Before that, PN-G had played two more games with the victory margin at three points or less, beating Livingston 38-37 and losing to Beaumont Ozen 47-44 on a buzzer beater by Jordan Hunter.
With a tough slate of road games this week against Central and Nederland, Pat Abel’s bunch is probably hoping it could win a couple of games and maybe not have to play so many overtime periods to get there.
Memorial boys get pep talk from Gamble
Before last Tuesday’s victory over Deer Park, the Port Arthur Memorial boys had a pre-game visit from legendary Port Arthur Lincoln head coach James Gamble. His message was simple, that this Titan team was greater than the sum of its parts if they played together.
“I always enjoy when Coach Gamble stops by with all that wisdom,” Memorial head coach Travis Williams said. “He said individually, we don’t have any true superstars, but as a team, we could be alright.”
Gamble’s words proved prophetic, as the Titans gutted out a victory over Deer Park without great nights from their two leading scorers, junior point guard Torian Lott and sophomore post Dorian Chatman. Having Gamble as a resource along with athletic director Andre Boutte and his father Fred Williams has been a big benefit according to Williams.
Williams also added that he thinks both Lott and Chatman have the potential to become superstar players if they put everything together.
Chatman drawing interest
Speaking of Chatman, the 6-foot-6 sophomore has already started drawing considerable recruiting interest. Chatman gained plenty of notice last summer playing for the Houston Hoops travel team and drew some praise from Port Arthur’s own Stephen Jackson in a video on YouTube following his camp here in September.
All that notice has added up to some serious recruiting chatter, with coaches from Baylor, Texas A&M, Alabama and Lamar all keeping tabs on the sophomore. In fact, one of Alabama’s assistant coaches was at Memorial’s game against Beaumont West Brook on Jan. 15 to watch Chatman.