After a heartbreaking loss to Gainesville, a trip to Krum appeared to be just what the Decatur Eagles needed Friday. They dominated from start to finish in a 72-32 runaway victory.
“This was the best we have played all year,” Decatur coach Drew Coffman said. “I understand that 40-point victories don’t come easy at Krum with the tradition they have.
“If we can win Tuesday we are in the playoffs, and then we can start fighting for position.”
An early 2-0 lead would be the only advantage Krum would have the entire game. Decatur held a 12-10 lead at end of the first quarter, but Krum tied things at 12-12 early in the second period until the Eagles took over.
Decatur ended the first half on a 22-6 run to take control of the game.
The third quarter was even more dominant for the Eagles. Decatur scored the first 13 points of the period and outscored the Bobcats 19-5 in the frame.
“Our pressure gave them some problems, and the turnovers turned into some easy buckets for us,” Coffman said about the second-half performance.
Decatur was able to cruise down the stretch for a blowout victory that doesn’t come very often at a place known for great basketball.
Krum is still winless in district play, but was very competitive in their three other district losses.
“They’ve lost three games by a combined seven points, so I give our kids a lot of credit,” Coffman said. “The Tuesday night loss [to Gainesville] bothered them, and we had two good days of work, and you could tell we were ready to play tonight.”
The Eagles were led by Cameron Mize with 16 and Austin Givens with 14. Shayler Carlton finished with eight. Nate Mitchell and Cain Lowe each added seven.
Krum was led by Tyler Starnes with eight, and Zack Hughes had six.
The Eagles will have an open date Friday before hosting Sanger Tuesday.