BEAUMONT — Port Arthur Memorial is now 2-for-2 in revenge games.
The Titans avenged an earlier 43-36 loss to the Beaumont West Brook Bruins Friday with a 60-54 victory to force a second-place District 21-5A tie.
Memorial (21-7, 8-3) got a season and game-high 22 points from sharpshooter Ron Taylor who was trading shots with West Brook’s Rodney Brown.
Brown buried four 3-pointers in the third period and finished with 15 points.
This game was won in the fourth period behind a 13-0 Memorial run that erased a four-point Bruins (19-8, 8-3) lead and finished with the Titans up 58-49 with 15 seconds left on the clock.
Memorial big man Dorian Chatman had six points in the Titans run in the fourth period. He finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.
“I am not sure it was fully Memorial basketball but we are certainly headed back in the right direction,” Memorial coach Travis Williams said. “I am proud of these guys tonight. We hit some big shots. We played with great intensity tonight. And, we never quit. West Brook also hit some real big shots but our guys never gave up. It was a great game.”
There was a point in the third period when Taylor and Brown seemed to not miss and feed off the other shooter. Besides a bucket from West Brook’s Michael Zeno, Taylor and Brown combined for 23 straight points.
Taylor hit for 11 straight Memorial points while Brown had 12 points in the quarter.
It was a rare start for Taylor as Memorial was without several players who were suspended due to missing practice time. The Titans played with eight players against the Bruins.
“Starting or not starting, I just try to produce when I am on the court,” Taylor said. “This was a huge win because now we are tied for second. It has been a while since we have played like this. I think we just have not been playing as hard as we should each night. Tonight we got after it.”