PORT ARTHUR — The Thanksgiving holiday is over and it’s obvious that basketball is in full tilt throughout Southeast Texas.
Only one football team remains in the playoffs — the West Orange-Stark Mustangs who face Carthage Friday at the Thomas Center in Beaumont.
That means it is time to get serious about the hardwood sport for everyone else.
Ready or not, the girls of District 20-4A and District 21-3A begin league play starting tonight.
Nederland will be at home against Lumberton while the Port Neches-Groves Lady Indians hit the road to face Beaumont Ozen. Those games are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
Bridge City will be at West Orange-Stark while Orangefield’s Lady Bobcats will play host to Buna. The 21-3A games are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.
There are a couple of boys games on Tuesday to highlight. Beaumont Ozen faces Beaumont West Brook and Beaumont Central is at Silsbee. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
The Bridge City boys play play host to Deweyville at 6 p.m.
Then on Thursday get ready for a very full slate of games across several tournaments. The biggest tournament unfolds in Beaumont, with boys and girls games scattered across two gyms.
The Port Neches-Groves Indians open the YMBL Tournament at 9 a.m. Thursday with a game against Dallas South Oak Cliff in the Montagne Center.
If PN-G wins, the Indians play once again play in the Montagne Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the winner of the West Brook/West Orange-Stark game. The Mustangs and Bruins face off at noon Thursday in McDonald Gym.
If PN-G loses the Indians meet the Bruins/Mustangs loser at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Montagne Center.
Nederland tests Putnam High School out of Oklahoma City, Okla. at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Montagne Center.