Kensmil’s 31 helps Bulldogs cruise past BPCC, 84-65

Kensmil’s 31 helps Bulldogs cruise past BPCC, 84-65

By MIKE MONTFORT
Photos by Keith Speer

—  Sophomore Gavin Kensmil scored a personal-season-high-equaling 31 points to lead the Bulldogs (17-1/7-0) to their 15th straight win. Kensmil hit an efficient 11-of-13 from the floor, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots in the victory.

The Bulldogs shot 50.9 percent (29-of-57), but also turned in perhaps their finest defensive effort of the season — particularly during the first half when they raced to a 41-19 lead.

The Cavaliers, averaging 90 points per game, featured two of Region XIV’s Top 6 individual scorers in Eric Parrish (20.3 per game) and Jason Holliday (18.4).

Parrish and Holliday finished with five points apiece, and Holliday fouled by the 10-minute mark of the second half –the first of three BPCC players to foul out.

Parrish’s three-pointer pulled BPCC within 10 (22-12) at the 10:30 mark of the first half. Navarro turned up more defensive intensity that spawned a 19-7 run to the finish and included nine unanswered points during a span of 4:30. The Cavs managed only two buckets inside those final 10 minutes of the half — both on breakaways.

Bossier Parish, one of the last 11 unbeaten NJCAA Division I teams on January 5, dropped its third in its last four conference games.

Kensmil matched his personal NC high-game of 31 against Lone Star-Cy Fair here on December 8. While achieving his 14th game in double figures, he scored 17 during the second half as the Bulldogs’ lead swelled to as many as 30 points (72-42) with 6:30 to play.

Trey Pulliam had eight points from 4-of-5 shooting, with three rebounds, plus team-highs in assists (8) and steals (4).

Other double-figure scorers for NC were Ja’Quaye James with 12 and Shakem Johnson with 10.
James was 3-of-7 shooting beyond the arc, hit 3-of-4 free throws and handed out four assists. Johnson, also among NJCAA field-goal percentage leaders at 72 percent, hit 4-of-5 shots from the floor.

Paris Harris, who averages about nine points per game, scored a team-high 24 for BPCC, including 23 in the second half.

Navarro defeated the Cavaliers for the 11th consecutive time at The Wolens Center and holds an 18-3 lead in the series that started in the 2008-2009 season.

SCORE BY HALVES:
Bossier Parish 19 – 46 — 65
Navarro 41 – 43 — 84
BPCC: (65) — Paris Harris 24, EJ Clark 11, David Williams 6, Eric Olonade 5, Jason Holliday 5, Eric Parrish 5, Mikail Simmons 4, Lane Hartley 3, Stefano Jean-Louis 2. TOTALS: 18-5-(14-19)-65.
NAVARRO (84) — Gavin Kensmil 31, Ja’Quaye James 12, Shakem Johnson 10, Nicholas Rene 9, Trey Pulliam 8, James Jean-Marie 5, Xavier Davenport 3, Sherman Robinson 2, Jonah Carrasco 2, Ashley Mukendi 1; Tyrese Patterson 0; Lijon Smith 0. TOTALS: 23-6-(20-33)-84.
REBOUNDS: NC 34 (8/26). Kensmil 8, Jean-Marie 7.
ASSISTS: NC 16. Pulliam 8, James 4.
STEALS: NC 6. Pulliam 6.
BLOCKED SHOTS: NC 8. Kensmil 2, Robinson 2.

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WEDNESDAY’S JUNIOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
Region XIV
Navarro 84, Bossier Parish 65
TVCC 82, Kilgore 66
Panola 66, Paris 64
Lamar State 72, Lee 71
Jacksonville 63, Coastal Bend 60
Blinn 78, Angelina 64

Region V NTJCAC
Temple 99, Collin 91
McLennan 70, Hill 66
Ranger 95, Southwestern Christian 67