Experienced Trojans drive out Titans in 6A

Published 12:19 am Wednesday, February 24, 2016

MONT BELVIEU — The Port Arthur Memorial Titans first season under coach Kenneth Coleman came to an end Tuesday.

The South Houston Trojans eliminated the Titans 80-56 in the first round of the Class 6A Region III playoffs at Barbers Hill High School. Memorial (13-15) had a major problem scoring around the rim against South Houston (24-9). The Titans were 13 of 24 from inside the paint and also finished 3 of 21 shooting behind the arc.

“We missed layups and assignments,” Coleman said. “You are in the playoffs and that is a good team. They were fighting for first in their district.”

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The Trojans were on fire while the Titans were struggling to make a shot. South Houston finished shooting 57 percent for the game and was 4 of 9 from behind the three-point line.

South Houston scored 40 points in the paint and Zach Miller led the Trojans with 19 points.

Memorial’s David Torres brought the Titans back into the game with a basket in the third to pull within 40-32. The Trojans responded with a 12-0 run.

Darion Chatman stopped the bleeding for the Titans, but the damage was already done. Chatman shot 3 of 10 in the contest and finished with eight points.

The Titans had only two players in double figures with Deon Williams leading the way with 14 points. Reao Keller put in 10 points for Memorial.

Memorial entered the fourth down 54-39. The Trojans shut down any chance of a Titans comeback by outscoring Memorial 26-17 in the final frame.

Drayln Brown also hit double digits for the Trojans with 13 points while teammate Terrell Washington finished with 12 and Daniel Johnson had 10 points.

The loss was painful for Coleman and he made no excuses for the early exit. He is ready though to have a full offseason with the Titans heading into next season, something he did not have this year.

The Titans lose only six of the 16 players listed on the team’s roster to graduation.

“I am excited to get these players for a full year this offseason,” Coleman said. “That was really missing this season. We have a lot of young guys coming back, so of course I am excited about the future here at Memorial.”


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Gabriel Pruett has worked with both the Port Arthur News and Orange Leader since 2000. A majority of the time has been spent covering all aspects of Southeast Texas high school sports. Pruett's claim to fame is...being able to write his own biographical information for this website.

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