12 Jan ‘Dawgs crush Lamar State, 95-70
By MIKE MONTFORT
Double-doubles by Akol Mawein, Souleymane Doumbia and Dravon Clayborn sparked Navarro to a 95-70 Region XIV victory over the Lamar State-Port Arthur Seahawks here Saturday.
Mawein, in his first appearance of 2020, scored a team-high 22 points from 8-of-12 shooting and cleared 10 defensive rebounds as the Bulldogs (11-7/5-2) won their second straight conference game and improved to 5-1 on Lewis Orr Court this season.
Doumbia added 14 points from 5-of-8 shooting, grabbed 10 more boards and blocked an individual single-game high 8 shots. The seven-footer posted his fourth double-double of the season and his fifth double-figure rebounding contest.
Meanwhile, Clayborn tallied 13 points, six rebounds, three steals and Dished out a single-game high 11 assists in a win that helped Navarro climb into a third-place tie in the East Zone with Panola, TVCC, and upcoming opponent, Bossier Parish.
From three league games this week, the Bulldogs got double-doubles from six different players — Brian Washington against Jacksonville, German Kasanzi and Sherman Robinson against Victoria, and Mawein, Doumbia and Clayborn against LSC-PA Saturday.
The Bulldogs yanked down 43 rebounds (35 defensive).
Navarro connected on 10-of-23 three-point shot attempts — the most since the season’s third and fourth games against Temple and Grayson when they hit 11 in single games.
Lamar’s only lead was 6-2, before the relentless Bulldogs went on a 21-7 run that forced LSC-PA coach Lance Madison to use three timeouts during the first 10 minutes. The Seahawks simply couldn’t stem the momentum.
Thanks to a run of 10 unanswered points, NC inflated its first-half lead to 26 (47-21) on Mawein’s trey at the 4:11 mark. Then, the ‘Dawgs coasted to a 55-33 intermission lead as the Seahawks closed with the final eight points.
LSC-PA, to its credit, managed to climb back within 12 (62-50) with 13:29 left, but threes by Kasanzi and Mawein and consecutive Washington dunks fueled a 14-4 spurt that put the game away.
The first-round of East Zone play begins Wednesday. Navarro travels to Bossier City to play the BPCC Cavaliers for the opener.
SCORE BY HALVES:
LSC-PA..33 – 37 — 70
Navarro…55 – 40 – 95
Navarro (95): Akol Mawein 22, Souleymane Doumbia 14, Dravon Clayborn 13, German Kasanzi 13, Tyrese Patterson 9, Brian Washington 8, Sherman Robinson 6, Edward Manuel 6, Jakobe Dill 6. TOTALS: (35-59)-(10-23)-(15-25)-95.
LSCPA (70): Jamyus Jones 21, DeVaughn Thomas 12, J’Son Brooks 12, Darrell Jones 8, Xavier Thompson 4, Ferontay Banks 3, Terron Brown 3, Kanntrell Burney 3. TOTALS: 18-5-(19-27)-70.
FOUL OUT: None.
TECHNICAL FOULS: None
REBOUNDS: NC — 43 (Mawein 10, Doumbia 10, Washington 6)
ASSISTS: NC — 21 (Clayborn 11, Washington 3)
STEALS: NC — 8 (Clayborn 3)
BLOCKED SHOTS: NC — 11 (Doumbia 8)
FREE-THROWS: The Bulldogs assumed an 8-7 lead in their series with the Seahawks since it began in 2008-09 when Lamar State joined Region XIV…Navarro has won four of the last five meetings….From 14 previous meetings, 11 outcomes had been decided by two possessions or less…..Navarro won last year’s game 77-75 at The Carl Parker Center in Port Arthur….LSC-PA head coach Lance Madison is now 0-4 against the Bulldogs at the Wolens SEC since he became head coach in 2012. …LSC-PA;s 86-76 win Wednesday at Paris was Madison’s first coaching victory at The Hunt Center….Against PJC, Lamar State was led by DeVaughn Thomas, who scored 28 (24 in the first half)…Thomas hit 10-of-12 shots from the floor and grabbed 13 rebounds to secure his fourth double-double of the season….Thomas ranks third in points scored in Region XIV (273) and averages 16.1….. Teammate Kanntrell Bailey added 15 second-half points…..Entering Saturday’s game, Navarro’s Brian Washington (8.3 ppg) led the conference in field-goal-shooting percentage (72.9%) and was the fifth-leading rebounder (8.7 rpg)….Tyrese Patterson topped the league in steals per game (4.1) and ranks among the NJCAA’s Top 5….Doumbia (11.3 ppg) hit double figures in five of his last six games….In its first three league games back from the break, NC had three different high-point men — Dravon Clayborn (16), Patterson (23) and German Kasanzi (19).
TEXAS JUNIOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
Saturday, January 11
Tyler 95, Victoria 60
Navarro 95, Lamar State 70
Angelina 83, TVCC 73
Kilgore 88, Blinn 53
Bossier Parish 75, Jacksonville 62
Coastal Bend 86, Panola 80
Lee 74, Paris 70
REGION V NTJCAC
McLennan 79, Collin 68
Temple 115, Weatherford 90
Grayson at Southwestern Christian, ppd, weather travel.