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Decatur tames Indians

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, January 23, 2013

With their second straight district victory Friday, the Decatur Eagles found themselves tied for the top spot in District 9-3A. Decatur (16-8, 2-0) pulled away for a 61-42 victory over Sanger.

After leading 30-23 at the half, Decatur dominated the third quarter defensively, holding the Indians to four points in the frame.

NICE SAVE - Decatur's Phillip Walker dives to save the ball against Sanger Friday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

NICE SAVE – Decatur’s Phillip Walker dives to save the ball against Sanger Friday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Decatur took advantage on the other end of the court to expand their lead to 42-27.

“I hope it was our defense, but I don’t think they played as well as they normally do,” Decatur coach Drew Coffman said. “I will be an optimist and say it was our defense tonight.”

With a deep bench, the Eagles were able to maintain their advantage in the final eight minutes. Coffman said his team’s depth was a big difference in the game.

“Our bench did a great job tonight, and at times I thought they played better than our starters did,” Coffman said. “We are fortunate to have nine or ten guys that can really play so we have to utilize that.”

Facing a size disadvantage, the Eagles wanted to get out and run early. They opened the game on a 10-2 run, before the Indians started to rally back.

Sanger got to within 14-13 on a 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter and picked up their last lead of the night on another 3-pointer to open the second quarter.

Decatur’s defense took over from there, ending the first half on a 16-7 run.

“I thought our effort was great,” Coffman said. “They had a size advantage on us so we made the game as up-and-down as we could. Our kids did a good job of executing what we wanted.”

Taylor Clayton led the way for Decatur with 18, and Paul Walker had 15. Parker Slate added nine, and Austin Givens tossed in six. Cain Lowe and Cameron Mize each finished with four.

The Eagles will be back on the road Friday at Krum.

TOUGH DEFENSE - Decatur's Shayler Carlton and Parker Slate go in for the block against Sanger. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

TOUGH DEFENSE – Decatur’s Shayler Carlton and Parker Slate go in for the block against Sanger. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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