‘Dogs prepare for Wednesday battle here against Paris

‘Dogs prepare for Wednesday battle here against Paris

Navarro hosts the Paris Dragons for a 7 pm Wednesday Region XIV basketball game at the Wolens Special Events Center.

The Bulldogs (16-8/7-7) have five regular-season games to go and three of them are at home, so coach Michael Landers’ team hopes to protect home court and take advantage at a place where they have a 12-2 record this season.  Navarro is focusing on claiming a higher seed in the scramble for the upcoming Region XIV Tournament at Jacksonville ISD’s John Alexander Gymnasium.

NCBP 9Navarro suffered an 81-69 loss Saturday to the Panola Ponies at Carthage, and remain in a fifth-place tie with the Bossier Parish Cavaliers.  Keion Epps scored 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in Saturday’s loss, Navarro’s fifth in it last seven games.  While recording his fourth double-double of the season, Epps matched his single-game scoring high, first accomplished one week ago at Kilgore in the Bulldogs’ 84-81 overtime loss to the Rangers.

NC placed four in double-digit scoring.  Trey Pulliam had 15 points from 6-of-12 shooting, grabbed five rebounds, dished out five assists and made two steals Saturday.  Odessey Keeling and Dondre Griffin added 10 points apiece.  Jahlil Nails, who scored 40 against Panola in a 100-78 win in Corsicana, managed only six points Saturday.

Paris, on Saturday, fell from a second-place tie when it was humbled on The Hunt Center floor by league-leading Trinity Valley, 71-44.  Coach Bobby Taylor’s Dragons (21-4/10-4) were limited to their lowest single-game scoring output of the season — about half of their season-scoring average.  PJC comes to Corsicana on a two-game losing streak.

Saturday’s Region XIV results included:

TVCC 71, PARIS 44
Wendell Mitchell poured in 21 points, cleared nine rebounds, handed out eight assists, made four steals and blocked two shots as TVCC blitzed the Paris Dragons on The Hunt Center floor. The Cardinals won their fifth straight improved to 13-1 in conference play and opened up a two-game lead over second-place Tyler.  Paris trailed 34-16 at halftime and never got untracked.  The league-leading Cardinals hit 55.1% from the floor (27-of-49) and also hit 13-of-14 free throws.  Sophomore forward Andres Ibarguen  contributed a 10-point, 14-rebound effort and sophomore postman Jaime Echenique  came off the bench with 11 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.  With their second straight home loss, Paris dropped to third place in Region XIV East Zone.

NCBP 18TYLER 104, BOSSIER PARISH 75
Six Apaches crashed into double-figure scoring as Tyler handed the Cavaliers their seventh consecutive loss.  Sophomore point guard Brian Warren scored Tyler’s first eight points of the second half and finished with a team-high 18.  Tiandre Jackson connected for 16 points, including four three-pointers inside the final 11:42.  Tajuan Agee nailed 14 points with seven rebounds and seven assists.  Warren’s second-half spurt gave TJC a 57-50 lead.  Tyler went on two more notable runs during the second half – a 16-3 run widened a 63-59 led into a 79-62 advantage by the 7:16 mark.  During the final 4:32, the Apaches went on a strong 15-4 finish.  BPCC got 19 points from Desmond McDaniel  and 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists from Brandon Moore.

BLINN 85, SAN JACINTO 69
Blinn, winner of nine of its last 14 games, reached the .500 mark in conference play and took over sole possession of the South Zone leadership with its win over the Ravens at the Kruze Center.  Curtlon Wesley led the Buccaneers with 22 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.  Antione Lister  popped 17 points for the Bucs, which raced to a 43-20 halftime lead.  Markques  Houston added 15 points, five rebounds and five assists for BC.  San Jacinto placed four in double-digit scoring, but shot only 35.4% from the floor (23-of-65) and missed 14 free-throw attempts. Leon Sneed led the Ravens with 12 points, and Kabir Mohammed produced an 11-point, 11-rebound game.

NCBP 17LEE 86, COASTAL BEND 81
The Running Rebels snapped a nine-game losing streak and knocked the Cougars out of a share of the South Zone lead.  Lee knocked down 13 three-pointers, and sank 11-of-17 free throws.  J’Von McCormick  hit a game-high 33 points with eight rebounds and seven assists for the Rebels.  Collin Means  tallied 22 and was 6-of-11 from three-point range.  Shawn Montague contributed a double-double of 10 points and 18 boards. Rashon Thomas dropped a team-high 23 for CBC and Malik Amos added 15.  The win enabled Lee to pull into a seventh-place tie with LSC-PA.

JACKSONVILLE 79, LSC-PA 74
Christian Barrett scored 16 points and cleared 18 rebounds as Jacksonville celebrated a homecoming victory.  The Jaguars hit 35-of-44 free-throws and had a decided 41-28 rebounding advantage as LSC-PA dropped its eighth game in its last 11 decisions.  Jacksonville’s bench produced 52 points, with 19 coming from A.J. Sparks and 12 from Lenny Pradia.  Sparks and Pradia were a combined 17-of-22 from the charity stripe.  Lamar State’s five-point loss left it with a 1-8 record in two-possession games this season.