, Port Arthur, Texas


December 3, 2010

Tribe falls to Walker, Dogs top Bears

BEAUMONT — BEAUMONT -- The Port Neches-Groves Indians basketball team made 15-of-20 from the free throw line and crawled back to within one point of New Orleans Perry Walker High School at the Montagne Center on Friday morning.

   The Indians' 8-2 run at the charity stripe had them trailing just 29-28 with 3:13 left in the contest. But that was as close as PN-G would come, as Perry Walker rattled off an 8-0 tear to take a 37-28 advantage and never looked back from there. New Orleans won the contest 43-29.

   Meanwhile, the Nederland Bulldogs baptized Little Cypress-Mauriceville with help from a big third quarter. The Bulldogs advanced their 30-25, halftime lead into a comfortable 49-31 cushion by the start of the fourth. They outscored LC-M 19-6 in that frame and ultimately seized a 61-36 victory, improving their season record to 4-2.

  Nederland will square off with Dallas Pinkston at 9:30 a.m. today in the Montagne Center. If the Dogs find their way past Pinkston, they will play again at 2 p.m. for the consolation title of the YMBL South Texas Shootout. Pinkston slipped into the loser's bracket after coming up short in a 45-42 decision against Port Arthur Memorial on Thursday. Pinkston bounced back on Friday with a 70-61 victory over Beaumont Central. 

  With their loss to New Orleans, PN-G falls to 1-4 on the year and will have it out with the Ozen Panthers at Ozen High School at 8 o'clock this morning. At the YMBL, Ozen has suffered losses to Dallas South Oak Cliff and Lufkin, while PN-G was sacked by West Brook on Thursday.

  In Friday's game, the Indians trailed 17-12 at the half but eventually tied the game at 19-19 midway through the third period. But New Orleans closed out the third frame with a 9-1 spurt to grab a 27-20 advantage.

  Brennan Doty led the Tribe with 11 points, and Connor Manuel had nine.

  Meanwhile, several Bulldogs contributed in their win over LC-M. Chris Cunningham led in scoring with 12 points. He hit a pair of treys in the third period. Freshman Colton Weisbrod followed Cunningham with 11 points. Weisbrod also matched senior Kelvin Smith in rebounds with six. Mike Mitchell had six points and four steals, and Zach English and Spencer Landry each nailed two 3-pointers apiece in the second half, which Nederland outscored the Bears 31-11.

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