Basketball

BY MIKE MONTFORT Shakem Johnson's 26 points led five Bulldogs in double-figure scoring as Navarro (13-1/3-0) closed out the fall semester with its 11th straight victory -- a 95-51 drubbing of the Louisiana Christian School Disciples. Johnson, logging his third game of 25-plus scoring this season, sank 10-of-14 shots and led Bulldog rebounders with nine. The Bulldogs' 13-1 start is the team's best since the 2009-10 campaign when Johnny Estelle's club went 12-1 before Christmas of a school-record-equaling 30-7 season that ended with a fourth-place finish at the NJCAA Tournament. Navarro's current 11-game winning streak is the program's longest since Estelle's 2009-10 team fashioned a 13-game streak during its march into Hutchinson, Ks. That squad won its final eight regular-season, three Region XIV Tournament and two NJCAA Tournament games in succession. Trey Pulliam and Ja'Quaye James each hit 14 points Tuesday for Navarro, which shot 53 percent from the floor (38-of-72) and cruised to the easy victory. Pulliam's 14 came from 6-of-7 shooting. He led the team in assists for the seventh straight game, totaling five. James was part of a 30-point bench brigade Tuesday, contributing his 14 from 5-of-8 shooting Starters James Jean-Marie added...

BY MIKE MONTFORT --   (Keith Speer Photos) Numbers that have become early trends now are evolving into standard storylines 13 games deep into the Navarro Bulldogs' basketball season. The jet-propulsion start by Coach Michael Landers' Bulldogs (12-1) continued here Saturday as they thindered paast the Lone Star-Cy Fair Falcons 118-74 at The Wolens Special Events Center. While matching their third-highest point output of the season, the Bulldogs raised their scoring average to 106.1 -- currently, fourth-best among NJCAA Division I teams. During the process, Navarro shredded the nets at a blistering 61.4 shooting percent (51-of-83), and increased its team marksmanship to 56.2. That enables the Bulldogs to join Cochise, Az., as the top field-goal percentage shooting teams in the NJCAA. NC's 10th straight win resulted Saturday in four players with double-figure scoring, two with double-doubles and a fourth different player to drop 30 points or more within a month. Gavin Kensmil came off the bench and led Navarro scorers with 31 points from a scorching 15-of-17 shooting effort. Kensmil's 31 marks the fifth occasion that NC's had a 30-plus scorer, joining Xavier Davenport (2), James Jean-Marie and Trey Pulliam. Kensmil, a 6-foot-7 sophomore from Suriname, cleared eight rebounds and stole two passes. The double-doubles belonged to Jean-Marie...

By MIKE MONTFORT  -- Sophomore Trey Pulliam's career-high 30 points sparked Navarro to an 81-66 Region XIV men's basketball victory Wednesday over the Angelina Roadrunners at The Wolens SEC. Pulliam sank 11-of-17 shots from the floor, including two three-pointers. In addition to hitting 64.7 percent from the field, he also was a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line as Navarro (11-1/3-0) won its ninth consecutive game and third in conference play. The 6-foot-3 guard's 30-point night was the fourth of the season by a Navarro player. Xavier Davenport had games of 33 against Temple November 20 and 31 against Fort Hood at The Lewis Orr Classic. James Jean-Marie also dropped 30 against Temple here November 6. Pulliam also dished out five assists and claimed three steals -- both categorical team-highs Wednesday. Pulliam turned in the 20th double-figure scoring game of his Navarro career Wednesday. His previous high-game was 19 in a 79-68 win over Southwestern Christian last year at Athens. The Bulldogs got 12 points from 5-of-9 shooting by Ja'Quaye James. Shakem Johnson and Gavin Kensmil each contributed 10 points and five rebounds. Johnson and Kensmil combined for 9-of-12 shooting from the floor. Navarro hit 52.5 percent of its shots from the floor (31-of-59). The Bulldogs led 39-36...

The expanded standings and the team-by-team schedule pages for Region XIV and Region V men's basketball teams have been updated through games of Saturday, December 1. Here are the PDF links: 2018-2019 Region XIV and V MBB Team by Team Schedules (Dec 1) Exp Reg XIV and V MBB Standings 2018-2019 (Dec 1)...

BRENHAM -- James Jean-Marie turned in his fourth double-double of the year, scoring 23 points and clearing 12 rebounds as the Bulldogs (10-1 / 2-0) won their eighth straight game -- an 85-78 decision over the Blinn Buccaneers at The Kruse Center. Five players hit in double figures for NC, which shot 58% from the floor as a team (30-of-52). Trey Pulliam sank 15 points and dished out a team-high eight assists as Navarro snapped Blinn's nine-game winning streak and handed the Buccaneers their first loss of the season. Shakem Johnson totaled 14 points from 6-of-8 shooting. Gavin Kensmil contributed 11 points from 5-of-7 shooting, with five rebounds and three assists. Xavier Davenport also pitched in 10 points for the Bulldogs. Navarro led at halftime, 45-30, but Blinn closed within four points during the second half. AJ Rainey led Blinn with 18 points and Kai Tease added 14. Navarro returns to Lewis Orr Court at The Wolens Special Events Center for its final Region XIV Conference game before the semester break.  The Bulldogs entertain Angelina (6-5/1-1) at 7 pm Wednesday. JUNIOR COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL SCORES Games From Saturday, December 1 REGION XIV (Conference) Navarro 85, Blinn 78 Angelina 68, Paris 55 TVCC 84, Jacksonville 82 Lee 77, Tyler 70 Bossier Parish 96, Lamar State-Port Arthur...