For PJC men, Navarro’s win Saturday over Trinity Valley started a celebration

Navarro’s 61-55 victory over Trinity Valley Saturday in Corsicana set off a wild celebration in the gym at Paris Junior College.

"How sweet it is!" ... Dragons head coach Chuck Dragon revels in the moment after cutting the last string off the nets to celebrate PJC winning the No. 1 seed for next week's tournament. (eParisExtra photo)

“How sweet it is!” … Dragons head coach Chuck Dragon revels in the moment after cutting the last string off the nets to celebrate PJC winning the No. 1 seed for next week’s tournament. (eParisExtra photo)

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.

Trevon Seymore celebrates with his teammates before PJC's game Saturday, after learning the Dragons were the regular-season champ of Region XIV. (eParisExtra photo)

Trevon Seymore celebrates with his teammates before PJC’s game Saturday, after learning the Dragons were the regular-season champ of Region XIV. (eParisExtra photo)

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

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.