Paris, Texas ? The Panola College men?s basketball team traveled here Wednesday evening and defeated Paris Junior College, 69-68. Winners of four straight, the Ponies improve their record to 17-7 and 9-4 in Region 14 play. ?Our thought our guys handled adversity well all night. That is such a tough place today and we responded all night.? Head Coach Grant McMillan mentioned.
Panola found themselves down by nine early 27-16 with just under 10 minutes remaining in the half. The Ponies eventually took a three point lead but couldn?t maintain the lead and were down 38-36 at intermission. The second half neither team took a lead of more than five points. Devyn Wilson hit a three in the corner to take a 69-66 lead with 2:04 remaining in the game. Paris responded with a layup the pursuing possession. Neither team scored the final 1:31 of the game. Paris had a chance to score with 10.4 seconds in the game but didn?t get a shot off.
TJ Killings came off the bench and led the Ponies offensively with 16 points. Killings hit four 3 pointers on the evening. Wilson added 13 points and Eric Mcgill chipped in with 11. The trio of Tope Arikawe, Bryson Lockley and KJ Byers combined for 25 rebounds. Panola netted 12 three pointers on the night and as a team they only had nine turnovers.
Panola continues Region 14 play this upcoming Saturday when they head to Corsicana to take on Navarro College. Tip-off is set for 4:00 P