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Denton Ryan tumbles Decatur

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Decatur Eagles could not overcome their offensive woes Saturday falling to Denton Ryan 40-36.

Decatur (1-2) was down 21-8 at the half and trailed by as much as 17 before starting to climb their way back into it.

“We are struggling offensively,” Decatur coach Drew Coffman said. “We are trying to implement some things. In the second half we tried to create more turnovers and get some points. It worked and got us back to within four.”

The Eagles outscored Denton Ryan 28-19 in the second half but couldn’t get enough shots to go down the stretch to complete the comeback.

Coffman says the offense will eventually come around.

“It’s new to the kids and will take some time,” Coffman said. “We just have to get used to running it and start making some shots.”

Parker Slate led the way for Decatur with 10, and Cain Lowe added eight. Cameron Mize and Taylor Clayton each poured in seven. Dallin Billmire and Christian Blaylock both finished with two.

With two tournaments coming up in the next two weeks the Eagles should get plenty of time on the court to help start bringing things together.

“We need to get in the gym and play,” Coffman said. “In the next two weeks we get a chance to play a lot of basketball.”

Decatur will compete in the Van Tournament this weekend and host their own tournament Dec. 6-8.

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