PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

January 16, 2014

Lott done with losing at Memorial

Gabriel Pruett
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Torian Lott has seen it all during his four years on the hardwood at Port Arthur Memorial High School.

    There is one thing he is tired of seeing and knows must stop – losing.

    Lott and the Titans have dropped two straight District 21-5A games and are now 15-6 overall and 3-2 in the league standings, a game behind both West Brook and North Shore.

    This was not where Lott saw the season going, especially after the Titans won the James Gamble Classic and then beat North Shore.

    So where did it all start to go wrong?

    “The state ranking did get to us a bit,” Lott said, in reference to when the Titans were ranked No. 7 after beating North Shore. “There are a lot of teams in Texas and to be honored like that was great. It’s just a number though.”

    Lott said now all his focus will be on making sure there is no three-game losing streak in Memorial’s future. The Titans will look to right the ship tonight on the road against La Porte.

    “This falls on us seniors,” Lott added. “I know Coach (Travis Williams) said the losses are on him but we have to carry some of the weight too. We are the ones on the court, not him.”

    Lott is averaging 13 points per game this season and is a four-year starter for the Titans. Williams has been the coach of Memorial for the past three seasons.

    “The main thing about Torian that is great is he understands the system and what we expect,” Williams said. “He knows the defense and offense and is able to tell the other players on the court what we are about to do. That makes our jobs as coaches a lot easier. He understands the day-to-day tasks.”

    Lott calls the game of basketball his passion. He first picked up a basketball when he was 5-years-old and soon starting to play in a Little Dribblers program at the YMCA.

    His favorite player is Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat. He said whatever team Wade is on, that team would be his favorite team.

    There is one situation Wade is in that Lott wants no part in at the time. Wade and the Heat just lost their third game in a row on Wednesday night.

    “Two is far long enough,” Lott said. “It is time to get back to playing our game and winning some games. We can’t lose anymore. We are 15-6 and it should stay at six losses for the rest of the season.”

    Williams called Lott one of the biggest competitors he has ever coached. He does, though, at times need Lott to calm down when on the court.

    “Sometimes his emotions go a little overboard,” Williams added. “He competes every day, even in practice. If you compete hard, you will always be in line to win some games. He is going to have to be one of the guys to break us out of this losing streak.”