Saintamand, Hunter spark NC’s 2 wins in the Lewis Orr Classic

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.