Panola 2

Bulldogs use 3s to win a 3 seed over KC, 72-66

Threes made the difference in the battle between Navarro and Kilgore for the No. 3 seed in the Region XIV Tournament. Both teams entered the final regular season game with identical records overall and in league play, but the Bulldogs were able to take the stakes by shooting 50 percent beyond the perimeter in a 72-66 win.
The Bulldogs (21-8/13-6) hit 9-of-18 from the floor and always seemed to have an answer every time Kilgore tried to chip into a lead.
Trey Young scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and was 4-of-7 from deep after the break.
Two free throws from Shaq Keith and a spin-and-finish by Jonathan Milligan helped the Rangers cut Navarro’s lead to 37-36 with 14:17 remaining. NC responded with an 11-2 run, highlighted by three triples from Young.
After Navarro built its lead to 54-50, Kilgore got a three from Jaleel Wheeler to set off a 7-2 spurt. A pull-up three by Wheeler with 7:47 left trimmed the Bulldogs’ advantage to 54-50.
Navarro was up 58-51 when Keith hit four consecutive free throws with 4:48 to play before a three by NC’s Chris Boleware, who finished with a team-high 15 points and five assists.
The Rangers got the deficit as close as three — 63-60 with 2:49 remaining on Milligan’s running teardrop, but Young responded with his final three of the game.

REGION XIV BASKETBALL STANDINGS
Including Results From Saturday, Feb. 28
Final, Regular Season

REGION XIV EAST
Team                          All       Conf
TVCC                             27-3      17-2
Navarro                         21-8      13-6
Kilgore                          20-9      12-7
Tyler                             20-9      10-9
Paris                             15-14      6-13
Panola                          7-22       2-17
Bossier Parish            4-24       1-18

REGION XIV SOUTH
Team                            All        Conf
San Jacinto                   26-4      17-2
Angelina                        20-9      12-7
Blinn                              22-8      12-7
Lamar-PA                     19-11     10-9
Jacksonville                 18-11      8-11
Lee                                 14-16     7-12
Coastal Bend                11-16     6-13

FINAL REGULAR-SEASON RESULTS FEBRUARY 28
Navarro 72, Kilgore 66
TVCC 81, Paris 69
Panola 82, Bossier Parish 70
San Jacinto 96, Lee 77
Angelina 85, Lamar State-Port Arthur 66
Blinn 68, Coastal Bend 50