Navarro basketball concluded a successful two-win weekend at The 7th Annual Lewis Orr Classic with wins Friday over Fort Hood (86-77) and Saturday over Cy Fair Learning Center (97-78) at the Wolens SEC.
Coach Michael Landers’ Bulldogs remain unbeaten after five games, and are off to the program’s best start since the 2009-2010 season.
In Saturday’s dominating win over CFLC, the Bulldogs shot 44.7 percent of their 85 shots from the floor, placed five in double-figure scoring for the second straight outing, and cleared a whopping 65 rebounds. Of the Bulldogs’ 65 boards, 26 were of the offensive variety.
Navarro got double-doubles from freshmen Keion Epps and Darron Barnes, Epps, from Inkster, Mi., totaled 19 points and a team-high 20 rebounds with four blocked shots — all coming during one sequence of second-half action. Of his 20 boards, 13 were offensive.
Barnes, who had scored a total 17 points in his first four games, responded with an 18-point, 19-rebound contest.
Emmanuel Egbuta pumped in 16 points from 6-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds for the Bulldogs, which battled from behind to take a 51-49 halftime lead they never relinquished.
Jahlil Nails added 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting that included 3-of-6 firing from beyond the perimeter.
Kahssian Kay, a Philadelphia freshman, hit 10 points, grabbed three rebounds and issued six assists.
Navarro next plays Region V’s Southwestern Christian Rams at 5 pm Friday in first-round action of the Cardinal Classic at Trinity Valley in Athens.
NAVARRO 97, CY FAIR LEARNING CENTER 78
Score By Halves
Navarro 51 46 — 97
CFLC 49 29 — 78
NAVARRO: Keion Epps 19, Darron Barnes 18, Emmanuel Egbuta 16, Jahlil Nails 14, Kahssian Kay 10, Odessey Keeling 9, Dondre Griffin 8, Trey Pulliam 3. TOTALS: (34-73)-(4-12)-(17-28)-97.
NAVARRO 86, FORT HOOD 77
Score By Halves
Navarro 46 40 — 86
Fort Hood 39 38 — 77
NAVARRO: Kahssian Kay 14, Trey Pulliam 13, Jahlil Nails 11, Keion Epps 11, Odessey Keeling 10, Emmanuel Egbuta 9, Dondre Griffin 8, Darron Barnes 5, Jacob Shields 4, Kelvon Fuller 1. TOTALS: (28-50)-(7-27)-(9-16)-86.