Basketball

BAYTOWN -- Souleymane Doumbia scored a game-high 32 points. cleared 12 rebounds and blocked four shots as Navarro opened Region XIV Conference play Saturday with an 84-77 win over Lee College. Doumbia was a difference maker Saturday as coach Grant McMillan's Bulldogs (4-4/1-0) outrebounded the Rebels 42-28. Tyrese Ross taalied 15 points, dished out six assists and had three steals for Navarro.  German Kasanzi added 14 for the Bulldogs, which led 44-38 at halftime. Ishmael Cruz Paris and Chris Osten topped Lee scorers with 18 apiece, while Keontae White netted 17 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four steals for the Rebels. Navarro handed Lee (8-2/0-1) its first homecourt loss of the season. NAVARRO 84, LEE 77 Score By Halves: Navarro...

By MIKE MONTFORT Head basketball coach Grant McMillan presented his 2019-2020 Navarro Bulldogs Tuesday on paper as the reality of daily practices has begun. [caption id="attachment_916241" align="alignleft" width="158"] GRANT McMILLAN[/caption] McMillan and assistants Cody Hopkins and D.J. Pavlovic welcome four returning sophomores from last year's Region XIV Tournament finalist squad. They've also signed 10 players, including some sophomore transfers and an array of quality freshman talents and skill sets. Here is a thumbnail sketch of each member of McMillan's first Navarro squad:   RETURNING SOPHOMORES: Tyrese Ross Patterson (6-2, 185, New York City) -- Patterson played in 32 games as a true freshman, averaging 2.6 points, shooting 46.2 percent from the floor, and making 42 total steals. He has a 3.0 GPA and was a leader on and off the floor for the 2018 Region XIV Tournament Finalist Bulldogs. Before Navarro, Patterson played at Tennessee Prep in Memphis, Tn., for coach Harold Rayford. Sherman "Nosey" Robinson (6-7, 185, Freeport, The Bahamas) – Robinson averaged 6.6 points and 3.5 rebounds while playing in 31 games as a true freshman. He shot 38 percent beyond the three-point line for the 25-7 Bulldogs. Robinson played high school basketball at Legacy Charter in South Carolina. He was invited to the All American Juco...

Freshman guard Jesse Zarzuela signed with Navarro, head basketball coach Grant McMillan announced Monday. Zarzuela, regarded as a three-star recruit, transfers here from The University of Texas-El Paso. The 6-foot-3 playmaker from Spring Woods High School in Houston averaged 22.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals his senior season when he won District 17-6A MVP honors. He led the 26-8 Tigers in total points (591), assists (89) and steals (58). An 82 percent foul shooter, Zarzuela shot 53 percent from the floor, including 36 from beyond the arc. A four-year varsity letterwinner at Spring Woods, Zarzuela scored 1851 points in 116 career games (16.0 ppg). He produced double-figure scoring in 52 of his final 56 varsity games, with a personal-high 32 in a 63-46 win over Memorial on December 14, 2018. Earlier this month, 6-foot-8 power forward Brian Washington from Nation Wide Academy signed with the Bulldogs. Washington, originally from Kailua, Hi., relocated to Las Vegas, Nv., and played his junior and senior seasons at Cimarron-Memorial High School. He played last season for coach Kenneth Roy’s Nation Wide Academy Bengals in Oklahoma City, Ok. Washington was highly recruited by Division I schools and junior colleges before finalizing his decision to attend Navarro. Washington averaged 16.1...

Navarro College hired Grant McMillan as its new head men’s basketball coach. “We are so excited to have Grant on board with the Bulldog basketball program. He has experienced great success as a head coach and in Region XIV. He has been involved with highly successful programs at each stop in his coaching career,” said Athletic Director Michael Landers. McMillan, a native of Van, TX, comes to Navarro from Panola College where he has been the head men’s basketball coach for the last four years. He compiled an impressive 93-39 record and transformed the Ponies’ basketball into a recognized, ranked Region XIV and NJCAA Tournament contender. With a school-record 50 wins during McMillan’s first two seasons, Panola played in consecutive Region XIV Championship games. His 26-9 East Zone champions, ranked No. 13 nationally, advanced to the second round of the 2016-17 NJCAA Tournament at Hutchinson, Ks. – Panola’s first appearance there since 1979. He recruited, coached and graduated 18 players who signed NCAA Division I scholarships. His Panola program developed the third-highest winning percentage in Region XIV, defeated 12 NJCAA-ranked opponents and lost only seven home games. Before the first head-coaching job at Panola, he had opportunities to work for some of the best,...