, Port Arthur, Texas


January 14, 2014

Bruins put Titans down

PORT ARTHUR — This was not the type of performance Travis Williams was looking for out of his Port Arthur Memorial Titans following last Friday’s loss at Baytown Sterling.

Memorial fell 43-36 to Beaumont West Brook on night the Titans did not seem to show much intensity on either side of the ball.

“This one hurts the most,” Williams said. “All losses hurt but we always talk about staying perfect at home. Now every game is crucial.”

The Titans now find themselves 3-2 in District 21-5A play, a game behind the Bruins who are now 4-1. Memorial and West Brook are both 15-6 overall.

Memorial will likely lose its spot in the TABC state rankings. The Titans started the week No. 10.

The Titans entered last week No. 7 in the state after defeating No. 2 North Shore on Jan. 3. It was the last time the Titans have won a game.

“It isn’t embarrassing but the losses are really starting to hit home,” Dorian Chatman said. “We have all played basketball together since we were little kids. We know we are capable of much more than this.”

Chatman finished with eight points and six rebounds Tuesday night. He was 4-for-13 from the field and did not make a basket in the second half.

Memorial as a team was 14-for-43 from the field and could only muster up three points in the fourth period.

The Titans had a 33-29 lead heading into the fourth after ending the third period on a 5-0 run.

After two West Brook free throws, Albert Jacobs hit a shot to make it 35-31 Titans early in the last frame. It would be the last bucket for Memorial in the game.

The Titans would not score again until there was 1:12 remaining on the clock. that is when Joseph Williams hit 1-of-2 free throws to close Memorial to within 37-36.

The Bruins scored thegame’s final six points.

“If we don’t take care of business Friday night at La Porte we will finish the first half of district 3-3,” Williams said.

“We don’t want the kids to start doubting themselves. West Brook simply made more plays than we did. It is easier said than done but we have to start taking it one day at a time.”

Williams led the Titans with nine points on 5-for-7 shooting.

West Brook’s Michael Zeno, who is headed to the University of New Orleans after graduation, was the only player in the game to score in double digits.

Zeno finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. He was 3-for-15 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free throw line.

Zeno was 0-for-5 shooting in the third before he scored 10 points in the game’s final eight minutes.

West Brook’s 14 points in the fourth quarter was a far cry from their five points in the third period.

Memorial’s offense was very consistent through the first three periods, scoring 11 points in each frame.

West Brook grabbed a 24-22 lead at half when Jarmin Savoy hit his only shot of the night, a three-pointer at the buzzer before the break.

Memorial then went on a 6-0 run to open the third period to lead 28-24. The Bruins then responded with a 5-0 run to take a 29-28 lead. They were the only points West Brook scored in the quarter. The Bruins shot 2-for-13 in the third period.

West Brook was 15-for-41 shooting in the game. Rickey Guillory had nine points for West Brook while Hastin Dugas had eight points. Jordan  Green was 3-for-11 from the field and finished with seven points.

Memorial’s defense at times showed life and the Titans did force 16 turnovers.

The problem was the Titans did not seem to get many points off the turnovers in transition.

“Anytime you lose two district games in a row human nature starts to kick in,” Williams said.

“Your confidence gets a little shaken. We are going to try to remind them of the winning ways we had not long ago. I just hope they believe in it.”

 Jacobs finished with five points on 2-for-7 shooting. Torian Lott was held to two points on 1-for-7 shooting.

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