NEDERLAND — Late Tuesday night Nederland’s Colton Weisbrod sent out a tweet after he and the Nederland Bulldogs lost to the Port Arthur Memorial Titans.
It stated how rough games like the one he played in that night kept him up until the morning. So this Port Arthur News sports writer tweeted Weisbrod back with a quote from a famous NBA star.
The quote read “I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” It was said by Michael Jordan.
Weisbrod, who immediately made the quote his lock screen on his cell, took the quote seriously and now put the Memorial game in the past. Weisbrod scored a Nederland Bulldogs Classic record 48 points Thursday in the Bulldogs 70-47 win over Alvin.
“The quote definitely helped,” Weisbrod said. “I still have it there so thanks for that. Tonight felt amazing. The team was great. We continue to play like that and we will be very hard to beat.”
Weisbrod said Nederland Coach Brian English noticed he was close to the record midway through the fourth period and in a timeout asked the team if they wanted to be a part of history.
“All the teammates raised their hand and said yes,” Weisbrod added. “That is something special. It left me speechless to know my team was behind me and to want to be a part of this with me.”
The previous record for a game at the Bulldogs Classic was 46 points set by Nederland’s Jamie Weaver. Weaver set the mark in 1982.
There has been a lot of talent come through the Bulldogs Classic in the previous 41 years. Names like Kendrick Perkins who is now in the NBA and HCYA’s Jared Jackson who is currently playing in the tournament. Jackson is headed to North Carolina next year and is the nation’s No. 2 rated small forward.
“I am still speechless,” Weisbrod said. “I can’t even say how it feels. I guess it will hit me in the morning. Tomorrow I don’t care if I don’t score in double digits. In the end the only thing that matters is a win. That is it.”
Weisbrod scored 16 in the first period, 12 in the second, 14 in the third and six in the fourth. He was taken out the game with 3:30 left in the game.
He finished 16-for-24 from the field and was 3-for-5 behind the three point line. Weisbrod was 13-for-20 from the free throw line and he added 12 rebounds.
Nederland held a 36-17 lead at the break after holding Alvin to four points in the second period.
The Bulldogs then outscored the visitors 21-11 in the third.
Memorial 86, Lumberton 34
Dorian Chatman and the Memorial Titans started off the Bulldogs Classic with an 86-34 win over the Lumberton Raiders.
Chatman poured in 18 points as the Titans used a very strong second period to pull away from the Raiders.
Memorial was already up 25-13 after the first period when the Titans outscored the Raiders 21-5 in the second.
Lumberton could only muster another five points in the third as Memorial built a 69-23 lead going into the fourth period.
Ron Taylor added 16 points for Memorial while Joseph Williams put in 14. Torian Lott added 13 points for the Titans.
WO-S 71, PN-G 45
Fresh off their first win of the season, the Port Neches-Groves Indians through the first half against West Orange-Stark were poised to pull off an upset.
The Mustangs jumped out to a 23-7 lead after the first period and at one point led the game 22-2.
PN-G cut the lead to 23-20 with two minutes left in the first half as the Indians held the Mustangs scoreless for the first six minutes of the second period.
WO-S held a 31-22 lead at the break and then outscored PN-G 40-23 in the second half.
Bradley Broussard led the Indians with 12 points while Chase Rutledge had 20 for the Mustangs. Laquarius Paige had 15 points for the Mustangs.