The Port Arthur News
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.”
Taylor and Brown’s great shooting performance came to an end in the third with the Bruins nursing a 45-43 lead heading into the fourth period.
“Ron’s a shooter and with a guy like that you just let it fly,” Williams said. “There are times a player might be shooting too much and as a coach you have to slow them down. A shooter has to know you have confidence in him so tonight he had the green light.”
The Bruins took a four-point lead early in the fourth behind baskets from Zeno and Jordan Green.
West Brook would not score again until a 3-pointer from Brown with 15 seconds remaining in the game.
Memorial was able to push past West Brook in the fourth by going 11-for-12 from the free throw line in the game’s final eight minutes.
Torian Lott was 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in the quarter to pick up all the points he had in the game. Darren Williams had all five of his points in the fourth and he was 3-for-4 from the free throw line when it mattered the most.
Memorial held a slim 16-13 lead after the first period. Taylor started out on fire and had eight points to open the game.
The Titans were up 29-28 at the break as Chatman had five points in the second period.
West Brook’s Jordan Green, who finished with 13 points, had six points in the second off two 3-pointers.
“I wanted us relaxed tonight and we were for the entire game,” Williams said. “I thank the Lord for this one. We needed a big win like this. It has been a while for us.”
Memorial shot less and better than West Brook for the game. The Titans were 19-for-44 from the field for 43-percent shooting.
The Bruins were 21-for-55 shooting for 38-percent.
Zeno finished with 10 points and five boards for the Bruins.
Memorial was able to overcome 13 turnovers in the game compared to nine for West Brook.
Memorial earlier this week avenged one of its other district losses by defeating Baytown Sterling on Tuesday, 63-47.
The Titans finish off the regular season Tuesday with a home game against La Porte.
Memorial 16 13 14 17 – 60
West Brook 13 15 17 9 – 54
Memorial: Ron Taylor 22; Dorian Chatman 15. West Brook: Rodney Brown 15, Jordan Green 13, Michael Zeno 10.