By MIKE MONTFORT
Navarro’s Bulldogs (21-9/14-5) qualified for the March 4-8 Region XIV Men’s Basketball Tournament as the No. 5 seed and will play 12th-seeded Angelina (11-19/5-14) at 3 pm Tuesday at the Louise Herrington Patriot Center on the UT-Tyler campus.
Navarro’s 61-55 win over Trinity Valley completed a sweep and vaulted the Bulldogs past Kilgore into the No. 5 seed it has enjoyed throughout previous post-season runs that resulted in trips to the NJCAA Tournament at Hutchinson, Ks.
NC defeated Angelina, 68-66, at Shands Gymnasium in Lufkin on January 11 — the team’s only meeting this season.
Four first-round tournament games are set Tuesday, and Navarro’s game against coach Todd Neighbors’ Roadrunners will be the second on the docket. The contest schedule includes:
TUESDAY, MARCH 4
1 pm — #8 Blinn (17-13) v. #9 Tyler (14-13) Winner meets #1 seed Paris in 1 pm Thursday quarterfinals
3 pm — #5 Navarro (21-9 v #12 Angelina (11-19) Winner meets #4 seed LSC-PA in 3 pm Thursday quarterfinals
6 pm — #7 Lee (19-11) v. #10 Jacksonville (11-19) Winner meets #2 seed TVCC in 6 pm Thursday quarterfinals
8 pm — #6 Kilgore (23-5) v #11 Panola (12-18) Winner meets #3 seed San Jacinto in 8 pm Thursday quarterfinals
Men’s semifinals are scheduled at 6 pm and 8 pm Friday. The men’s championship game will be at 8 pm Saturday.
Tickets are available at the gate at $6 for adults and $3 for students per session. Tournament passes are $25 each. Children under 10 are admitted free. There are no advance ticket sales.
Fans may park free in Lot 15 on the UT-Tyler campus.
For more information on the Region XIV Tournament, you may access Region 14 Hoops