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Basketball: Decatur tops Burkburnett

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, December 23, 2017
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Wilson Hicks scored a team-high 21 points as the Decatur Eagles squeaked by Burkburnett 63-57 Tuesday.

Hicks drained five 3-pointers, shooting 55.6 percent from the floor. He also grabbed eight rebounds.

In a game that featured seven lead changes and two ties, Decatur eventually pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 19-11 in the final eight minutes.

Burkburnett held a slim 30-26 lead at halftime, but the Eagles quickly began chipping away at the deficit.

Grayson Harris finished with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Gage Reiger also chipped in nine points for the Eagles.

ALVORD 61, VALLEY VIEW 34

Jayton Malone scored a game-high 19 points as the Alvord Bulldogs routed the Valley View Eagles 61-34 on Tuesday night.

With a 12-point lead at intermission, Alvord quickly piled on the points, especially in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs outscored the Eagles 17-8 in the final frame.

Tanner Baker added 13 points. Tanner Petree had nine points, all coming from beyond the arc.

The Bulldogs move to 10-4 with the victory. They will take on Trenton on Jan. 2.

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 46, VICTORY CHRISTIAN 42

Despite 14 points each from Davis Shriver and Jared McBride, the Victory Christian Patriots came up short against Heritage Christian Academy, falling to the Lions 46-42.

Victory Christian was haunted by a one-point second quarter, failing to get anything going offensively before halftime.

The Patriots attempted to rally, outscoring Heritage Christian 12-5 in the third quarter, but ultimately could not erase the deficit. The Patriots dropped to 4-3 on the season.

BRIDGEPORT 41, BELLEVUE 33

The Bridgeport Bulls beat Bellevue 41-33 behind 19 points from Andrew Horton. The Bulls outscored the Eagles 24-12 in the second and third quarters to earn the victory.

Drew Carstens chipped in with a double-double, notching 13 points and 12 rebounds. Blaze Ragland added six points of his own.

Bridgeport coach Clayton Shipley said Horton was the deciding factor in the game, knocking down big shots in crucial moments.

With the win, Bridgeport improves to 5-11 on the season. The Bulls return to action next week in the Bridgeport Holiday Classic.

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