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Decatur bounced by Seminole in opening round of Whataburger Tournament

By Reece Waddell | Published Thursday, December 28, 2017.
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It was tough sledding for the Decatur Eagles on Thursday afternoon.

Looking to make it back to the finals of the Whataburger Tournament for the second straight year, Decatur floundered in the opening round. Unable to generate any offense against the Seminole Indians’ matchup zone, the Eagles were bounced 57-40.

After the game, Decatur coach Drew Coffman did not mince words about his team’s performance

“Some of our leaders are going to have to step up and make plays for us, and right now they’re just not doing so,” Coffman said. “Toughness is something I think I would question right now about us. I thought we got out-fought, and that’s credit to them.”

The Eagles only had one player end the game in double figures, junior Wilson Hicks, who finished with 10 points. Carson Tibbels was second on the team in scoring with seven, while Grayson Harris added six points.

Decatur’s starting point guard, senior Dane Fitzgerald, was held to just three points.

Since his return from the football team, Fitzgerald has struggled to get it going, particularly on the offensive end of the floor. Fitzgerald missed several mid-range jumpshots and contested layups in the Eagles’ loss to Seminole, finally getting on the score sheet late in the fourth quarter when he knocked down a 3 on the wing.

“[Dane] is going to have to play better if we’re going to be any good,” Coffman said. “That’s just the simple truth of it. And we talked to him about that just a second ago and we’ve talked to him about it the last couple weeks. If we’re going to be as good as we can possibly be he has to play better.”

The No. 3 ranked team in 4A, Seminole outscored Decatur 32-22 in the second half to pull away. The Indians were led in scoring by Jesus Perez, who finished with a game-high 15 points.

With the loss, the Eagles move to the consolation side of the bracket. Decatur will take on the loser of Liberty Hill and Abilene Wylie at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at Chisholm Trail High School.

“We’ve got to figure some things out,” Coffman said. “We’ve got to bounce back. The world’s not going to feel sorry for us, so we shouldn’t feel sorry for ourselves, either.”

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