Paul Walker recalled Thursday the frustrating second quarter of last year’s Class 3A Region II area-round game against Dallas Roosevelt.
“We didn’t even score,” he explained. “It was one of our worst games all year.”
Friday, Walker and the other Decatur Eagles got another shot at Roosevelt in the same round at Southlake Carroll High School.
“We can’t wait. We just want revenge,” Walker said.
Roosevelt knocked the 9-3A champions out of the playoffs with a 66-43 loss last year in the Eagles’ first playoff game.
This year under the new playoff format, Decatur played a bi-district game. The Eagles beat Celina in bi-district 66-50 Tuesday to earn the second crack at Roosevelt, who advanced with a 53-30 win over Bonham.
“We want revenge. We don’t want to come up short in the second round again,” said Decatur senior point guard Taylor Clayton. “I did my freshman, sophomore and junior year. I feel like it’s time to take the next step.”
Decatur coach Drew Coffman expected the Eagles to be sharper against Roosevelt after playing a bi-district game this year. He hopes the team got its nerves out against Celina and will be ready for this game.
“We’ll have to play well and hard,” Coffman said. “We’ve had two good days of work.”
With seven seniors, Coffman said he’s talked about legacy with his team.
“We’ve talked about leaving a mark on Decatur and by winning back-to-back district titles, they’ve done that. This is another chance.”