Eagles crash Peaster, 50-44

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, December 15, 2012
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Like the Lady Eagles, the Decatur Eagles held on for an exciting victory Tuesday night.

FINGER ROLL – Taylor Clayton puts up a one handed shot Tuesday against Peaster. The Eagles won 50-44. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Peaster climbed their way back to within two late in the game, but key free throws allowed Decatur (7-6) to hold on for a 50-44 win.

“We played pretty well in the first half,” Decatur coach Drew Coffman said. “We didn’t play as well as I would have liked in the second half, but were able to pull it out down the stretch.”

The Eagles took a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. Their defense and transition game immediately took over to begin the second. Decatur created three straight turnovers to start the quarter and turned them each into easy buckets. They extended their lead to 16-7 less than a minute into the quarter.

“We found a lot about ourselves tonight,” Coffman said. “Our fast break and transition game are really good. We are playing good defense. It’s our half-court offense that is hurting. We have to put ourselves in position to make plays and we’ll address that situation and work on it.”

The Eagles continued to use their defense to create offense as they held on down the stretch for the victory.

Parker Slate led Decatur in scoring with 14 and Philip Walker tossed in 10. Taylor Clayton and Cain Lowe each finished with eight.

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