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Decatur pounds Springtown

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, December 21, 2013

After taking second place in their own tournament last weekend, the Decatur Eagles (12-3) kept going strong Tuesday night against Springtown.

Nice Game

NICE GAME – Decatur’s Austin Givens led the Eagles with 26 points Tuesday against Springtown. The Eagles rolled to a 77-40 win. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Eagles jumped out to an early lead and continued to build on it throughout the game for a 77-40 victory.

“We did some things well, and we created some things off our defense,” Decatur coach Drew Coffman said. “Whenever you do that you have a good chance to have some success. That’s kind of what we’ve lived off here recently.”

UP FOR GRABS – Decatur’s Cain Lowe fights for a rebound against Springtown Tuesday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Decatur jumped out to a 22-12 lead after one quarter, and led 43-20 at the half.

The Eagles kept the pressure up in the second half. The commanding lead allowed Coffman to let his football guys play most of the second half as they continue to get accustomed to the system.

“We got our football guys in that are still trying to learn things,” Coffman said. “It allowed them some time to get more familiar with things.”

One of those players, Austin Givens, has made a smooth transition from the football field to the court. The senior dominated the second half for the Eagles.

He opened the half up with a 3-pointer and scored 13 third-quarter points. Givens finished the night leading all scorers with 26.

“The last four games he’s [Givens] played the best I’ve ever seen him play,” Coffman said. “Hopefully with more confidence he’ll keep playing more and more like that.”

A Givens layup late in the third gave the Eagles a 58-28 advantage and they extended it to 64-30 by the end of the period.

Springtown scored eight of the first 12 points in the fourth quarter, before Decatur ended the game on a 9-2 run.

Coffman says his team is starting to come together, but they still have a lot to install.

“We have about half our play sheet put in right now, and our goal was to have it all put in before Christmas,” Coffman said. “I don’t know if we are going to be able to get there, but we are slowly but surely getting it all in.”

Phillip Walker and Cain Lowe each finished with 12. Paul Walker added 10.

Harry Boatman tossed in five.

Decatur travels to Fort Worth for the Whataburger Tournament Dec. 26-28.

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