By Todd Wills
Corsicana Daily Sun
Navarro coach Johnny Estelle again has extended his bench and played all 15 players in the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ first two games this season – both wins.
One result of that Navarro hopes to change at 8 p.m. Friday night in the opener of the East-West Classic against Midland College at the Wolens Special Events Center?
Missing free throws. The Runnin’ Bulldogs have already clanged 39 free throws, including 24 of them in Monday’s 71-67 victory at Hill College.
“If we make free throws, we’ll get better offensively,” Estelle said. “It definitely will get better.”
Part of the reason for the free throw struggles is that Estelle has played so many players, making it more difficult for shooters to find a rhythm, he said.
But that comes with wanting to see as many of his players go through different situations and seeing how they respond.
Freshman center Jaleel Cousins didn’t play in Navarro’s season opener at home against Tomball College because the Runnin’ Bulldogs were a guard-oriented team. But 6-10 Mobile, Ala. product had a nice first game for Navarro against Hill with nine points, five rebounds and a block.
“He played well,” Estelle said. “He’s still learning and he’s only going to get better.”
Navarro will play the second game Friday. Trinity Valley will open the classic against the Texas Wesleyan JV at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Navarro will play Texas Wesleyan’s JV at 6 p.m.