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March 11, 2014

REGION XIV TOURNAMENT: Burned by Dragons

TVCC falls in title game to Paris, 74-63

TYLER — The No. 8-ranked Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals tried to deliver the knockout blow early on, but the Paris Dragons battled back for the Region XIV title on Saturday.

When all was said and done, the Dragons defeated TVCC, 74-63, at UT-Tyler’s Herrington Patriot Center.

“Credit to them because they were the better team and they beat us two-out-of-three this year,” TVCC coach Kris Baumann said. “They had kids that made big shots and they stuck together. I thought it was a good basketball game and I just wish we would have played better tonight.”

With the loss, the Cardinals are now 27-6 and will be headed to the national tournament after receiving an at-large bid.

The Cardinals are the No. 12 seed in the national tournament March 17-22 in Hutchinson, Kan. It will be their first trip to Hutchinson since 1999 and fourth overall.

“I like the kids and I thought they did a good job. I am proud of the guys at 27-6 and I wish we could have sustained the momentum that we had early on but I am still proud of them,” Baumann said.

TVCC is scheduled to face Pratt Community College (Kan.) on Monday night.

In the loss on Saturday, the most glaring stat in the game was the Cardinals field goal shooting.

TVCC shot 22-of-79 from the field for 27.8-percent. They were four-of-20 from three-point range.

Baumann said once Paris made the switch in their game plan, the Cardinals had a hard time adjusting.

“We got off to a good start and we were up 11-2,” Baumann said. “They went to a zone on us and we acted like we had never seen it before.”

Paris was able to then go on a 15-4 run to take their first lead of the game at, 17-15, with 8:16 remaining.

The Dragons continued to hold the momentum the remainder of the first half as they went in with a 36-26 lead.

The Cardinals cut into the deficit and got to within, 36-30, as Octavius Ellis — who was selected to the all-tournament team — got the rebound and putback in the opening minutes  of the half.

“We got it to six and they made shots,” Baumann said. “Their guards really attack us and they had guys make shots from a lot of different spots.”

Ellis finished with a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds to go along with two blocks.

TVCC attempted one last run late in the game as Patrick Ingram got back-to-back offensive rebounds and putbacks to get them to within 66-57 with 2:48 remaining.

That would be the last time they would get within single digits the remainder of the game.

Dedrick Basile was also named to the all-tournament team as he recorded nine points to go with one rebound, two assists and one steal for the Cardinals.

Paris was led by Joe Haynes with 23 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals, while teammate Trevon Seymore added 15 points and seven rebounds off of the bench.

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