PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

December 2, 2013

Basketball season takes center stage for area high schools

Gabriel Pruett
The Port Arthur News

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.



A Nederland win sets up a game against the North Shore/Little Cypress-Mauriceville winner at 3 p.m. Friday in the Montagne Center. If the Bulldogs lose Thursday Nederland tackles the North Shore/LC-M loser at 9 a.m. Friday in the Montagne Center.



LC-M plays North Shore at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in McDonald Gym.



Port Arthur Memorial goes up against Fort Bend Ridgepoint at 6 p.m. Thursday in McDonald Gym.



If Memorial wins the Titans, tangle with the Ozen/Lufkin winner at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the Montagne Center. If Memorial loses the Titans encounter the Ozen/Lufkin loser at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Montagne Center.



Ozen and Lufin square off at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in McDonald Gym.



Thursday’s other boys games in the YMBL Tournament will see Angleton vs. Fort Bend Hightower at 3 p.m. in McDonald Gym and Central vs. OP Walker High School out of New Orleans, La. at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in McDonald Gym.



The Memorial Lady Titans kick off their part of the YMBL Tournament at noon Thursday against Lufkin in the Montagne Center.



If Memorial wins, it must wait until 6 p.m. Friday to play again. The Lady Titans opponent will be decided between two games.



Sam Rayburn and Central play at 3 p.m. Thursday and Elkins and Lamar Consolidated play at 1:30 p.m. Friday with both games in the Montagne Center. The two winners of those two games meet at noon Friday and the winner of that game plays Memorial.



Thursday will also see Ozen vs. Westbury at 4:30 p.m., LaMarque vs. West Brook at 6 p.m. and Lumberton vs. OP Walker High School out of New Orleans, La. at 7:30 p.m. All those games are set for the Montagne Center.



The Lady Indians and Lady Bulldogs both compete in the Nederland Tournament starting on Thursday. Thursday and Friday will be pool play with round robin play on Saturday.

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