Navarro basketball secured two wins during the Lewis Orr Classic and prepares its focus for next weekend’s Trinity Valley Classic at Athens.
Coach Michael Landers’ Bulldogs improved to 3-2 overall with victories here Friday over Pro-Vision Prep Academy (98-85) and Saturday over Lone Star-Cy Fair (98-84).
The Bulldogs, averaging 90 points, continue to build with each outing as they ultimately work toward the fast-approaching start of the long Region XIV season on November 30 against San Jacinto-Central at Anders Gymnasium in Pasadena.
Immediate challenge ahead? Facing coach Herb Evans’ Southwestern Christian College Rams in a 6 pm Friday game at Cardinal Gym. Like Navarro, the 3-2 SwCC club averages about 96 points per outing with wins by eight points. The Rams have split a home-and-home non-conference series with a Southern-Shreveport Jaguar outfit that handed Hill (6-1) its only loss of the season (68-63). Also on their early forming resume is an eight-point loss to Tyler (89-81) at the Joe Fulce Classic in Wagstaff Gymnasium.
Positive results for NC came from the winning experience at the Orr Classic here last weekend.
FRIDAY / Navarro 98, Pro-Vision 85 (OT)
The Bulldogs trailed often by as many as 10 points, were fortunate to earn an overtime session, and then created some momentum for a 16-1 run during the first 4:21 of overtime to win.
Several stars emerged at critical junctures in this one.
Clyde Saintamand, who had scored a total of 28 points during Navarro’s first three games of the season, exploded for a personal single-season high 26 points from 9-of-11 shooting that also included four key offensive putbacks in the final 12 minutes.
Jordan Parker and Javier Roper came off the bench down the stretch and combined for 22 points, 9 rebounds, and three blocked shots. The two Louisiana players combined for 8-for-10 shooting from the floor.
West Virginia University signee D’Angelo Hunter finished with a nice line of 15 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal, despite struggling with his shooting. Nevertheless, Hunter’s second three-pointer gave Navarro its first lead (63-61) with 7:21 left in regulation.
NC shot 46.2 percent from the floor, 35 percent from the arc and connected on 31-of-41 free-throw attempts to help secure the victory.
SATURDAY / Navarro 98, Lone Star-Cy Fair 84
Navarro emerged from a 7-33 halftime lead and produced a 61-point second half against the Fighting Ducks.
Five Bulldogs netted double-figure scoring, led Saintamand and Hunter, who each had 21 points.
Saintamand, who went 10-of-15 from the floor, narrowly missed his first double-double. He had 9 rebounds, including six defensive.
Saint Hilaire constructed an unusual line: 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. His 18 points came from an economical 3-of-4 shooting from the field and a perfect dozen free-throw attempts. He also accounted for half of Navarro’s assists, while committing only three turnovers.
Randall Broddie and Parker each added 10 points, while Eric McCullom totaled six points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
The Bulldogs extended their second half lead to as much as 21 (90-69) with less than five minutes to play.