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.
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.