, Port Arthur, Texas


November 29, 2012

Port Arthur Memorial opens YMBL with overtime win over Wheatley



Memorial trailed by 14 after the first quarter, but slowly chipped into the Wheatley lead. A big part of the fourth quarter surge for Memorial was the play of sophomore post Dorian Chatman on senior Wildcat forward Tavario Miller.

The 6-foot-8 Miller has committed to Texas A&M and played well for three quarters. He came into the fourth quarter with 23 points and eight rebounds, adding a couple of powerful slam dunks for good measure.

Chatman, though, locked him down from that point forward. Miller shot just 2 for 7 from the floor in the fourth quarter and overtime, missing four straight shots in OT before making a layup in transition after a steal.

“In the second half, he did a good job,” Williams said. “That big guy is tough, he’s going to Texas A&M. Dorian is just a sophomore, so there’s plenty of room for him to grow.”

Chatman finished the game with 9 points and nine rebounds. Dennis finished with 10 points and six rebounds while Joseph Williams had 13 points, six rebounds and two steals. Miller led the Wildcats with 27 points and 10 rebounds.

In other games, the Nederland boys beat New Orleans Walker 56-52. The Bulldogs will play Silsbee at 3 p.m. Friday at the Montagne Center. Colton Weisbrod scored 19 points for Nederland and had nine rebounds, while Zach English had 16 points and eight rebounds. Teammate Jared Lorimier had 10 points and five rebounds.

The Port Arthur Memorial girls beat La Marque 60-55. The Lady Titans advance to face Humble Summer Creek Friday at 7:30 p.m. at McDonald Gym.

Port Neches-Groves lost to North Shore 68-33. The Indians will play Fort Bend Hightower at noon Friday at the Montagne Center.

Other scores from the YMBL


Beaumont Ozen 67, West Orange-Stark 52

Silsbee 58, Little Cypress-Mauriceville 53

Beaumont Central 68, Fort Bend Ridge Point 48

Dallas Madison 65, Fort Bend Hightower 51

Beaumont West Brook 43, Lufkin 26


Beaumont West Book 54, Lumberton 41

Fort Bend Elkins 59, Orangefield 48

Hardin-Jefferson 45, Dayton 40

Beaumont Central 62, Pasadena Sam Rayburn 43

New Orleans Walker 38, Galveston Ball 25

Humble Summer Creek 53, Hempstead 3

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  • 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 You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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