On Friday night, Coastal Bend College faced off against Paris Junior College, who came to town with a 13-0 record. The Dragons would start the contest shooting well and put the Cougars behind for the first few minutes. The Cougars would quickly claw their way into the game, as both teams would take turns holding the lead. As the first half was a battle that continued to go back & forth, Coastal Bend would manage to take a 41-37 led into intermission.
In the second half, Coastal Bend jumped out with an eight to two run, to take the lead 48-39. Paris Junior College would cut the lead and go on a run of their own to control a portion of the game. Scoring contributions from Dajuan Madden, Rashon Thomas and Malik Amos helped the Cougars stay in the ball game. Madden would make a go ahead layup with less than 30 seconds left in regulation to tie the game up at 77-77. Paris would end up re-taking the lead by hitting a three pointer jumper to go up 80-77. Coastal Bend hand one last hope with 8.7 seconds left as they took the ball across the timeline and called their final timeout. CBC Head Coach, Carliss Robinson drew up the perfect play to get Amos a good look from the corner. Amos' shot was true even with PJC defenders drapped around him as his three pointer sent the game into overtime knotted up at 80-80.
In overtime, Coastal Bend jumped out to a quick 10 point lead. The Cougars would hold on to the lead, to secure the victory, 95-90 over the Dragons; handing Paris Junior College their first loss of the season.
Madden finished the contest with 26 points to go along with 14 rebounds, six assists and five steals. Thomas, added 26 points to go with his six assists and three rebounds on the night, followed by Amos, who also added 26 points to the scorebook. CBC big man, Edmond Franklin continued to make his interior presence felt on the defensive side in the paint, by snagging 10 rebounds, blocking five shots while adding four points for the Cougars.
Carliss Robinson, CBC Men's Head Basketball Coach stated "Paris is a very good team and very well coached. I thought their guards hurt us with their penetration the first half and we gave up some transition baskets. I thought we did a better job the in transition defense during the second half of the game. We were able to get a better flow offensively in the second half as well. The team ball movement was a lot better."
Coach Robinson continued with "I think we executed our sets down the stretch and hit some big shots. We had the momentum going into overtime which really helped us. Paris is a tough team. They're probably playing the best in this region. I'm glad we were able pull out the win. This will definitely give us momentum headed into Monday's game, against Bossier Parish. I'm very proud of my guys, they fought hard throughout the game and showed a lot grit. We got down, stuck together and executed the game plan as a unit. This is a big team win, for us."
Coastal Bend moves up to seven wins with four losses on the season and a current record of two wins and two losses in Region XIV Conference play. CBC's next home basketball game will be against Kilgore College on Wednesday, January 10th for a conference game. Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM.