The Port Arthur News
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
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.