By MIKE PHILLIPS / Corsicana Sun
You didn’t need to ask Navarro Coach Michael Landers twice.
The question was simple, and the answer even better.
How many times has Navarro scored 100 points in a game this year?
Landers’ answer: “Not enough.”
Maybe that’s why Wednesday night’s 100-66 rout over Paris was so much fun for the Bulldogs. Or maybe it was the big crowd at the SEC? Or maybe it was the band — oh, the band.
It was a party. Right there in the middle of a basketball game, a party broke out. It got so bad that at one point in the second have the officials told the band to stop playing.
But no one cold stop the Dawgs from running. With or without the trumpets and tubas, Navarro just raced right by Paris all night.
OK, the Bulldogs have scored 100 six times this season, but this one had some bite, some last to it.
“We needed this,” he said. “This is one we can build on.”
The Bulldogs, who have had a tremendous season and are 16-5 and in second place in the Region XIV North race at 8-3, have had some bumps of late with two tough losses on the road — 67-52 at Tyler and 84-72 last week to Trinity Valley in Athens. Sandwiched between those two games was a heart-stopping 81-79 win over Bossier.
That’s why Landers was smiling after his team destroyed Paris.
“There are no easy games in the North,” Landers said. “Paris, they play hard, and they create some problems. They have been playing everyone real close.”
The Dragons never had a chance. Navarro took a 10-8 lead and quickly turned it into a 28-14 edge as DaShawn Robinson, who led Navarro with 20 points, hit a 3 with about eight minutes left in the half to give the Dawgs the 14-point lead. Ironically, that’s as close as Paris would get in the second half.
And Navarro just kept coming, scorching Paris 49-25 at the end of the half, and when the Dragons made their big run to close to 64-50 with 10:20 left in the game, Navarro simply hit the gas again.
“They got it down to 64-50,” Landers said. “And then we went on another run.”
That run didn’t stop until Anthony Williams hit a pair of free throws with 53 seconds left to give the Bulldogs a 100-65 lead.
“I don’t even know who our leading scorer was,” Landers said. We had a lot of people score, a lot of people contribute.”
A dozen Navarro players scored and of course just to make it fitting, William’s two free throws that hit the century make were his only two points of the game. Five Bulldogs scored in double figures in a game that felt like a NASCAR race all night — first man down the court gets the points.
Trey Young scored 13 from the guard spot and Maika Ostling and Jamar Martin each scored 12 inside while Anthony Sanders added 11 from outside. Robinson led the way with 20, and hit three of Navarro’s seven 3s. The Dawgs nailed 25 of 37 free throws.
It was that kind of night.
Landers hopes it will ignite his team for the stretch run.
“This right here will really build our confidence,” he said. “We have not played well since Christmas. I thought we really played good defensively in the first half and that created a lot of offense.”
It created a lot of excitement and with the band blasting and the large crowd rocking and the Dawgs running the gym sizzled with electricity.
It was Wednesday Night Madness.
“We’ve got four more Wednesday games here,” Landers said. “The band, the crowd … It’s going to be like this for the next four weeks. Anyone within 50 miles of here should want to be here for this.”
FREE THROWS: Until Wednesday, Navarro and Paris had played nine consecutive two-possession games in their series. They had played five consecutive contests settled by three points….The 34-point margin of victory against PJC was Navarro’s widest since the Wolens SEC opened in 1986-87. Each team had wins of 24 points (Paris, 97-73, at home in 2006-07, and Navarro, 86-62, at home in 1996-97)….Wednesday marked the first time Navarro or Paris had scored 100 in their matchups since Navarro’s 113-92 win in 1994-95….Coach Chuck Taylor’s Dragons lost their third straight, fifth in the last six games and dropped to .500 on the season (10-10)….Jamar Martin turned in his second double-double of the season and the team’s 11th with a 10-rebound game to match his 10 points. Curiously, his first double-double was a 10-10 against 903 Elite on January 3….Maika Ostling’s 12 points was his highest individual total since 23 in a 99-96 win over San Jacinto at Pasadena in November….DeShawn Robinson’s team-high 17 points came from 6-of-10 shooting from the floor. He also had five boards and four assists. It was his best output since pouring in 26 in an 84-81 win at Lee during the first semester…Cris Boleware had an individual-high 5 of the team’s total 21 assists….The Bulldogs try to maintain their grip on second place in the East Zone at 4 pm Saturday when they face the Panola Ponies at Carthage High School Gymnasium. Panola home games this season have been moved to Carthage High School with ongoing renovation of Arthur Johnson Gymnasium on campus.
Navarro 100, Paris 66
PARIS (66): Brandon Scott 24, Bradley Christian 10, Xavier Dupree 8, Joe Haynes 7, Brandon Hollins 7, Kalyl McGuire 2, Henoc Bienne 2, Marqueith Russell 2. TOTALS: 14-3-(29-39)-66.
NAVARRO (100): DaShawn Robinson 17, Trey Young 13, Maika Ostling 12, Anthony Sanders 11, Jamar Martin 10, Byron Smith 9, Cris Boleware 8, Brian Long 5, Tray Greenberry 5, Neville Fincher 3, AJ Williams 2, Sharif Owoyemi 2. TOTALS: 27-7-(25-37)-100.
REGION XIV EAST
Team All Conf
TVCC 20-3 10-2
Navarro 16-5 8-3
Tyler 16-5 7-5
Kilgore 14-7 6-5
Paris 10-10 2-9
Bossier Parish 4-16 1-10
Panola 5-16 0-11
REGION XIV SOUTH
Team All Conf
San Jacinto 17-4 9-2
Lamar-PA 17-5 8-3
Angelina 16-6 8-4
Blinn 15-6 6-5
Lee 12-10 5-6
Coastal Bend 9-9 5-6
Jacksonville 13-8 4-8
GAMES TUESDAY, JANUARY 27
Coastal Bend 96, Jacksonville 94 (OT)
GAMES WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28
Navarro 100, Paris 66
Tyler 87, Panola 54
TVCC 86, BPCC 65
Lamar-PA 85, San Jacinto 76
Angelina 89, Blinn 85
GAMES SATURDAY, JANUARY 31
Navarro at Panola, 4 pm
Tyler at Kilgore, 4 pm
Bossier Parish at Paris, 4 pm
Blinn at Lamar-PA, 4 pm
San Jacinto at Coastal Bend, 4 pm
Jacksonville at Lee, 6 pm