Souleymane Doumbia

Daily Sun File photo/Ron Farmer

Navarro’s Souleymane Doumbia, seen here in an earlier game,  led the Bulldogs Saturday with 25 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in a big win over TVCC.

Navarro's Bulldogs take a two-game winning streak with them into Wednesday's showdown against Panola at the Wolens SEC, where the Dawgs face the Ponies to break up a third-place tie.

Navarro caught Panola at 8-4 in the Region XIV East Zone race by knocking off rival Trinity Valley in Athens 89-83 Saturday afternoon.

The win against the Cardinals was Navarro's fifth in their last seven conference games and snapped an 11-game losing streak against TVCC, dating back to 2014, and lifted the Dawgs right back into the upper ranks of the East Zone race.

Souleymane Doumbia, Navarro's 7-1 post from the Ivory Coast, had a huge game to lead the Bulldogs, slamming home an impressive double-double, scoring 25 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He also blocked two shots and was there every time the Dawgs needed him.

Doumbia made 8-of-12 shots from the floor and dropped in 9-of-11 free throws.  Akol Mawein, who was coming off a 28-point night in Navarro's win over Kilgore on Wednesday, followed Doumbia with a 22-point afternoon in Athens, where he made 12-of-16 shots to help the Bulldogs scorch the nets at a 54.7 percentage pace (29-of-53) on the road.

Ed Manuel scored 16 points and Jakobe Dill came off the bench to nail three 3-pointers and finish with nine points.

Navarro made only 5-of-13 3s but managed to win the back-and-forth game that saw the Dawgs lead early and build a 10-point (45-35) halftime lead only to find themselves behind 69-64 late in the game. But Navarro finished strong with a 20-7 run to put away the Cardinals, who beat them in the Region XIV title game last season.

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