The Port Arthur News
The last time Travis Williams walked off the court and spoke to a Port Arthur News sports writer, his mood was sour.
His team had just lost 61-50 to the Ozen Panthers at the YMBL Tournament after showing no fire.
Tuesday night against the Nederland Bulldogs was a lot different as Memorial ran away with a 58-39 victory.
There was a stretch where it seemed senior point guard Torian Lott could do no wrong.
Lott poured in nine of his 19 points in the critical second period. The (6-3) Titans outscored the (4-4) Bulldogs 24-3 in the second and held a 33-20 lead at the break.
“Our defense picked it up there in second,” Lott said. “That allowed me to come down and hit some shots.”
Lott hit three, three-pointers in the second as the Titans went on an 11-0 run between the end of the first and start of the second to gain a 18-17 lead.
The last five points came when Lott had a beautiful catch-and-shoot right before Dorian Chatman got the best of Colton Weisbrod under the basket for two points.
Weisbrod finished the night with a game-high 24 points and seven rebounds.
Weisbrod had 12 points in the game’s first eight minutes as the Bulldogs opened a 10-2 and led 17-9 after the first.
“There was a little worry there in the first,” Williams said.
Williams did not have to worry about being in a sour mood all night long Tuesday.
His Titans never let the Bulldogs back in the game after the first period and kept the intensity throughout the game. Nederland turned the ball over 16 times in the contest compared to six for Memorial.
“This was a lot different than last weekend,” Williams said. “We worked on our intensity all Monday. As the head coach I had to wrok them on it and they responded. We needed this win because Nederland is a great ball club.”
Memorial was able to hold Weisbrod to seven points combined in the second and third periods.
“We just kept throwing fresh bodies at him,” Williams said. “We wore him down a little. He is a great player and it wasn’t easy.”
Nederland out-rebounded Memorial 29-19.
Lott’s sensational play continued through the third period. The period’s final points came from Lott who had his first attempt blocked. He caught the basketball in midair and he was able to put the ball back up and through the net.
“The basket looked real big there for a while,” Lott said. “It was like I was in practice.”
Lott knew exactly what it is going to take to make sure Memorial is able to play with full intensity for four periods. “Defense, defense, defense,” Lott said. “it helps with everything when we play defense. Then when our bigs get doubled it is up to the shooters to make shots and tonight we did that.”
Chatman finished with nine points for Memorial while both Ron Taylor and Joseph Williams each had 11 points. Williams added four rebounds.
Nederland got five points from Jace Miguez and four points from Deondre Frank.
Both teams will compete in the Bulldog Classic starting Thursday.
Memorial will face Lumberton at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and Nederland will face Alvin at 6 p.m.