Even though he was limited by foul trouble, Dorian Chatman was able to make his presence felt. The sophomore helped anchor a tough Port Arthur Memorial defense in a 55-38 victory over West Orange-Stark Thursday to kick off the Bulldog Classic.
For Memorial, it was a much-needed victory, as the Titans move back close to .500 at 4-5.
“We played hard,” Memorial head coach Travis Wiliams said. “I want us to get up and down a little bit more, but a win’s a win. We needed one, so now we can get ready for our next opponent. It’s a lot easier to correct things when we win.”
Chatman had 11 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and two steals in the game, despite sitting on the bench for big stretches of the second and third quarters. Even without him, the Titans played great help defense, limiting West Orange-Stark to no field goals in the first quarter and 32 percent shooting from the field for the game.
Memorial outscored WO-S 13-4 in the first quarter, but the Mustangs responded with a 6-1 run to start the second. Memorial put the brakes on that, however, and turned it into a 15-7 run to finish the quarter.
Memorial’s offense was efficient all game, limiting turnovers and improving on its team free throw percentage. Memorial only had 11 turnovers in the game and just six after the first quarter.
“When Dorian gets in foul trouble, it kind of hurts us size-wise,” Williams said. “We’ll take it and go to there. We just take what’s given to us and go from there.”
The Titans also used a team effort to outrebound the Mustangs (4-6) 34-12. Chatman had a game-high 10 rebounds, but nine different Titans had at least two boards. Point guard Torian Lott and forward Joseph Williams each had four rebounds while Antoine Malveaux had six.
“The last three games, we were outrebounded like crazy,” Williams said. “We made a conscious effort in practice to work on boxing out and our free throws. Those have hurt us in a couple of our losses.”
Lott and West Orange-Stark’s Laquarious Paige tied with a game-high 13 points. Lott added one assist and three steals while Paige had nine rebounds and one steal.
Albert Jacobs had nine points, three assists and three steals for Memorial while Ron Taylor had eight points, two rebounds and one assist. Brandon Joubert was the only other player in double-figures, scoring 11 points in the second half for WO-S.
Memorial will play Breaux Bridge Christian at 4:30 p.m. Friday while WO-S played Breaux Bridge at 3 p.m. Thursday.
In other action, Nederland (7-3) beat Hamshire-Fannett in the night cap 72-42. The Bulldogs exploded for 43 points in the second half and 24 points in the third quarter alone. Nederland led by nine points at halftime, but extended that over 20 by outscoring the Longhorns 24-6 in the third.
Colton Weisbrod led all scorers with 24 points. Teammate Jared Lorimier had 13 while Zach English had 10. Jordan Brown led Hamshire-Fannett with 13 points.
Port Neches-Groves (1-6) fell to Beaumont West Brook 46-43. The Indians will play HCYA at 3 p.m. Friday. If the Indians beat HCYA by 7 points or more, they will get the top seed from their pool. To get the second seed from their pool, PN-G needs to win or lose by two points or less. Other scores:
HCYA 61, Beaumont West Brook 52
The Village 75, Silsbee 56
West Orange-Stark 94, Breaux Bridge Christian 33
TODAY’S CLASSIC GAMES
Katy Taylor vs. The Village, Noon
C.E. King vs. Hamshire-Fannett, 1:30 p.m.
PN-G vs. HCYA, 3 p.m.
Breaux Bridge Christian vs. PA Memorial, 4:30 p.m.
Katy Taylor vs. Silsbee, 6 p.m.
C.E. King vs Nederland, 7:30 p.m.