PORT ARTHUR —
Lackluster. Uninspired. Pathetic.
Those are just a few of the words Port Arthur Memorial coach Travis Williams was heard saying after Saturday’s 63-47 victory over Channelview.
The only thing Williams was happy about was the fact Memorial won the game and clinched a playoff spot. Memorial is now 18-6 overall and 6-2 heading into Tuesday’s showdown against North Shore. The Titans defeated North Shore, 78-72, on Jan. 3.
“We are not playing Memorial basketball,” Williams said. “We all need to get better, myself included and every player. We can’t blame it on playing on Saturday. We must adjust and adapt. That is an excuse, not a reason.”
Torian Lott finished the game with a game-high 17 points, 15 coming in the fourth period.
Memorial only resembled a fraction of what Memorial looked like in early January in the fourth.
The Titans poured in 23 points in the fourth and forced six of its 22 turnovers.
Poor shooting throughout the game was a common theme for Memorial as the Titans shot 37-percent for the game on 19-for-52 shooting.
Dorian Chatman, who left the game in the fourth with an ankle injury, did not make a basket until the fourth period and finished with 11 points. To his credit, many times Chatman touched the ball the Falcons (1-8) decided to foul the big man instead of giving up a layup. Chatman added 10 rebounds to complete a double-double. He officially only took four shots in the game and made two baskets.
The game seemed like a no-brainer for Memorial after the first period with the Titans up 17-7 even though the home team was 4-for-13 from the field.
Ron Taylor had knocked down two 3-pointers and Tre’Vaughn Dennis added five points in the frame. Dennis finished with 15 points and Taylor added 10. Darren Williams had four of his seven points in the first period. He also finished with five rebounds.
Channelview closed the Memorial lead down to four points at 19-15 with 4:56 left in the first half.
It forced Williams to take a timeout and at least for a few, the Titans responded.
Memorial ended the second period on an 11-3 run to build a 30-18 halftime lead.
The Falcons outscored the Titans 12-10 in the third as Memorial was 3-for-14 from the field. Dennis had two of the baskets and Lott mixed in his first points of the game. Lott was 0-for-5 in the first half.
The Titans took over early in the fourth and started the period with a 9-0 run, seven of the points coming from Lott. He buried a 3-pointer and was 4-for-4 from the line in the run.
Despite the late flurry, Williams knows his team has a tall-task on its hands when taking on North Shore Tuesday.
“There was no intensity today,” Williams said. “None. I am not sure what it is. The only good to come out of this is we won and secured a playoff spot. We told them six wins would get that job done and it did. I don’t know what it is going to take to get back on track. First thing we need to do is get back to work. Work on everything we can to fix the problem.”
The Titans are are 3-2 since beating North Shore and reaching No. 7 in the state with losses to Baytown Sterling and West Brook.
Channelview’s Trevaughn Watson finished with a team-high 15 points to go with seven rebounds. Andre Emile added nine points and eight rebounds.
Chatman was seen after the game with ice on his ankle and was walking on his own. He said he would be OK for Tuesday.
Memorial outrebounded Channelview 31-23 for the game.
PORT ARTHUR —
Lackluster. Uninspired. Pathetic.
Bassmaster Elites are coming back
The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
• Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
• East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
• Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
• Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at email@example.com. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)
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