CORSICANA – With the game tied and possession of the ball, Lamar State College – Port Arthur men's basketball team held its fate in its own hands … then it disappeared just as quickly. A turnover by the Seahawks with 2.1 seconds left and a buzzer-beating basket by Navarro handed the Bulldogs an 81-79 win in overtime Saturday, Jan. 5.
After trailing by as many as 12 points, Lamar State-Port Arthur battled back to force overtime in this critical Region 14 showdown at Bulldogs Gym. In the extra period, the Hawks took control behind freshman guard Tre Bennett, who finished the game with 23 points. Bennett put the Hawks up 3 with 1:30 left in OT, but Navarro answered with a 3-pointer of its own with under a minute to go. With the game tied at 79-79, the Hawks worked the clock down to 13 seconds, getting ready to take a final shot for the win. Navarro’s defense pressured the ball at half-court and the Hawks turned over possession with 2.1 seconds to go. That’s when Toney Foster pulled up at the buzzer to hit the basket for the 81-79 win.
The physical game and a group of whistle-ready officials sent six players to the bench with five fouls each, including four from Lamar State. Bennett led all scorers with Korbin McClain adding 12 and Anthony Allen hitting for 11. Jamal Shabazz finished with six points but pulled down another double-figure rebound tally with 10 boards.
The Hawks fall to 11-3 overall and 4-2 in Region 14 play while Navarro improves to 13-4 and 5-1.
Lamar State returns home Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game against regional foe Kilgore College at the Parker Center.