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Conference play approaches after Bulldogs’ 115-69 win

The non-conference preliminaries of November are over.

The long grind of a Region XIV basketball season begins this week.

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Javier Roper (Keith Speer photo)

Navarro (7-2) won its sixth straight game Sunday with production from all 14 players suited out in a decisive 115-69 win over the Texas Riders — an East Texas area squad the Bulldogs beat by 16 points a week ago at the TVCC Classic in Athens.

NC got a game-high 26 points from D’Angelo Hunter and led five in double-figure scoring.  Following him were Calvin Anderson with 13, Clyde Saintamand with 12, and 10 each from Randall Broddie and Greg Rollins-Jones.

The Bulldogs quickly worked off any Thanksgiving excesses as they cruised to a 63-31 halftime lead, matching their largest scoring half of the season.

Hunter totalled 20 of Navarro’s first 43 points by the 6:50 mark. He accounted for six of the Bulldogs’ 13 three-pointers in the game.  The 6-foot-7 West Virginia pledge hit 6-of-10 treys, including 5 of his first 7 attempts.

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Clyde Saintamand (Keith Speer photo)

Hunter now has scored in double figures in all nine Navarro games and posted 20-point-plus totals in four.

Anderson, who signed with Louisiana-Monroe,  swished 4-of-5 from beyond the circle and cracked double-digit scoring for the fourth straight outing.

Coach Michael Landers’ Bulldogs travel to Pasadena Wednesday for their first Region XIV zone crossover matchup against unbeaten San Jacinto-Central.  The game likely will be the last between NC and SJC-Central played at Anders Gymnasium.  SJC recently voted to discontinue basketball, volleyball and soccer programs after the 2017-18 season.