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Region XIV Roundup Jan. 31: Lee-JBC game postponed

By MIKE MONTFORT   

Tuesday’s scheduled Region XIV men’s basketball game between Lee and Jacksonville at Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse ended before it started.

A shattered backboard and broken rim during pre-game warmups ended the evening’s proceedings.  The teams are planning to reschedule the game Monday, Feb. 21.

Lee v Jacksonville

Equipment malfunction at Jacksonville prompts game rescheduling with Lee College. (Photo courtesy of Larry Cooper, Cooper Sports Network)

Three conference contests in January have been re-scheduled.  Travel concerns at night with wintry weather prompted a change of the Blinn-at-Kilgore matchup to January 23.  Two days later, Blinn’s anticipated trip to Beeville to face Coastal Bend was changed because of a water-main break within the city of Beeville.

No doubt it’s been a strange season.

Five critical Region XIV games dot Wednesday’s short schedule.

Unbeaten, second-ranked San Jacinto-Central (21-0/10-0) plays at Lamar State-Port Arthur, where the Seahawks (12-8/3-8) have lost five of their last seven contests, but are 9-5 at the Carl Parker Center.

Panola (14-8/6-4) tries to strengthen its hold on third place in the East Zone, when it travels to Kilgore to face the Rangers (12-8/3-7), who have lost five of their last seven games.  The Ponies and Rangers, two of the East’s three best in scoring defense, meet at Masters Gym where KC is 9-2.  Each of these squads has played seven two-possession contests this year (both with 4-3 records in those games).

Blinn (13-7/4-6), coming off an overtime win Monday in its make-up at Coastal Bend, treks to Lufkin to face the challenge of the Angelina Roadrunners (15-6/7-3).  AC, trying to remain within some hailing distance of San Jacinto, has won five of its last seven.  The Buccaneers, trying to emerge from a fourth-place deadlock with Jacksonville, have won four of their last six.

In other games, Navarro (10-10) is at Tyler to face Mike Marquis’ co-zone-leading Apaches (17-2/9-2), who are coming off their second loss of the year at Panola on Saturday.  Fourth-place Paris, surging with wins in seven of its last 10,  travels to Bossier Parish and meet a dqngerous Cavalier squad that’s dropped five of seven and 10 of 14.

LINKS:

Exp Reg XIV and V MBB Standings 2016-2017 (Feb 1, 2017)

2016-17 Region XIV and V MBB Team by Team Schedules Feb 1, 2017