Basketball bids for 10th win Tuesday to close semester

The Navarro Bulldogs try to close their fall semester on a positive note Tuesday when they host the Louisiana Christian Prep Academy Disciples in a 7 pm non-conference game at the Wolens Center.

Coach Michael Landers’ Bulldogs (9-2/2-1) will be searching for their 10th win in 12 outings.

Navarro is coming off a streaky 69-65 conference win here Wednesday over the Lamar State-Port Arthur Seahawks. Jahlil Nails returned to the court after injury and a five-game absence to pump in a game-high 23 points that featured 6-of-8 shooting beyond the three-point arc.  Freshman Kelvon Fuller turned in a personal-high double-double with 20 points from 8-of-9 shooting inside, plus 10 rebounds.

The Bulldogs, which improved to 6-1 at the Wolens Center this season, had runs of 23, 7 and 10 points, while the Seahawks countered with unanswered runs of 14, 11, and 10 and kept the pressure on Navarro. LSC-PA hit its first two baskets and took a 5-0 lead, but went pointless for almost 10 minutes in the first half.  Nevertheless, the Seahawks battled to tie the game at 59 with 2:47 left.

Coach Malcolm Orgeron’s Louisiana Christian Post-Grad club has a 9-12 record.  The Disciples recently spoiled the Bossier Parish Tournament by beating the host Cavaliers (9-2/3-0) 83-73 in first-night action.  Louisiana Christian’s also beaten Western Oklahoma State College (82-71), Northwestern State University’s JV (75-68) and lost on the road (85-79) to a 10-4 Clarendon College team that currently is an unbeaten co-leader in Region V WJCAC play.

After Tuesday’s game, the Bulldogs will disperse for the Christmas holidays and begin to re-assemble for workouts at the Wolens Center during the last week of 2017.

Navarro ushers in 2018 with a game here January 2 against IQ Hoops that signals the re-launch into the Region XIV grind.  A grind it will be because the Bulldogs will face four Region XIV South Zone foes within a 10-day span. The formidable lineup of Angelina, Jacksonville, Lee and Blinn will require new focuses and different preparations as the Bulldogs complete the crossover portion of their league schedule.