The Port Arthur News
Nederland head coach Brian English called it the finest game his team has played all year.
There was certainly ample evidence to support his assertion, as the Bulldogs put on a masterful display on both ends of the court to beat C.E. King 58-42 Friday in the final game of pool play at the Bulldog Classic.
“We executed our offense better than we had,” English said. “We had the intensity we needed on defense. We played great team defense and were executed on offense. It was the best we’ve played all year. I knew this team was capable of playing like this, and I’m glad to see them do it.”
Nederland (8-3) will play HCYA in the Gold Bracket semifinals at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dog Dome.
To prepare for that, the Bulldogs played a near-perfect game. Nederland hit 22 of 37 shots in the game, including 8 of 11 in the first quarter alone. The Bulldogs also only had seven turnovers all game and four of those came in the third quarter.
Defensively, Nederland dominated the boards, outrebounding C.E. King 25-13 and holding the Panthers to 31 percent shooting from the floor after the first quarter.
“We were solid on defense and we extended the lead,” English said. “Execution-wise, it was the best we’ve played all year. The kids are figuring it out. Jamiere (Rogers) played his best game of the season as far as being active. Alex Taylor did a great job, he always does with the little things. It was a great team effort.”
Colton Weisbrod got the ‘Dogs started in the first quarter, scoring 11 of his game-high 19 points. He also attacked C.E. King freshman post Gilbert Thomas, causing the first-year varsity player to pick up three quick fouls.
That was really the only mar on an otherwise excellent quarter of basketball for both teams. Both Nederland and King combined for just two turnovers in the first quarter and has six combined assists. The King players shot 5 for 9 from the floor while Nederland only missed three of its 11 shots.
Another area where Nederland did well was in making the final shots of the quarter. The Bulldogs ran a high screen as time winded down, with the ball handler driving past his pick and then kicking to the corner after the defenders were drawn to the paint. In the first quarter, Zach English found Colton Weisbrod for a 3-pointer. In the second, it was Kirby Hanley finding a wide-open Jamiere Rogers for a triple. In the third, English found Hanley for his own 3-pointer as time expired.
“Getting that last shot in the quarter is great, ” Brian English said. “Our kids understand how important that is, but tonight we executed that how it’s supposed to be. The first three quarters, we got baskets on that. That’s a great job of execution.”
Weisbrod had 19 points, six rebounds and four steals while Zach English had 13 points, 3 rebounds and one steal. Jared Lorimier had nine points, one assist and one steal while Rogers had three points and nine rebounds. Hanley finished with seven points, four rebounds and four assists.
For C.E. King, Joele Norman had 13 points. King will play Beaumont West Brook in the Silver Bracket at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Dog Dome.
Nederland’s tournament was once again the site of multiple college coaches scouting this weekend. North Carolina head coach Roy Williams attended both of the past two days with first-year SMU head coach Larry Brown showing up on Friday. Brian English also said that University of Texas coaches were there Friday, along with Lamar State-Port Arthur head coach Lance Madison.
In other action, Port Arthur Memorial locked up a spot in the Gold Bracket semifinals by beating Breaux Bridge Christian 58-52.
Memorial (5-5) moves to .500 this season with the victory and will play The Village at noon Saturday in the Dog Dome.
The Port Neches-Groves boys lost 63-35 to HCYA, which puts them in the Bronze bracket and gives HCYA the top seed from Pool B. Beaumont West Brook will compete in the Silver Bracket from that pool.
PN-G (1-7) will face Hamshire-Fannett at noon on Saturday in the Nederland Competition Gym.
The Village 58, Katy Taylor 33
C.E. King 52, Hamshire-Fannett 39
HCYA 63, PN-G 35
PA Memorial 58, Breaux Bridge Christian 52
Katy Taylor 60, Silsbee 51
Nederland 58, C.E. King 42
Katy Taylor vs West Orange-Stark, 9 a.m.
C.E. King vs Beaumont West Brook, 10:30 a.m.
3rd place (Silver Bracket), 3 p.m.
1st place (Silver Bracket), 4:30 p.m.
The Village vs Port Arthur Memorial, Noon
Nederland vs HCYA, 1:30 p.m., Co
3rd place (Gold Bracket), 6 p.m.
1st place (Gold Bracket ) Championship, 7:30 p.m.
Bronze Bracket (All games in Competetion gym)
Silsbee vs Breaux Bridge Christian, 10:30 a.m.
Hamshire-Fannett vs PN-G, Noon
3rd place (Bronze Bracket), 3 p.m.
1st place (Bronze Bracket), 4:30 p.m.