PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

December 30, 2013

Indians win twice in BC/Orangefield tourney

Gabriel Pruett
The Port Arthur News

ORANGEFIELD — Port Neches-Groves coach Pat Abel had seen enough from his Indians basketball team in the third period against Anahuac.

    PN-G had squandered over half of an 18-point lead as the Panthers cut the gap to eight. The Indians finally responded late in the third and into the fourth before winning 67-43. It was the second win of the day for the Indians who are now 3-13 on the season. PN- G defeated Orangefield 52-48 earlier Monday.

    When an official asked if Abel wanted a full or 30-second timeout in the third period, the answer he got drew a laugh from those who could hear the head coach.

    “I want three fulls back-to-back-to-back,” Abel said to the ref.

    The Indians only took one full timeout and a few minutes later took a 30-second timeout. After that, the game was all Indians.

    PN-G outscored Anahuac 22-5 in the fourth period.

    “I told the guys at halftime the first two minutes of the third period would be very important,” Abel said. “Then we turn around and let Anahuac win practically the whole quarter. We couldn’t defend shots and we couldn’t make shots. Luckily we started to get out of the funk at the end of the third and we had a real productive fourth period.”

    Jason Seward led the Indians with 15 points and eight rebounds.

    PN-G made 29 of 58 shots in the game and the Indians defense did a great job against the Panthers. Anahuac shot 16-for-44 from the field and had 12 turnovers.

    The Panthers only had one basket in the fourth period.

    “It is almost January, so you hope by now the kids are starting to understand what we are trying to do,” Abel said. “We are still learning what each other does on the court. Today, with two wins, should be a confidence booster for our team. We have two tough games tomorrow so there is no time to rest but we will enjoy these two victories tonight.”

    The Indians had to battle back against the Bobcats after Orangefield went up 12-5 heading into the second period.

    PN-G took a 20-19 lead into the break and won the third period 13-10. The Indians did just enough in the fourth to hold off the Bobcats.

    Jacob Underhilll had 13 points against Orangefield, eight in the second. John Dubois also had eight points in the second quarter and finished with 10 points. Ryan Abel and Kade Geoffroy each had seven points.

    PN-G shot 17-for-32 in the game.

    Carl Wiley had 10 points for the Bobcats.

    The Indians return to Orangefield Tuesday for a 9 a.m. game against LC-M before taking on Flower Mound, a home school from Dallas, at 1:30 p.m.

Monday Scores

Bridge City/Orangefield Tournament

Vidor 56, Lumberton JV 43

Bridge City 87, Sabine Pass 45

Corsicana 67, Vidor 43

Flower Mound 67, Anahuac 42

LC-M 50, Orangefield 33

PN- G 52, Orangefield 48

Lumberton JV 99, Sabine Pass 40

Corsicana 62, Bridge City 35

PN-G 67, Anahuac 43



Tuesday Schedule

Bridge City/Orangefield Tournament

(At Bridge City High School)

9 a.m. Lumberton JV vs. Corsicana

10:30 a.m. Bridge City vs. Vidor

Noon Sabine Pass vs. Corsicana

1:30 p.m. Bridge City vs. Lumberton JV

3 p.m. Vidor vs. Sabine Pass

(At Orangefield High School)

9 a.m. LC-M vs. PN-G

10:30 a.m. Orangefield vs. Flower Mound

Noon LC-M vs. Anahuac

1:30 p.m. PN-G vs. Flower Mound

4:30 p.m. Orangefield vs. Anahuac