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Eagles battle for 9-3A lead

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Two games into the District 9-3A race, the Decatur Eagles are in position to chase down their third loop crown in four years.

The Eagles (17-5), who are ranked No. 9 in the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Class 3A poll, are 2-0 in district with big wins over Bridgeport and Sanger.

“It’s the best we can be,” said Decatur coach Drew Coffman. “We have seven seniors who understand this is the last ride on the roller coaster. You’ve seen them show up ready to play.”

Against Sanger and Bridgeport, the Eagles jumped out to big, early leads and continued to pull away.

While rolling to two straight wins to start conference, the Eagles went into Tuesday’s game against Gainesville with company atop the league. The Leopards were also 2-0 after wins over Krum and Bridgeport.

“Gainesville is our big competition,” said Decatur senior Phillip Walker. “We barely beat them last time. We know it will be a hostile environment over there.”

If the Eagles held on Tuesday, they would have a chance to close out the first half of league play unbeaten at home against Krum. The Bobcats are struggling this year at 1-15 and 0-2 in the conference.

But Coffman said the Eagles will not take them lightly Friday.

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