The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
All four area basketball teams still playing should’ve had a little pep in their step on Wednesday. Tuesday night’s games made things more interesting down the stretch for the Port Arthur Memorial, Port Neches-Groves and Nederland boys.
Nederland’s 50-45 overtime victory over Ozen on Tuesday threw the Bulldogs into a second-place tie with the Panthers and leaves them just a game behind Central with two to play. Nederland (24-8, 10-2) will host Lumberton at 7:30 p.m. Friday before traveling to Central next Tuesday to finish up district play.
If Nederland wins out, the Bulldogs will clinch a share of the 20-4A title and possibly force a three-way tie at the top of the league. The Bulldogs are searching for their fourth straight district title and have already locked up a fourth straight trip to the playoffs.
PN-G (11-17, 6-6), on the other hand, should be very interested in the outcome of Friday’s game at Nederland. The Indians are tied with Lumberton at 6-6 after the Raiders lost to LC-M on Tuesday.
With Lumberton playing Nederland and Ozen in its final two games, there is a good chance that the Indians just need one victory in their final two games to reach the postseason for the second time in three seasons.
The Indians will have a chance to pick up that all-important win Friday when they travel to Beaumont Ozen at 7:30 p.m. PN-G lost to Ozen earlier this season 47-44 on a last-second 3-pointer.
The Port Arthur Memorial boys have an opportunity to make a run at second place in 21-5A. The Titans are tied with Beaumont West Brook and Channelview at 7-3 and host the Bruins at 7 p.m. Friday in a pivotal game for playoff seeding.
Memorial (17-11, 7-3) beat West Brook 59-50 earlier this season. The Bruins are coming off a 50-41 loss to North Shore on Tuesday, which dropped them into a three way tie for second place.
The Memorial girls are still waiting on their seeding, after three teams finished in a first-place tie in 21-5A. The Lady Titans won a flip and received a bye in the two-game seeding tournament. They will face the winner of North Shore and Channelview at 7 p.m. Friday at Baytown Sterling.
Because of district bylaws, Memorial won’t know which seed it actually gets until after the game has been decided. Obviously, if the Lady Titans win, they’ll lock up the top seed from the district. But, if Memorial loses, it will have to flip with the loser of the first game to see who gets the second and third seeds.