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Navarro’s 61-55 victory over Trinity Valley Saturday in Corsicana set off a wild celebration in the gym at Paris Junior College.
Trinity Valley’s loss dropped the Cardinals to 25-5 overall and 15-4 in Region XIV play — the same record as the PJC Dragons.
The league’s tie-breaking rules favored Paris, which had already clinched at least a No. 2 seed in the tournament.
Now, it had the No. 1 seed, and along with it the regular season championship of Region XIV.
“I’ve got a really good feeling about this team, and we’re looking forward to moving on to play in the tournament,” Dragons coach Chuck Taylor said.
“It’s phenomenal for these kids, the school and the community.”
On Tuesday, at the Herrington Patriots Center at UT-Tyler, the No. 5 through 12 seeds will play four first-round games, with the winners joining the four top seeds in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Paris’ first action will be at 1 p.m. Thursday against the winner of No. 8 Blinn and No. 9 Tyler.
The Region XIV tournament website is www.region14hoops.com.
Paris, which learned the good news before taking the court for a tournament tune-up game, improved its record to 23-6 with an 82-67 victory over East Texas Flite, which brought only six players.
Paris led the entire game, although the Dragons’ mind clearly wasn’t on the game.
East Texas Flight, which had only six players, trailed by double digits early as Delvin Dickerson hit two 3-pointers and another basket for eight of the Dragons’ first 10 points.
But for the last 10 minutes of the half and the first 10 minutes of the second half, the lead was uncomfortably close. Paris led 43-40 at the half — evan as the Dragons were knocking down 3 pointers.
East Texas Flight answered with 10 three-pointers of their own, including three each by Terrell Colbert and Kendara Hall. Colbert led the visitors with 18 points.
For the game, Paris hit 9 three’s, with Dickerson getting 4, Brandon Scott 3, Qua Doster 1 and Trevon Seymore 1.
There were some great, great moments for Paris — with sophomore guard Seymore feeding his teammates for several wide-open lay-ups.
But Paris also tried four slam dunks on shots that looked to be easy lay-ups. Two of those shots rocketed off the rim — the equivalent of a blown lay-up. The other two weren’t classic dunks, but they rolled over the rim and in.
Dickerson led Paris with 20 points, followed by Scott with 14 points and Ronnie White 12. Seymore had 9 points, Joe Haynes 8, Nouhoum Bocoum 6, Doster 5, Jovan Austin 3, Xavier Dupree 2, Andre Barnes 2 and Keith Shivers 1.
Neither team was very accurate at the free throw line. Paris made 5 of 12 (41.6 percent) and East Texas Flight was 9-of-20 (45.0 percent).
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra