Arguably the best junior college men’s basketball classic in the state this weekend — The Lewis Orr Classic — concludes Saturday with four quality programs from Region XIV and V going head-to-head at The Wolens Special Events Center.
Today, coach Kris Baumann’s No. 2 ranked Trinity Valley Cardinals (6-1) meets Kirby Johnson’s high-scoring Temple Leopards (3-2) at 2 pm, followed by a second meeting this week between coach Michael Landers’ Navarro Bulldogs (4-1) and coach Kevin Gill’s 20th-ranked McLennan Highlanders at 4 pm.
On Friday, Region XIV teams won their matchups with their counterparts. In the opener, Trinity Valley took the measure of McLennan 76-66 and handed the Highlanders their first loss of the season. In the second game, Navarro outscored Temple, 100-96, in a game played at frantic pace.
Navarro held on four its win as Cris Boleware scored 21 points, including 10-of-11 free-throws and sank his final 2 with :02.1 left to ice the win over TC.
Boleware totaled 16 points during the second half.
One year ago, it was Boleware who raced cross-length and hit a three-point, buzzer beater to knock off the Leopards 83-82 in the Orr Classic.
Unofficially, Boleware also had 5 assits, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in the come-from-behind win.
Sophomore Wayne Martin had his third double-double in five games this season. He finished with an individual single-game high 30 points and an unofficial total of 11 rebounds. The sophomore transfer scored 18 points during the second half.
DaShawn Robinson drilled 16 points, including his three three-point attempts. Unofficially, the Houston sophomore had 4 assits and 3 rebounds. Freshman Brian Long was a fourth Bulldogs in double-figure scoring, with 13 points and 4 assists.
Navarro led at half, 47-43. Both teams held 10 points during each half.
NC held a 97-96 lead after free-throws by Temple’s Marcus Frazier at 1:07. Byron Smith was fouled during a mad scramble for a loose basketball and connected on one-of-two tries to expand Navarro’s lead (98-96) with :30.3 to play.
Temple got off two good looks during its finsl possession. Frazier missed a short runner along the baseline. With :10 remaining, Cole Price used a screen and misfired a three from baseline right. Boleware was fouled during a wild scramble for the basketball and sank the game-winning free-throws.
NC hit 24-of-33 foul shots in the game; Temple connected on 38-of-45 from the line. Two Temple players fouled out of the game and two other Leopards finished the game with four fouls. Meanwhile, Navarro had five players competing with four personal fouls each at game’s end.
McLennan: Rashaan Surles 0 1-2 1; Jalen Jones 5 9-11 19; James Harrison 2 0-0 4; Alex Mills 3 0-0 7; Ricardo Artis 6 7-10 19; Jeff Beverly 1 6-9 8; Ben Brown-White 1 0-0 2; Aundre Jackson 3 0-1 6; Totals: 21 23-33 66.
Trinity Valley: Clarence Williams 2 3-4 7; Melvin Swift 2 1-2 7; Dedrick Basile 8 3-4 23; Sheldon Hagigal 3 3-4 10; Aldonis Foote 0 1-2 1; Preston Anderson 1 0-0 3; Jhaustin Thomas 6 0-0 12; Devante Jackson 2 1-4 5; Nic Brown 3 1-3 7; Totals: 27 14-25 76.
3-pointers: McLennan 1 (Mills 1), Trinity Valley 6 (Basile 3, Swift 2, Hagigal 1); Total fouls: McLennan 21, Trinity Valley 25; Fouled out: Trinity Valley (Thomas, Brown); Halftime score: Trinity Valley 39, McLennan 29; Record: McLennan 6-1.