right wing.
The Wolves were able to cut the game down to a one point lead with field goals by Chris Scott and Jeffrey Gaither to make it an 8-7 game.
After a two and a half minute offensive lull, the teams continued to trade points with Paris holding a 12-11 lead. The Wolves came back with a free throw by Owen Leib that tied the game and Jeffrey Gaither knocked down a three pointer to give the Wolves a 15-12 lead at the end of the quarter.
At the start of the second quarter, the Tigers hit a field goal that closed the gap down to a point. Three minutes and change ticked off the clock before the Tigers hit 1-2 free throws that tied the game at 15-15.
Chris Scott put the Wolves in the lead again with a field goal and a two point lead. Paris erased that margin as they hit a three pointer to take an 18-17 advantage.
Drew Woodrow put the Wolves back in front with a deuce and that was answered by Paris. Gaither hit is third triple of the first half but the Tigers followed with a three ball of their own for a 23-22 halftime lead.
The Tigers extended their lead to five points at the start of the third quarter with consecutive field goals. Gaither cut it back to a two point game as he hit a three pointer from the left side. Following a deuce by Paris, Gaither went long range again for a three ball that made it a 29-28 lead for the Tigers.
Paris got a field goal but Woodrow came back with a basket to keep it a one point advantage. Trevin Smith stepped behind the arc on the right side to put the Wolves in front 33-31.
Paris tied the game with a field goal and took the lead with a three pointer. Leib was able to tie the game back up by converting an old fashion three point play to make it a 36-36.
The Tigers followed Leib’s three point play with a field goal to hold a 38-36 lead into the fourth quarter.
Smith tied the game with a field goal to start the fourth quarter. Paris came back with two straight field goals. Smith and Gaither tied the score for the Wolves with consecutive baskets. The Tigers then ran off nine straight points that gave them a 51-42 advantage.
The Wolves stopped the run with a basket by Smith and the Wolves went into clock stopping mode.
Paris cashed in by making 4-6 free throws to finish off the 55-44 win.
The loss put the Wolves on the consolation side of the bracket where they took on Newton last night. Another loss for the Wolves would eliminate them from the LIC Tournament.
Paris 55, Flora 44
Flora (44) Smith 3-1-0-9; Carder 1-0-0-2; Woodrow 2-0-0-4; Winka 0-1-0-3; Leib 1-0-2-4; Gaither 3-4-0-18; Moses 0-0-0-0; Scott 2-0-0-4; Totals 12-6-2-44.
Paris (55) 16-5-8-55.