Sophomores Jamar Goodwin and Shannon Lilly each pitched in 13 points and Navarro’s 27-of-35 free-throw shooting was a difference maker in the Bulldogs’ 69-68 Region XIV men’s basketball victory Saturday over the Tyler Apaches.
Coach Michael Landers’ Bulldogs (15-8 / 8-4) had to overcome 34 percent shooting from the field against TJC, and rallied from as much as a seven-point deficit to win.
At one late stage, NC was 24-of-27 from the foul line. The Bulldogs managed to get some necessary final-minute free throws from Lilly, Cris Boleware, Toney Foster and Troy Jones to subdue TJC.
Down 24-16 during the first half, it was Lilly who gave Navarro a spark with eight unanswered points that included a pair of three-pointers and brought NC into a tie.
Tyler, playing without freshman Dominique Shaw, got 26 points from guard Todd Eaglin, 11 from Tyler Moore and 9 from Vamba Donzo’s perimeter shooting. The Apaches (11-9 / 4-8) lost for their seventh time in their last 10 games and fell to 1-5 in games decided by two possessions.
With 14:29 left, Navarro went on an unanswered run of nine points to erase a 44-38 Apache lead. TJC’s last lead occurred at 8:05 (51-49), when Boleware sank a pair of free throws. Goodwin hit two go-ahead free shots on the next trip, and Neville Fincher cashed a Toney Foster steal and assist into points for a lead NC never relinquished.
Goodwin’s 6 rebounds shared team-high honors with Troy Jones, who battled for 12 points despite a subpar 4-for-15 shooting performance inside. Foster came off the bench to score all 10 of his points during the second half and came up big in the critical five minutes.
NAVARRO 69, TYLER 68
NAVARRO: Jamar Goodwin 13, Shannon Lilly 13, Troy Jones 12, Toney Foster 10, Cris Boleware 8, Neville Fincher 6, Duan Wright 3, Khory Ross 2, Jaleel Cousins 2. TOTALS: 12-6-(27-35)-69.
TYLER: Todd Eaglin 26, Tyler Miller 11, Faith Pope 9, Vamba Donzo 9, Jon Alexander 5, Japhet Davis-Sophus 3, Levi Yancy 2, Chuka Eneh 2, Ravaughn Gayle 1. TOTALS: 16-6-(18-25)-68.