, Port Arthur, Texas


November 28, 2012

Prep basketball heats up with YMBL tourney

PORT ARTHUR — BEAUMONT – On Thursday, attention in the area will be shifted from the

winding down of the football season to the ramping up of roundball, as

the BISD/YMBL South Texas Shootout kicks off its annual tournament.

On the boys side of the bracket, Port Arthur Memorial, Port

Neches-Groves and Nederland will all play in a tough field that will

see strong area teams like Silsbee, West Orange-Stark and Beaumont

Ozen paired with squads from Houston (Fort Bend Hightower), Dallas

(Madison) and even New Orleans (OP Walker).

Port Arthur Memorial (2-2) will face Houston Wheatley in the first

round at 6 p.m. Thursday at McDonald Gym on Lamar’s campus. The Titans

will be looking for a second consecutive victory, after beating West Orange-Stark

58-43 on Nov. 23.

Wheatley is off to a 4-0 start and has averaged 99 points per game in

those victories over Houston Jones, Houston Madison, Houston Reagan

and Houston Kashmere. The Wildcats are led by 6-foot-7 senior post

Tavario Miller, who is averaging 25 points per game this season.

Wheatley is also getting 23 points per game from sophomore Gerald


Nederland (2-2) will face New Orleans Walker in the first round at

7:30 p.m. Thursday in McDonald Gym. The Bulldogs got off to a strong

start this season with a win over St. Pius X, but lost 73-58 to

Hardin-Jefferson and 57-49 to Beaumont West Brook in overtime on


Walker is 2-1 this season, allowing 54.6 points per game thus far

while topping 65 points in two of its three contests. Nederland, on

the other hand, has only allowed one team to score more than 60 once

this season, giving up an average of 52.7 points per game this year.

PN-G (0-2) will take on North Shore at 3 p.m. Thursday at McDonald

Gym. The Indians have lost to Silsbee 60-48 and Barbers Hill 59-47

this season. They face a North Shore team that’s 4-1 this year,

falling 70-37 to Houston Nimitz while beating Spring DeKaney 67-53,

Fort Bend Elkins 51-46, Spring Westfield 53-45 and Spring 63-59.

The Mustangs return two starters from last years team who picked up

where they left off. Senior 6-foot-8 forward Johnathan Motley, a

Baylor commit, is averaging 20.6 points per game this season while

junior guard Brandon Etienne is averaging 13.5 points per game.

On the girls side, Port Arthur Memorial joins area teams like

Hardin-Jefferson, Lumberton, Beaumont West Brook, Beaumont Ozen and

Beaumont Central in a very talented group.

Memorial (8-2) will open the tournament against La Marque at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday at the Montagne Center. The Lady Titans were nipped Tuesday

52-48 by Beaumont Ozen and University of Texas commit Nekia Jones.

Their only other loss this season was to Lumberton in the Bulldog

Classic championship.

They face a La Marque team that is 4-3, having lost to Galveston Ball,

Humble Summer Creek and Pearland Dawson while beating Hitchcock twice,

Dickinson and Texas City. The Lady Cougars are led by senior guard

Courtney Randle, who is averaging 24 points per game.

Games begin on Friday at 9 a.m. for the consolation brackets for both

the boys and the girls and at 3 p.m. for the championship brackets.


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  • Bassmaster Elites are coming back

    The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
    I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
    It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
    • Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
    Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
    Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
    • East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
    • Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
    • Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
     It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
    It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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