MONT BELVIEU — “I told the players to remember this feeling and get back to work. Does it hurt? Yeah. Am I mad? No, I’m not mad, because of the effort they gave in this game. As a coach, you never want to lose your last game.”
All that fell apart in the third, as Memorial lost its momentum after halftime. The Oilers came out and immediately pounded it inside to 6-foot-6 senior post Jay Hedgeman, who took an entry pass, laid it in and picked up a foul. That turned a 15-14 Memorial lead into a 16-15 Pearland advantage, kick-starting a 13-0 run by the Oilers to open the third.
Memorial stemmed the tide in the fourth, with Torian Lott scoring seven unanswered points by himself to pull the Titans within eight. However, that’s as close as the Titans got, as Pearland hit its free throws down the stretch and held off the Titans to advance to the area round.
Memorial was led in scoring by sophomore post Dorian Chatman, who had 11 points, four rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Chatman was the only Titan in double-figures but teammate TreVaughn Dennis added eight points, five rebounds and two blocks.
Lott scored all seven of his points in that fourth-quarter stretch while junior guard Albert Jacobs had six points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.
Memorial’s defense held Pearland’s leading scorer Cameron Reynolds scoreless on the night. Pearland was led by Brandon Sneed and Devon Begley, each of whom scored 10 points.
The Titans played good defensively all night, holding Pearland to 38 percent shooting in the game and just 2 for 11 shooting from behind the arc.
That defensive effort will serve the Titans well next season, but they need to get better on the offensive end as well.
“We held them to 49 points and they scored 26 of them in the third,” Williams said. “In our district, we were ranked No. 2 in defense. We held teams to a 38 percent field goal percentage. That’s not bad. If we can get some scoring and hold people to 45-48 points, we’ll be in business. Hopefully, we can work on things in the offseason and get more efficient offensively.”