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Basketball: Eagles rebound quickly – Hicks pours in 28 in win over Springtown

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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Quick Attack

QUICK ATTACK – Decatur’s Cade Lamirand sprints up the floor after a steal against Springtown Friday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Facing a Springtown team led by big men Trent Partain and Dawson Meek, the Decatur Eagles put on their running shoes.

From the opening whistle, the Eagles pushed the tempo with every opportunity to get points in transition. Parker Hicks and Cade Lamirand gathered a majority of the points, combining for 51 in the Eagles’ 63-49 victory over Springtown at Springtown High School.

Hicks and Lamirand teamed for 19 points in the opening frame to get Decatur out to a 20-9 lead.

“We needed that. We wanted to get going early,” said Hicks, who poured in 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. “They are big but they can’t stay in the game long. We wanted to get the ball up and down the floor.”

Decatur (18-7) moved to 2-1 in 8-4A and rebounded from the loss to Bridgeport Tuesday.

“We played as a team and felt good after Tuesday,” Hicks said. “This was a good win.”

Pushing the tempo, Decatur ended the first quarter on an 11-4 run.

Hicks put in nine points during the run, finishing a pair of drives to the basket and hitting a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in the quarter.

Decatur went up 15, 32-17, with 2:37 left in the first half on a layup and free throw from Hicks.

Decatur carried a 36-24 lead into halftime.

After the break, Decatur went on the run again led by Lamirand. The Decatur guard scored six during a 10-2 run to open the third quarter that built the lead to 20, 46-26. Lamirand scored 12 of his 23 in the second half.

“One of the points of emphasis was pace and we got it up and down and took advantage of our speed,” said Decatur coach Drew Coffman.

Taking a 50-33 lead into the fourth quarter, the Eagles built the advantage to 23 early in the fourth.

Springtown used a 10-0 run to cut Decatur’s lead to 13, 58-45, with 3:16 left.

Hicks stopped the charge with a free throw and bucket off a turnover.

DECATUR 63, SPRINGTOWN 49

Decatur … 20 … 16 … 14 … 13 … – … 63
Springtown … 9 … 15 … 9 … 16 … – … 49

DECATUR (18-7, 2-1) – Parker Hicks 28, Cade Lamirand 23, Bryce Elder 3, Dane Fitzgerald 2, Mason Hix 7.

SPRINGTOWN (9-12, 1-1) – Raul Medina 7, Tristan Brawner 5, Kaleb Chesney 10, Logan McPherson 3, Ryan Neal 2, Trenton Partain 14, Dawson Meek 6, Austin Bauman 2.

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