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Eagles look to avenge last year’s loss

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, February 25, 2012

MOTIVATING FACTOR - Decatur's Caleb Hogan has kept a copy of last year's article about the Eagles' loss to Hirschi above his locker. The Eagles met the Huskies again Friday in the area round of the playoffs. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Above his locker, Caleb Hogan has a picture of Wichita Falls Hirschi’s Marcus Foster dunking on the Eagles during last year’s Class 3A Region I area-round loss.

”It’s been motivation for me all year,” Hogan said. “Last year meant something to me. Them beating us ruined a great year and left a bad taste in my mouth.”

Hogan hoped for a bit of payback Friday as the Eagles took on Hirschi at Bridgeport in the Class 3A Region I area round for a second straight year.

“This is what I wanted,” Hogan said. “I want to beat them so bad.”

Decatur (23-9) and Hogan earned the opportunity to face the District 6-3A champions with a 65-39 win over Glen Rose Tuesday in bi-district. Brown said his team realizes the challenge they face against the 22-6 and state-ranked Huskies.

“We’re excited to be in the situation we are in,” Brown said. “We look forward to the opportunity. They are a great team.”

Foster leads the Huskies, scoring 24.2 points per game along with 9.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

“There’s been a lot of great players come through Wichita Falls, and he’s one of the best,” Brown said. “He has all the tools. He can defend, shoot the three and is extremely athletic. He’s a Division I player.”

Along with the junior Foster, Hirschi has 6-5 forward Terry Fields, who is averaging 16.1 points and 11.3 rebounds.

Brown said the Eagles needed to shut down the dribble penetration from Hirschi’s guards to slow down Fields.

“Their team is so quick, and their guards pull your posts off Fields,” Brown said. “We have to stop their dribble penetration and rebound. We have to keep their guards out of the lane and not give up easy buckets.”

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