PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

February 14, 2014

Lott’s 21 points paces PAM to second seed

Gabriel Pruett
The Port Arthur News

BEAUMONT — Both Port Arthur Memorial coach Travis Williams and senior Torian Lott knew it was only a matter of time.

 There was no way Lott would stay ice cold shooting.

 Lott found his stroke at the best time for the Titans who defeated the Beaumont West Brook Bruins, 62-50, at Ozen’s gym. Memorial (23-7) enters next week’s 5A bidistrict round against South Houston as District 21-5A’s second place team.

 South Houston and Memorial will square off at 8 p.m. Tuesday at East Chambers High School. District 21-5A fans can first check out the Bruins (21-9) who face Pearland at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the same gym.

 There were two stories out of Memorial’s win against West Brook.

 First was the shooting of Lott. Lott was 6-for-11 from the field and was superb from behind the arc as he finished 4-for-5 on three throws.  He was 5-for-6 from the free throw line ih the fourth period.

 “Tonight felt wonderful,” Lott said. “The rhythm started to come back and it only got better as the game went along. This was a huge win.   It was more important how well we played. We came in and played great defense and our energy level stayed high all game.”

 Williams eluded to what it would take for Lott to get out the funk in a Friday story in The News. He wanted Lott to keep shooting.

 “I really am just happy for him,” Williams said Friday. “There was nobody who took this cold shooting streak harder than Torian himself. He is a senior and he didn’t want to go out shooting like this. He is too great a shooter to keep missing. He has worked so hard at it over the last few weeks and he will continue to do so because that is Torian.”

 A statistic staying high throughout the entire game was the second major story from the game. It was the presence of Memorial big man Dorian Chatman.

 Chatman stayed in single digits in scoring with nine points but that is not what he will be remembered for in this one.

 Chatman blocked nine West Brook shots in the game. He had four blocks with 2:34 left in the first period and picked up his fifth one five seconds later.

 Chatman, who also had seven rebounds, got his seventh block in the first half with 5:26 on the clock.

 Chatman also did a great job when it came to defending University of New Orleans signee and West Brook big man Michael Zeno.

 Zeno only had four points going into the fourth period but then inherited a lot of space down low when Chatman was called for his third foul late in the third.

 Chatman then did not start the fourth and Zeno quickly went to work inside the paint. Zeno finished with nine points in the fourth, five off three throws and two off baskets near the rim.

 “Dorian not only can block shots but he has the ability to alter shots every time down the court,” Williams said. “It was an obvious difference when he had to come out.”

 The Titans were up 11 at the half, 31-20, but West Brook cut the lead to 39-33 late in the third.

 Lott had a very different idea on how the game would look to start the fourth. Lott ripped his third 3-pointer of the game and Memorial nursed a 9-point advantage after three periods.

 The Titans put the game away early in the fourth with a quick three points from Joseph Williams and Lott’s final trey of the evening to give Memorial a 48-35 lead.

 West Brook shot a dismal 31 percent from the field Friday on 15-for-49 shooting. The Titans were 20-for-34 from the field for 59 percent shooting.