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BY MIKE MONTFORT Shahada Wells scored a game-high 34 points -- including the game-winning three-pointer with :02.3 left -- to rally unbeaten, sixth-ranked Tyler to an 88-85 Region XIV victory over Navarro. Coach Grant McMillan's Bulldogs rallied from a 16-point, second-half deficit (55-39, 17:11) to wrestle the lead from the Apaches (68-67, 7:12), Navarro opened up as much as a four-point lead (74-70, 5:29). East Zone-leading Tyler's 16th consecutive win and eighth in league play snapped a three-game Navarro winning streak and put the Bulldogs into a three-way tie for fourth place with Panola and Bossier Parish. The game marked the sixth consecutive Navarro-TJC contest determined by two possessions or less, and seventh in the last eight. Wells, a sophomore guard from Amarillo, recorded his fourth 30-plus scoring game in Tyler's five conference games since returning from the holiday break.  Wells, who entered averaging 8.4 points, now has games of 36 against Angelina, 32 against Coastal Bend, 35 against Jacksonville and 34 against Navarro -- all since January 3. Wells scored the first eight points of the second half as TJC expanded a 43-37 lead into a 14-point gap. In addition to hitting the game-winning shot, he was credited with a controversial, game-tying bucket (85-85) on...

Expanded standings, schedules and scores have ben updated for men's Region XIV and Region V basketball through games of Saturday, Jan. 18. Unbeaten, sixth-ranked Tyler dodged a bullet Saturday in Corsicana to remain the only undefeated squad in both regions.  Last Wednesday in Region V, unranked Temple fell from the unbeaten list  as Collin posted an 82-79 win in Plano. Also from Region V, NTJCAC leader Ranger regained the NJCAA's No. 1 ranking.  Coach Billy Gillispie's Rangers (19-1) extended their winning streak to four with lopsided wins at home over Southwestern Christian and on the road Saturday against Hill at Hillsboro. Looming on Wednesday is an NTJCAC showdown in Temple between the Rangers and coach Kirby Johnson's 17-1 Leopards. Region V WJCAC leader Clarendon (17-1) added wins over Frank Phillips and at New Mexico Junior College, looking to improve on its No. 8 ranking.  The Bulldogs, which have won 13 consecutive games, host Odessa and play at Midland this week. In Region XIV East, Navarro has an open date Wednesday before it travels to Paris to face the Dragons at The Hunt Center on Saturday at the same time Tyler and Kilgore (16-3) battle at KC's Masters Gymnasium. Printable PDF Links: Exp Reg XIV and V MBB...

By MIKE MONTFORT -- Navarro College soccer coach Alicia Wilson has been selected to Jamaica’s coaching staff as preparations begin for the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Houston and in Edinburg, Tx. Coach Wilson arrived Saturday in Houston, where she met head coach Hubert Busby, Jr., and his staff. She will assist in game planning, strategies, team workouts and roster setting before the eight-team tournament starts January 28. Jamaica, in Group B, will compete in the round-robin stage with top-seed Canada, Mexico and Saint Kitts and Nevis in matches at 9,700-seat H-E-B Park in Edinburg. Jamaica opposes Mexico in the group opener Wednesday, Jan. 29; Canada, on Saturday, Feb. 1; and Saint Kitts and Nevis on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Group A, playing at the Houston Dynamo’s 22,000-seat BBVA Stadium, includes Costa Rica, Panama, Haiti and the United States, FIFA’s top-ranked squad which seeks its seventh straight Olympics appearance. Group A matches will be played January 28, 31, and February 3. Top two finishers in each group will advance to the knockout stage and play semifinals February 7-9 at 30,000-seat Dignity Health Sports Park on the California State University-Dominguez Hills campus in Carson, Cal. This special, short-term opportunity first presented itself to Wilson during October,...

BOSSIER, La. -- German Kasanzi and Tyrese Patterson each scored 14 points Wednesday as Navarro defeated Bossier Parish 65-52 in a Region XIV East Zone game at Billy Montgomery Gymnasium. Kasanzi hit 5-of-7 shots from the floor, including 4-of-5 from three-pointers as coach Grant McMillian's Bulldogs surged to their third straight win, fourth in their last sixth and moved into a second-place tie with Kilgore, TVCC and Panola. The Bulldogs knocked down 11 threes for a second straight league game. Patterson issued a team-high six assists and made two steals for NC, which opened up zone play by handing BPCC only its third homecourt loss of the season. The Bulldogs shot 42.6 percent from the floor (23-of-54) and 34,4 percent of their three-point tries (11-of-32). NC hit only 42 percent (8-of-19) from the foul line. Navarro scraped 41 rebounds, blocked eight shots and limited the Cavaliers to a season-low 52 points -- 30 points below their 17-game scoring average. Souleymane Doumbia, Brian Washington and Dravon Clayborn combined to account for 25 boards in the effort. ______ SCORE BY HALVES Navarro...

'The Grin' restarted last week. Basketball teams came off holiday breaks and resumed league play in Region XIV and Region V. Posted here in printable PDF forms are links to the latest,  expanded junior college basketball standings and updated team-by-team schedules and scores through games of Saturday, January 11. Region XIV shifts from the zone crossover schedule to the start of  two rounds of zone play on Wednesday. Currently in Region XIV, there are five teams with 5-2 records and there are five 2-5 clubs, so the logjams will begin to separate. Region V's Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference -- the last to begin league play -- features unbeaten Temple (17-0) and longtime No. 1 ranked Ranger (16-1) at the top of the early standings.  Temple plays road games Wednesday at Collin and Saturday against rival McLennan in Waco. Meanwhile, Region V's Western Junior College Athletic Conference's topsy-turvy look has traditional powers South Plains and Odessa with two league losses and winless Howard at the bottom with four conference setbacks. League leaders New Mexico (4-0) and Clarendon (3-0) appear headed for a Thursday showdown at The Caster Activities Center in Hobbs. LINKS: Exp Reg XIV and V MBB Standings 2019-2020.xlsx (January 12, 2020)   2019-2020 Region XIV and V MBB...