The Decatur Eagles made quick work of their cross-county rival Friday. After a close first quarter, Decatur (15-8, 1-0) dominated Bridgeport (13-11, 0-1) the next two periods en route to a 64-36 victory.“You never know how they are going to handle this situation [the rivalry] and for the most part we handled it pretty well,” Decatur coach Drew Coffman said. “In the fourth quarter we kind of went through a lull where we didn’t play as well as we could, but for the most part we did a pretty good job.” Leading 13-9 after the opening quarter, Decatur began to dominate on both ends of the court. The Eagles went on a 13-2 run in the first six minutes of the second quarter and extended their lead to 28-15 at the half.
“We started out pretty good, but we didn’t execute very well on offense or defense after that,” Bridgeport coach Brian Miller said. “They did a good job on defense of taking us out of what we do, and we kind of let them dictate the game.”
Decatur continued to build their lead in the second half, building a 20-point advantage three minutes into the third frame.
Coffman had been concerned about his team’s half-court offense, but the Eagles were scoring at will in their district opener.
“The last week or two it’s been looking better,” Coffman said about his offense. “Some of that is because the stuff we are doing is different from what they have done in the past. You have to win half-court basketball when you’re in district and playoff games.”
Bridgeport will look to regroup after a disappointing night.
“It was tough game and is not a good representation of who we are as a team,” Miller said. “We have to be able to execute at a much higher level.”
Decatur was led by Austin Givens with 18 and Cameron Mize with 11. Parker Slate added seven. Taylor Clayton chipped in six, and Dillon Billmire tossed in five.
The Bulls were led by Reese Read with 13, and Derrick Stanford added 12. Stephen Howdeshell scored five.