PORT ARTHUR —
A pair of free throws by freshman JoJo Mooring, who scored 15 in the game, set up the 14th tie of the game at 83-83 with 1:01 left to play. On the next trip down the floor, Mooring picked up a steal to give Bennett his opportunity to pull up for the winner.
With nine seconds remaining, Navarro scrambled the floor and attempted two 3-pointers but missed both to end the game.
“We’re playing some good basketball right now,” Madison said. “We’re not cocky but we are confident. Our guys are pretty focused right now.”
That focus will be squarely placed on Kilgore College, the No. 2 team in the nation, as the Hawks travel to play the Rangers on Saturday at 4 p.m.
“We consider Saturday to be a business trip,” Madison said. “We’ve got to handle our business and play with toughness and togetherness.”
It was that mentality that helped carry the Seahawks through the first half of Wednesday’s game against Navarro. Sophomore D.J. Blanks did his part, primarily on defense, as he picked off four steals while Cirkook “Shaq” Riak played a key role off the bench.
“We said D.J. would need to have a good game and he closed out the first half with a few steals,” Madison said. “The bench came in and gave us life. Shaq is getting better every day. He has more of a sense of urgency and the guys are having more confidence in him.”
Riak finished with six points and four rebounds, while Blanks added nine points. Sophomore center Anthony Allen had 10 points and four rebounds while Jelencic knocked down eight points.
Navarro’s Toney Foster and Jamar Goodwin each scored 23 to lead the Bulldogs.