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9-3A boys basketball roundup for Wednesday, January 22, 2014

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Phillip Walker filled the basket all night Friday to keep the Decatur Eagles’ unbeaten run in District 9-3A going.

Walker finished with 28 points and six rebounds in the Eagles’ 74-55 win over Sanger.

“That’s what happens when your teammates give you the ball and open looks,” Walker said. “My coach (Drew Coffman) has been telling me I need to go harder to the offensive boards, and I’ve been trying to do that.”

Walker scored 13, including a 3-pointer, in the Eagles’ 24-point first quarter. Decatur jumped out to a 24-12 lead.

Sanger cut into the lead in the second quarter to get back within seven, 41-34, at halftime.

Behind six points from Cain Lowe, the Eagles began putting the game away in the third with a 16-9 spurt to take a 57-43 lead. Walker closed the game with a 10-point fourth.

“He got a lot of points off turnovers and did a good job of getting the second-chance points off rebounds with putbacks,” Coffman said.

Austin Givens finished with 13 points. Lowe added 10.

Decatur (17-5) moved to 2-0 in 9-3A. The Eagles took on Gainesville Tuesday and will play Krum Friday.

GAINESVILLE 54, BRIDGEPORT 53

The Bridgeport Bulls suffered a second straight heartbreaking one-point loss Friday.

The Gainesville Leopards rallied from a five-point deficit in the final 44 seconds to pull off a 54-53 win.

“We played so good for 31 minutes. Then everything that could go wrong in the final minute did,” said Bridgeport coach Alan Green. “We missed key free throws and made uncharacteristic turnovers.”

Bridgeport led most of the way, including 29-23 at halftime. Gainesville tied the game at 37 heading into the fourth quarter.

Bridgeport missed three of four free throws in the final minute with a chance to extend its lead. Gainesville then drained two 3-pointers to get the win.

“I’m disappointed for our team to play so well and not get the win,” Green said. “It’s a good lesson on how we have to close out games.”

Bridgeport (10-13) fell to 0-3 in 9-3A. The Bulls took on Krum Tuesday before an open date Friday.

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