Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

January 18, 2013

NJCAA Basketball: Runnin’ Bulldogs host well-coached rival Paris Saturday

By Todd Wills
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Navarro’s low-scoring 52-36 victory over Panola on Wednesday night suggests one of two things – the Runnin’ Bulldogs played great defense and the Ponies tried to slow the game down.

If that’s what you’re thinking, you’re correct.

“It was a combination of both,” Estelle said. “They did a good job of minimizing possessions. We had a few unforced turnovers. It was one of those games.”

Toney Foster and Princeton Onwas again provided a lot of the offense, combining for 27 points. Foster led the way with 14 points and Onwas added 13.

Navarro (15-4, 7-1) can’t get lulled to sleep by the boredom of Wednesday’s game with an improving Paris team coming to Corsicana for a 4 p.m. tipoff Saturday afternoon at the Wolens Center.

Navarro has won 12 of 13 games, so the Bulldogs are a hot team. Paris pushed its conference record up to 3-5 in conference play with a 90-88 overtime win over Bossier Parish as the Dragons snapped a four-game losing streak.

Paris has some good wins this season, including one of Lamar State-Port Arthur before the semester break. Eddie Leal averages 13.3 points per game to lead the Dragons.

“They’re knocking on the door,” Estelle said. “We’re talking about a well-coached team that’s a big rival. We seemed like we played them every year in the tournament until last season.”