Basketball set for Riders, rematches in Orr Classic


Coach Michael Landers’ Navarro Bulldogs have struggled through three straight losses to Region V squads, but have a chance for a restart when they return to the Wolens Special Events Center for non-conference games Tuesday and in the two-day Lewis Orr Classic that begins Thursday.

The Bulldogs continue to play shorthanded for varying reasons, but figure to get some help before Tuesday’s 7 pm matchup with the Texas Riders.

NC had problems beyond traffic on Interstate 35 last week with losses to unbeaten at Temple (110-82) and at Hillsboro against McLennan (86-77) and Hill (88-81) during the Joe White Classic.

Perhaps Navarro’s road will be smoother and less problematic when coach Kirby Johnson’s Temple Leopards and coach Kevin Gill’s MCC Highlanders face the Bulldogs here in return matches on consecutive nights at the Orr Classic.

Hill won its fifth consecutive game Saturday as four players in double figure scoring, led by Michael Mayhew’s 18.  Devocio Butler and Joey Frenchwood each scored 17 and Brandon Jones added 16 for the Rebels.

Hill hit 10 -of-22 shots from three-point range and connected on 55.4% of its shots from the floor.

Navarro hit only 41.5% from the field and was outrebounded 34-29 in the contest.  Sophomore Jamar Martin and freshman Neek Mukoro each hit 17 points to pace the Bulldogs, which trailed 48-38 at halftime. Martin snagged eight rebounds; Mukoro made four steals.

Against MCC , Mukoro had a team-high 21 points and 5 assists.  Martin and freshman Saint Hilaire each fashioned 15 point, 7-rebound scorelines.