PREP ROUNDUP: Double-doubles push Bulldogs past Panthers

Published 12:21 am Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The News staff reports and The Orange Leader

NEDERLAND — Three years of consecutive defeats against Beaumont ISD teams are now in the rear window of the Nederland boys basketball team.

Darrell Jones and Kevin Howard each finished with double-doubles, powering the Bulldogs to a 69-56 win over Ozen on Tuesday night. It was Nederland’s first win over a Beaumont ISD team since Jan. 17, 2014, when the Bulldogs won at Central.

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The Bulldogs (23-8, 6-4 in 22-5A) capitalized on a strong defensive game by shooting the ball well. Jones had 26 points and 11 rebounds, and Howard finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Hayden Hefner had 15 points and Jonathan Rayford threw in nine.

“We played hard and got over the hump,” Nederland coach Brian English said. “We didn’t get close, we won big. I’m proud of them.”

Courtland Pender led Ozen (17-8, 7-3) with 21 points, and Tyler Broussard added 10. The Panthers played without coach Marquis Saveat for a third straight game as the Beaumont ISD placed him on administrative leave pending an investigation into missing funds from a Thanksgiving-break tournament.

Ozen is still a game ahead of Nederland for third place in District 22-5A, but the Panthers’ chances of winning a district championship are now hindered with four games remaining.

Nederland visits PNG on Friday.


In Port Arthur, Memorial (21-5, 9-1 in 22-5A) held Lumberton to single-digit scoring in three periods Tuesday and got three scorers in double figures.

Thailan Wesley led the Titans with 21 points. Jyson Butler totaled 17 and Bishop James had 16.

Memorial held a 37-11 halftime lead, holding Lumberton (7-18, 2-8) to four points in the first quarter and seven each in the second and fourth periods.


SABINE PASS — A strong second half on defense and 34 points by Jamyus Jones gave Sabine Pass (7-15, 2-3 in 24-2A) separation from Hull-Daisetta in a big district win.

Jones made 12 of 20 field goals and 7 of 9 free threws. Daniel Sam added 20 points, shotting 9 of 17 from the floor.

The Sharks outscored H-D 35-15 in the second half.

VIDOR 54, PNG 47

VIDOR — The Pirates (2-8 in 22-5A) earned their second straight victory after an 0-8 start to district play behind 16 points each from Gage Galloway and Maverick Quirante.

T.J. Jordan made four three-point baskets in the first period and finished with 16 points to lead PNG (6-18, 2-8), which is tied with Vidor and Lumberton at the bottom of the district standings. Jordan hit a fifth trey in the third quarter.

Also for PNG, Hunter Curtis scored 12 and Bailey Broom scored 11.

Vidor led 28-26 at halftime, but PNG clung to a 35-34 lead through three periods.


LITTLE CYPRESS — The Bears (19-11, 5-1 in 22-4A), in second-place in the district race, set the tone early against the Cardinals (12-10, 2-4), who started the game ice-cold.

The Bears controlled the ball and the clock throughout most of the first quarter and led 7-2 at the end of the period and led throughout the entire game as the Cardinals were continuously tried to play catchup.

Katon Brown had another double-double for the Bears, scoring 12 points while snagging a game-high 10 rebounds.

Forward Justyn Romero paced the Cardinal arsenal with 11 points and nine rebounds while guard Brandon Vela tallied eight points.


SILSBEE — The Silsbee Tigers, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A and in first-place in the District 22-4A race, downed the Orangefield Bobcats 131-47 at Tiger Gym Tuesday night.

The Tigers (23-5, 6-0) outscored the Bobcats (9-14, 1-5) 66-19 in the first half to cruise to the victory.

Caleb Kress led the Bobcats with 14 points. Aven Lathrop and Wesley Frillou added six points apiece.

Zaxh Dischler had five points,six rebounds and five assists.

Also Tuesday: West Orange-Stark 83, Hamshire-Fannett 48.



BRIDGE CITY — The game was hard fought and went back and forth all night until the exciting conclusion.

Kassidy Wilbur, for the Cardinals, lead the team in points with 12 points.  Hannah Wiegreffe also had seven of her own to help the Cardinals win.

The win pushes the Lady Cardinals to 3-5 in 22-4A play while the Lady Bears slipped to 4-4.


ORANGEFIELD — The Lady Bobcats, 5-3 and still in second-place in 22-4A, led the Lady Tigers, 8-0 in district, 24-23 at the end of the first quarter and 40-34 at intermission.

However, the Lady Tigers erupted on a 27-11 run in the third quarter to snag a 61-51 edge.

The Lady Bobcats battled hard in the fourth quarter, outscoring Silsbee 17-11 but came up just a little short.

Faith Fregia definitely had the hot hand for Orangefield as she filtered in 27 points to go along with five rebounds while Emmi Lummus had eight points, four steals and three rebounds.

The Lady Bobcats will visit LC-M Friday.

Post Cameron Choate had a huge night for the Lady Bobcats. She notched a double-double, scoring 21 points while grabbing 11 rebounds and had three assists.



LUMBERTON — A goal with 2:52 left in regulation for Lumberton forced overtime, and the Raiders outpoined the Titans in a shootout to come away with a win.

Lumberton led 1-0 at halftime, but Memorial (1-7, 1-1 in 22-5A) evened the score with a Cristian Lua goal off a Miguel Rangel assist with 20:07 left. Sergio Sanchez put the Titans ahead with 13:28 left on an unassisted goal.

The Titans had 10-6 advantage on shots on goal. Saul Ayon came up with 13 saves in the loss.

Gilbert Munguia and Sanchez scored the shootout goals for Memorial, which hosts Central on Friday.


LAFAYETTE, La. — Bob Hope took on the nation’s second-ranked soccer team at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and St. Paul’s of Covington lived up to the hype.

Bob Hope trailed 3-0 at the half as the goaltender went down with an injury, but the Eagles didn’t go away easily has St. Paul’s had beaten bigger schools by similar scores.


VIDOR 0 (3), PNG 0 (1)

VIDOR — Port Neches-Groves took 30 shots on goal to Vidor’s five, but was outscored after a scoreless regulation in taking its first defeat of the season.

“My defense did a good job of limiting the time they were back there,” PNG coach Aimee Bates said. “Things just weren’t quite going our way.”

Kenzie Bigham made the only score for PNG. Libbie LeJeune made two saves for the Indians (8-1-1, 1-1 in 22-5A).

PNG hosts Nederland on Friday.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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