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Vikings hold off Paris 68-64

Feb. 6—West Vigo put together a couple of short rallies in the fourth quarter of an interstate high school basketball game Tuesday night in the Jim Mann Green Dome and the Vikings held off stubborn Paris 68-64.

In a game with three ties and 12 lead changes, the Vikings found themselves trailing 42-41 heading into the last eight minutes.

But a 7-0 run gave West Vigo a little breathing room at 51-45, and a 5-for-6 free throw performance increased a 62-60 lead to 67-60 in the last minute. A 3-pointer by Jackson Rigdon cut the lead to 67-64, but with 1.4 seconds left, and Landon Fields hit a clinching free throw.

"Offensively, there were moments when we seemed to play a little bit better," said coach Joe Boehler of the Vikings, who had lost two in a row. "Defensively we really struggled."

"We played well and we played hard," said coach Chase Brinkley of the Tigers, "and we attacked the offensive glass, which was something we've worked on. We played inside-out better than we have all year."

Paris had two go-to scorers Tuesday, with Drew Rogers scoring 17 in the first half and Jackson Rigdon 19 in the second half. But West Vigo had consistent production from Zeke Tanoos, who finished with a game-high 31 points and in the fourth quarter scored 12 without missing a shot.

"That's what a four-year starter is supposed to do," Boehler said.

"He played great offensively."

The Tigers didn't come into the game with a sparkling record, and West Vigo cruised to a quick 11-5 lead. But that was the last time the game looked like it might be easy.

Paris put together a 7-0 run in the second period to take a 23-22 lead. The Tigers might have had a two-score lead at halftime, but Tanoos stole the ball for a game-tying layup when the visitors were working for a last shot.

Again in the third quarter West Vigo opened a little daylight, starting the second half with a 9-3 run, but seven straight Paris points put the visitors up 40-39. After a basket by Tanoos, Tiger reserve Ty King hit a pair of free throws to give his team the lead at the third stop.

Talan Boehler opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer, and Rigdon matched that for Paris. But that was the last lead for the visitors as Tanoos got two baskets and Garrett Pugh a basket and a free throw.

Fields and Talan Boehler had 11 points each and Pugh nine points and a team-high eight rebounds to complement Tanoos. Rigdon had 22 points (and matched Pugh for game-high rebound honors despite being listed at 5-foot-10 and probably being the lightest player on the floor) and Rogers 19 for Paris, with Payton Lankster chipping in with 10.

"We've had trouble staying connected," Brinkley said in summing up the Paris season. "When things go down, we all go down. And we've struggled putting the ball in the basket."

The good things Tuesday night gave him hope, the Paris coach added. "I think we can be a tough out [a month from now in the state tournament]."

Coach Boehler had a different hope.

"I wish we had more consistency," he said, "but for some reason we don't."

PARIS (64) — Dr.Rogers 8-14 0-0 19, Staley 0-5 0-0 0, Eastham 3-5 1-3 7, Lankster 4-8 2-2 10, Rigdon 8-16 0-0 22, Blair 0-0 0-0 0, King 1-2 4-4 6, Da.Rogers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-50 FG, 7-9 FT, 64 TP.

WEST VIGO (68) — Tanoos 12-18 6-7 31, Boehler 3-8 3-6 11, Pugh 4-10 1-2 9, Fields 3-8 3-4 11, Smith 1-3 0-0 2, Chambers 0-2 0-0 0, Easton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-50 FG, 13-19 FT, 68 TP.

Paris 12 16 14 22 — 64

West Vigo 16 12 13 27 — 68

3-point shooting — Paris 9-21 (6-10, Dr.Rogers 3-7, Staley 0-3, King 0-1), WV 5-16 (Boehler 2-3, Fields 2-5, Tanoos 1-2, Pugh 0-2, Smith 0-2, Chambers 0-2). Total fouls — Paris 13, WV 10. Fouled out — none. Turnovers — Paris 9, WV 5. Rebounds — Paris 28 (Rigdon 8, Eastham 6, Dr.Rogers 4, Staley 4, Lankster, Blair, King, Team 3), WV 31 (Pugh 8, Tanoos 6, Fields 5, Chambers 4, Team 8). Assists — Paris 14 (Dr.Rogers 3, Staley 3, Rigdon 3, Lankster 2, King 2, Eastham), WV 11 (Tanoos 3, Fields 3, Smith 2, Chambers 2, Boehler). Steals — Paris 3 (Dr.Rogers, Staley, Eastham), WV 7 (Tanoos 2, Pugh 2, Boehler, Fields, Smith). Blocks — Paris 5 (Eastham 3, Dr.Rogers, Blair), WV 2 (Fields).

JV — West Vigo 55 (Blake Hann 20, Gavin Deighton 15, Tommy Roberts 10), Paris 45 (Carter Crippes 14, Dawson Rogers 12).

Next — West Vigo (9-10) plays Friday at Terre Haute South. Paris (6-20) is at Mt. Carmel that night.