Bearcats trample Eagles in season opener

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, November 17, 2012
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The Class 3A Decatur Eagles opened up their season Tuesday with a 68-43 loss to the Class 4A Aledo Bearcats.

In their first game action, it was evident there is some rust to knock off with a new head coach and football just coming to an end.

HIGH FLYING – Decatur’s Cain Lowe guides in for a lay-up against Aledo Tuesday. The Eagles fell to the Bearcats, 68-43. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

“We were a little rusty,” Decatur coach Drew Coffman said. “It’s just going to take some time to get accustomed to every thing. Things are new to them so you can’t draw from anything in the past.”

Aledo jumped out to a 30-17 lead at the half and extended their lead to 52-31 at the end of the third quarter.

Even though it wasn’t a great result, Coffman is happy where his team is at this point.

“It’s a process, and it will take some time,” Coffman said. “We are improving and getting better. We just want to be playing our best basketball in January and February.”

Shayler Carlton missed the game due to a lingering knee injury, but was expected back at practice Friday. He should be back in the lineup Monday against Wichita Falls Rider.

Cain Lowe and Austin Givens led the way for Decatur with 12 points. Cameron Mize and Parker Slate each had seven. Taylor Clayton and Nate Mitchell each tossed in two, and Jared Durdon had one.

Aledo was led by Alex Riner with 14 and Taylor Johnson with 13.

Decatur will be back in action Monday against Class 4A WF Rider at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

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