The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
If the two games between Port Arthur Memorial and Beaumont West Brook were not enough for basketball fans, get ready for a third battle between the District 21-5A rivals.
The Titans and Bruins are set to play at 7 p.m. Friday at Beaumont Ozen High School, with playoff seeding on the line. Memorial and West Brook both finished with 9-3 district records after wins on Tuesday. Memorial enters the game at 22-7 overall while West Brook is 20-8. The winner will face South Houston and the loser moves on to face Pearland in next week’s bi-district round.
Memorial and West Brook split a pair of games this season in district play with the Titans picking up a big win this past Friday at West Brook Gym.
The Titans defeated the Bruins, 60-54, with the help of a season-high 22 points from shooter Ron Taylor.
Memorial used a 13-0 run in the fourth to take control of the game and did an incredible job making free throws down the stretch.
The Titans were 11-for-12 from the charity stripe in the game’s final eight minutes.
Taylor got into a 3-point shooting contest with West Brook’s Rodney Brown. Brown finished with 15 points after draining four 3-pointers.
Dorian Chatman finished with 15 points and seven rebounds for Memorial while counterpart Michael Zeno had 10 points and five boards for the Bruins.
It was a big difference from the game the two teams played in the first round of district.
Memorial, who was coming off an embarrassing loss to Baytown Sterling, came out flat at home in what Coach Travis Williams called the 43-36 loss a tough game to watch.
“This one hurts the most,” Williams said after the game.
Memorial went into the game as the state’s No. 10 team after reaching as high as No. 7 the week before following a victory over North Shore. Then the wheels fell off against Sterling and the Bruins.
Memorial shot 32-percent in the first game against West Brook and only scored three points in the fourth period.
Zeno was the only player to score in double figures with 13 points to go with 11 rebounds. West Brook did not shoot much better than Memorial with a 36-percent shooting percentage.
There are plenty other games around the area to keep fans busy with girls teams in the second round and boys teams cranking up next week.
Bridge City’s Lady Cardinals will face West Sabine at 7:30 Friday at Channelview High School and the Ozen Lady Panthers are set to take on Georgetown East View at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Jersey Village High School. The Hardin-Jefferson Lady Hawks face LaMarque at 7 p.m. Thursday at Dayton High School.
In what should be a boys barnburner Friday night, No. 7 ranked West Orange-Stark and No. 11 Silsbee tangle in Memorial’s Gym for the No. 1 seed in District 21-3A. Silsbee topped the Mustangs Tuesday night at Lamar’s Montagne Center to earn a tie for the regular-season championship.
District 20-4A co-champ is scheduled to take on Kingwood Park at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Goose Creek Memorial. Central, which tied with Ozen, will fact Humble at a time and date to be announced.