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Basketball: Decatur routs Peaster in Hicks’ return to the court

By Reece Waddell | Published Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
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Defense was the name of the game for Decatur on Tuesday night.

With the Eagles integrating several football players to the team, including Wilson Hicks and Dane Fitzgerald, Decatur put an added emphasis on the defensive end of the floor – and it paid off.

Fueled by a 15-0 run in the second quarter, the Eagles held Peaster scoreless for nearly seven minutes, quickly mounting a double-digit lead they would not relinquish in the 57-37 victory.

“We added three [football players] yesterday, and they’ve been here before, but I told them we weren’t going to win the game on the offensive end of the floor because we haven’t spent enough time on it,” said Decatur coach Drew Coffamn. “I think we did a good job on the defensive end of the floor tonight.”

The Eagles held Peaster to just four points in the second quarter, forcing the Greyhounds into several contested shots. As Peaster racked up empty trips down the court, Decatur’s offense started to find it’s flow.

And one person in particular did not appear to be shaking off any rust.

Even though he’s spent the past four months playing quarterback, Hicks did not miss a beat in his first basketball game of the Eagles’ 2017 season. The junior shot 66.6 percent from the floor and was 6-of-9 from behind the arc, pouring in a game-high 22 points in the victory.

“It was good to get back out there,” Hicks said. “My team did a good job of getting me open shots.”

Hicks primarily thrived off ball screens and skip passes, getting several open looks he turned into points. When the Greyhounds did manage to close Hicks out, simply dished the ball and found the open man.

Peaster managed to cut into the Decatur lead in the fourth quarter, but just as soon as the Greyhounds cut it to single digits, Hicks stepped up, draining a shot to quickly thwart any hope of a comeback.

“He’s one of those guys that’s been there before,” Coffman said of Hicks. “I expect him to play like how he did tonight. We’re going to need his scoring and his contributions on the offensive end for sure.”

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