The non-conference preliminaries of November are over.
The long grind of a Region XIV basketball season begins this week.
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.
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.