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Dogs knock down No. 6 Trinity Valley in OT, 74-70

ATHENS — Navarro basketball coach Michael Landers NEVER loses at Trinity Valley’s Cardinal Gym.  Women’s games, or now, men’s games.

Landers picked up a significant personal victory Wednesday during the Bulldogs’ 74-70 win over sixth-ranked Trinity Valley, but it far more significant to his Navarro basketball team as they continue to win the close ball games.

Navarro is 16-8 overall and an amazing 10-4 now in two-possession games — a mark

The Bulldogs’ second straight conference win improved their league mark to 9-4 as well as signaling that Region XIV East Zone may very well be developing into that typically tough, grinding fight to the finish.

The overtime victory plunged the zone into a battle in which four teams are separated by two games in the standings with six more games remaining in a second round of regular season zone play.  Kilgore and TVCC stand at 11-2; Paris, the Bulldogs’ opponent Saturday, is 10-2; and the Bulldogs are 9-4.

NC handed the Cardinals their only homecourt conference loss Wednesday, and anticipates a battle Saturday against the Dragons to maintain its own perfect conference home record.

Navarro and Trinity Valley were tied at 58 at the end of regulation. The Bulldogs, which connected on 11-of-15 free throws, opened up as much as a six-point lead during the extra period.

Jamar Goodwin led NC Wednesday with 17 points, while Cris Boleware and Troy Jones each pitched in 10.