Cardinals keep zone lead by turning back NC, 83-66

Cardinals keep zone lead by turning back NC, 83-66

ATHENS — Sophomores Damari Parris and Andres Ibarguen each had double-doubles and TVCC hit 24-of-25 free throws in its Region XIV men’s basketball win Saturday over Navarro at Cardinal Gym.

Parris had 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Ibarguen totaled 10 points with a team-high 14 boards as the East-Zone-leading Cardinals won their 10th league game in 11 outings and improved to 19-3 overall.  Baylor sophomore transfer Wendell ‘Chucky’ Mitchell added 18 points, seven rebounds and nine assists for coach Guy Furr’s Redbirds.


Odessey Keeling works past a Blinn defender.

The deeper Trinity Valley club used its size to advantage and outrebounded the Bulldogs by a 47-26 measure.

Navarro, which hadn’t played in a week, slipped to 15-5 overall and 6-4 in conference play despite a team-high 16 points from sophomore Jahlil Nails and 14 apiece from Dondre Griffin and Odessey Keeling.  The Bulldogs battled from a 10-0 deficit to start the game, pulled within 40-38 by halftime and assumed a short-lived 43-42 advantage early in the second half.

Elsewhere in Region XIV basketball Saturday:

Blazing starts by leading scorer Brian Warren and 6-7 freshman forward Micah Thomas propelled the Apaches to an easy win over Panola at Wagstaff Gym.  TJC sprang to a 22-3 lead as the Apaches missed only two shots during the first 10 minutes of the game. Warren, a 5-11 sophomore point guard, hit a game-high 27 points from 11-of-13 shooting that included 5-of-6 from three-point range.  Thomas contributed 3-of-4 three-pointers during the explosive start that snowballed into a 53-31 halftime advantage.  Freshman guard Cameron Johnson came off the bench with 16 points for the Apaches, which hit 48.1% of their three-pointers (13-of-27) in the game.  Panola, playing without sophomore guards Marlon Taylor and TJ Killings, got a team-high 10 points from four sources: 6-4 sophomore guard Juwan Williams, 6-1 freshman guard Tylan Dean, 5-9 freshman guard Jaronde Boyd and 6-7 freshman forward Nate Brooks.

Sophomore Rashon Thomas dropped a game-high 35 points as the Cougars pulled back to .500 on the season and handed the Ravens their fifth loss in the last seven games.  Malik Amos poured in 27 and DaJuan Madden tallied 25 for CBC.  San Jacinto hit 52.4% from the floor (44-of-84) with 10 three-pointers in the game.  Sophomore guards Kabir Mohammed and Lester Hamrick each pitched in 18 points and led six Ravens in double-figure scoring.  Mohammed grabbed eight rebounds to go with his 7-of-11 shooting performance.  Leon Sneed added 16 points from 8-of-12 shooting and dished out five assists. Arizona State sophomore transfer Jethro Tshisumpa-Mbiya put in 13 points and blocked five shots.  The teams battled to a 55-55 halftime tie.

Markquez Houston hit tying and game-winning free-throws at :05.4 as the South Zone-leading Buccaneers rallied for a fourth straight win. Blinn erased a six-point Seahawks’ lead (52-46) during the final 4:37, finally reclaiming a 55-54 lead with 0:51 left when 6-3 sophomore guard Antione Lister hit a trey. Houston led Blinn scorers with 16 and Lister pumped in 13.  LSC-PA led 56-55 when Houston cashed in on free throws after a blocking foul called on Lamar’s 6-7 forward Rodney Brown.  Following Houston’s conversions, the Seahawks pushed the ball into the frontcourt and called timeout with :03.1 left.  Sophomore guard Jose Miguez got a look from the right top of the key, but his shot rimmed out.  Lamar State, now 1-6 in games decided by six points or less this season, dropped its fifth in its last seven contests.

The Roadrunners outscored Lee 22-2 during the game’s telltale first 11 minutes.  Freshman forward Jay Head led Angelina with 19 points from 7-of-12 shooting.  Gilbert Thomas came off the bench with 12 points and eight rebounds, while 6-7 freshman forward Isaac Beal made the most of 11 minutes off the bench with 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots.  Lee hit 34.3% from the floor, including 7-of-31 three-pointers and also missed 10 free throws.  The Rebels got 14 points and 11 rebounds from Shawn Montague and 14 points apiece from sophomore guards J’Von McCormick and Collin Means.

Leon Redd drilled a game-high 24 points and carried Paris during a second half in which the Dragons nailed 50 percent of their shots from the floor. With Kilgore leading 44-38 two minutes into the second half, Redd sank two triples, a layup and running jumper to highlight a 17-2 Paris run.  His jumper made it 13 unanswered for a 51-44 Dragon lead.  Kilgore battled back, and the game settled into a one-possession battle during the final 5:30. A layup by 6-2 sophomore guard Chad Bowie with :18 left pulled the Rangers within 73-71, but Redd knocked down two free throws inside the final :10 to secure the win.

Navarro               38    28   — 66
TVCC                   40    43   — 83
NAVARRO:  Nails 16, Griffin 14, Keeling 14, Egbuta 9, Patton 5, Pulliam 2, Epps 2, Thomas 2.  TOTALS:  (21-51)-(9-25)-(13-21)-66.
TVCC:  Parris 23, Mitchell 18, Ibarguen 10, Freeman 9, Roberson 6, Phillips 5, Miller 4, Mendoza 3, Echenique 3, Idehen 2.  TOTALS: (27-58)-(5-20)-(24-25)-83.
REBOUNDS: TVCC 47 (Ibarguen 14).  NC 26 (Egbuta and Epps, 6)
ASSISTS: TVCC 19  (Mitchell 9).  NC  12 (Patton 4)
STEALS:  TVCC 4  (Mitchell, Freeman).  NC 7  (Patton 3)
BLOCKED SHOTS:  TVCC 3  (Idehen).  NC  2  (Griffin and Egbuta).


Team     Conf / All

TVCC      10-1 / 19-3
Tyler        9-2 / 19-2
Paris        9-2 / 19-2
BPCC       7-3 / 14-6
Navarro  6-4 / 15-5
Panola    5-5 / 12-8
Kilgore   4-6 / 12-7
Team            Conf / All

Blinn                5-5 / 14-6
Angelina         4-6 / 12-9
Coastal Bend  4-7/ 9-9
Jacksonville   3-6 / 13-7
San Jacinto    2-7/10-10
Lamar-PA      2-8 / 8-12
Lee                  1-9 / 7-14

Tyler at Navarro, 7 pm
Jacksonville at Lee, 7 pm
Lamar State-Port Arthur at San Jacinto, 7 pm
Kilgore at Panola, 7 pm
Angelina at Blinn, 7:30 pm
Bossier Parish at Paris, 7:30 pm

Navarro at Kilgore, 4 pm
Trinity Valley at Tyler, 4 pm
Panola at Bossier Parish, 4 pm
Blinn at Jacksonville, 4 pm
Coastal Bend at Lamar State-Port Arthur, 4 pm
San Jacinto at Angelina, 4 pm
Paris at Jarvis Christian JV, Noon  (Non-Conference)