Eagles fall to Coppell in finals

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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The No. 16 Decatur Eagles (11-3) manuevered through a tough field and advanced all the way to the championship game at the Decatur Tournament last weekend.

FANCY DRIBBLING – Decatur’s Phillip Walker keeps the ball away from the defense during the Decatur Tournament. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Despite being down 24 at one point to Class 5A Coppell, the Eagles cut it to eight but eventually fell, 75-61 to claim second place.

“We hung with them and it was a good test for us,” Decatur coach Drew Coffman said. “After we settled down we realized we could play with them. We did alright.”

All-Tournament selection Austin Givens scored 16 in the championship game, and Taylor Clayton came away with 13.

Paul Walker added 11.

Decatur was able to top their other three opponents. They defeated Wichita Falls Rider in the semifinals on Friday, 47-43.

Cain Lowe led the way with 14, and Givens had 12.

WRAPAROUND – Decatur’s Austin Givens picked up all-tournament honors during the Decatur Tournament. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

In the second round Decatur got past Canyon, 58-48.

Paul Walker and Austin Givens each finished with 16. Clayton added 11, and Phillip Walker tossed in 10.

The Eagles rolled past Alvarado in their opening round game, 61-44.

Paul Walker led the way with 17. Lowe and Harry Boatman each had 10.

“Things went pretty good, and we got a lot of different looks,” Coffman said about the tournament. “We got a come-from-behind win against Rider and got a good win against Canyon.”

It was a successful run for the Eagles after a long layoff due to the ice storm. With the football kids just getting accustomed to things on the court, Coffman says they just need gym time at this point in the season.

“We’ve been behind the eight ball with the weather and getting guys back,” Coffman said. “We need practice time to get everybody on the same page. That’s the most important thing right now.”

The Eagles travel to Wichita Falls Hirschi Friday.

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