Needing a win to keep pace with Gainesville for the lead in District 9-3A, the Decatur Eagles took care of business again Tuesday, knocking off the Sanger Indians, 61-43.
It was the third straight victory for the Eagles (19-9, 5-1) and set up a showdown for the league’s top spot with Gainesville (13-7, 5-1). The two schools were to play Friday.
“We played well enough to win, but I don’t think this was our best game by any stretch of the imagination,” Decatur coach Drew Coffman said. “Sometimes on the road you don’t shoot the ball as well, and they have a tough little environment here.
“We battled through it and still came away with a win.”
Decatur jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never trailed. The Indians only threatened the lead a couple of times. They cut the Eagle advantage to 10-8 to begin the second quarter, but Austin Givens immediately responded with a 3-point play to give Decatur a 13-8 lead.
The Eagles took a 29-23 lead at the half, then dominated the third quarter. Decatur opened the second half on a 13-4 run to take control of the game.
Strong third quarters are starting to become a trend for the Eagles during their current winning streak.
“The way this game was played in regards to scores was very similar to the first time we played,” Coffman said. “We made a run in the third quarter again, so very similar to last time.”
Sanger got within 10 halfway through the fourth quarter but would never get any closer.
The Eagles were led by Parker Slate with 15 and Givens added 12.
Decatur will conclude their regular season schedule Tuesday when they host Krum.