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Whitehead’s 25, Martin’s double lift NC over Jags, 90-89

By MIKE MONTFORT      (Photos by Keith Speer)    —

JACKSONVILLE — Sophomore Tyler Whitehead hit a personal-season high 25 points and Jamar Martin produced his fourth double-double this month as the Navarro Bulldogs edged Jacksonville 90-89 Tuesday at Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse.

Navarro won its third straight game, its second Region XIV Conference crossover, and its first league contest on the road.  The Bulldogs also snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Jaguars, who were one of four unbeaten Texas Junior College basketball teams heading into play Tuesday.

Whitehead’s 25 came from 6-of-9 shooting, and included 13-of-16 free throws.  The 6-foot-4, Brooklyn, NY, sophomore transfer from Midland also added two rebounds and three steals.

Martin sank 16 points and cleared a team-high 12 rebounds to record his fourth double-double of the season.  He’s also had double-doubles against ProVision, the Texas Riders and Temple this season.  His 12-rebound game was a personal- and team-high for the year, coming off a persona-l and team-high 26-point, 6-steal effort against San Jacinto.

Sophomore transfer guard Conrad Chambers responded with 10 points, four rebounds and five assists for the Bulldogs, which had a 40-32 lead at halftime.

Keir and Calvin Anderson each netted eight points.  Jalen Jackson added six points from 3-of-4 shooting.  Before fouling out, Eric McCullom contributed six points, four rebounds and two blocked shots.

Navarro hit a season-low 3-of-19 from three-point range, but compensated inside the arc where they hit 57% (26-of-45).  Led by Whitehead’s 13-of-16, Navarro availed itself of 29-of-40 free-throw opportunities (72.5%).

The Bulldogs trailed 74-71 with 4:32 left, but rallied for an 85-81 lead that they never relinquished.

Coach Michael Landers’ Bulldogs play a non-conference game Saturday at 4 pm at Terrell against the Southwestern Christian Rams.

For a Region XIV men’s basketball update from Tuesday night, see additional story on this webpage.

NAVARRO (90): Tyler Whitehead 25, Jamar Martin 16, Conrad Chambers 10, Keir Anderson 8, Calvin Anderson 8, Jalen Jackson 6, Eric McCullom 6, Neek Mukoro 4, Nate Bethel 3, Saint Hilaire 2, Kaelin Love 2.  TOTALS: (29-54)-(3-19)-(29-40)-90.

Halftime: Navarro 40, Jacksonville 32
Foul Out: McCullom
Rebound Leaders: Martin 12, McCullom 4, K Anderson 4, Hilaire 4, Bethel 4, Chambers 4, Mukoro 3.
Assist Leaders: Chambers 5, Hilaire 3, K Anderson 2, C Anderson 2, Mukoro 2.
Steal Leaders: Whitehead 3, Martin 3, C Anderson 2.