The Associated Press
NEDERLAND – Coming off a third-place finish in the BISD YMBL South Texas Shootout, the Nederland boys basketball team will move into the host’s chair this week for the Bulldog Classic. Twelve teams will compete in the three-day event starting Thursday, with both Port Arthur Memorial and Port Neches-Groves playing alongside the Bulldogs.
The tournament will differ from the YMBL in format, as the Bulldog Classic will consist of four pools of three teams each who will play each other before Saturday’s championship bracket. The YMBL was a straight bracket tournament.
Teams will play pool games on Thursday and Friday with the first place teams competing in the Gold Bracket for the tournament championship and the second place teams competing for the Silver Bracket title.
In the event of a tie between teams in each pool, the first tiebreaker will be victory margin for the two games in pool play. If that is also a tie, the second tiebreaker will be points allowed.
In addition to Memorial and PN-G, Beaumont West Brook, West Orange-Stark, Silsbee and Hamshire-Fannett round out the area teams in the tournament. Joining those teams are the Houston Homeschool Christian Youth Association, Breaux Bridge Christian, Houston C.E. King, The Village and Katy Taylor.
Nederland’s Pool A consists of C.E. King and Hamshire-Fannett. Pool B contains HCYA, PN-G and West Brook while Pool C has The Village, Silsbee and Katy Taylor. Memorial rounds out Pool D with WO-S and Breaux Bridge Christian.
Memorial (3-5) and WO-S kick off the tournament on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Dog Dome. The Titans will then play Breaux Bridge Christian at 4:30 p.m. Friday. WO-S is 4-5 this season, having lost 62-52 to Nederland on Tuesday. Memorial is coming off a 49-44 loss to Beaumont Central on Tuesday.
The Mustangs went 1-2 in the YMBL, falling to Beaumont Ozen and Lufkin before beating PN-G. The Mustangs have already lost to Memorial this season, losing 58-43 on Nov. 23.
PN-G (1-5) will play West Brook at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and then HCYA at 3 p.m. Friday. The Indians picked up their first victory of the season Tuesday in a 59-51 win over Orangefield. West Brook also won on Tuesday, narrowly edging No. 1 Ozen 52-46.
The Bruins are 7-3 on the season and ended a two-game skid by beating Ozen. West Brook won its first two games in the YMBL against Lufkin and Ozen before falling to Dallas Madison in the semifinals and Nederland in the third place game.
No. 12 Nederland (6-3) wraps up the first day of games at 6 p.m. Thursday against Hamshire-Fannett and then wraps up the second day at 7:30 p.m. against C.E. King. Hamshire-Fannett is 5-5 this season and is coming off a 62-25 victory over Lumberton on Tuesday.
The Longhorns went 2-2 in the Big Sandy Tournament last weekend, beating Hardin and Anahauc while losing to Kountze and New Waverly. Nederland beat Hamshire-Fannett 83-34 on Nov. 20.
The Gold Bracket Championship game will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Bulldog Classic Schedule
Port Arthur Memorial vs. West Orange-Stark, 10:30 a.m.
HCYA vs. Beaumont West Brook, Noon
The Village vs. Silsbee, 1:30 p.m.
Breaux Bridge Christian vs. West Orange-Stark, 3 p.m.
Port Neches-Groves vs. West Brook, 4:30 p.m.
Nederland vs. Hamshire-Fannett, 6 p.m.
Katy Taylor vs. The Village, Noon
C.E. King vs. Hamshire-Fannett, 1:30 p.m.
PN-G vs. HCYA, 3 p.m.
Breaux Bridge Christian vs. PA Memorial, 4:30 p.m.
Katy Taylor vs. Silsbee, 6 p.m.
C.E. King vs Nederland, 7:30 p.m.
Pool C 2nd place vs Pool D 2nd place, 9 a.m.
Pool A 2nd place vs Pool B 2nd place, 10:30 a.m.
Pool C 1st place vs Pool D 1st place, Noon
Pool A 1st place vs Pool B 1st place, 1:30 p.m.
3rd place (Silver Bracket), 3 p.m.
1st place (Silver Bracket), 4:30 p.m.
3rd place (Gold Bracket), 6 p.m.
1st place (Gold Bracket) Championship, 7:30 p.m.
Bronze Bracket (All games in Competetion gym)
Pool C 3rd place vs Pool D 3rd place, 10:30 a.m.
Pool A 3rd place vs Pool B 3rd place, Noon
3rd place (Bronze Bracket), 3 p.m.
1st place (Bronze Bracket), 4:30 p.m.