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Basketball: Argyle shatters Decatur’s hopes

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, February 3, 2018
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Decatur needed to get a win Tuesday against rival Argyle to keep any hope of claiming a portion of the District 9-4A title alive.

FALLING SHORT – Decatur’s Wilson Hicks goes up for a shot against Argyle. Decatur lost 48-29, eliminating them from district title contention. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

And much like their first meeting a few weeks earlier, Decatur and Argyle looked inseparable through a quarter. Trading blows for the first eight minutes, neither side looked poised to pull away – especially Argyle, who was fresh off a quadruple overtime victory over Krum.

But once the second quarter began, Argyle hit another gear, showing no signs of fatigue. Argyle used a suffocating defense to down Decatur 48-29.

“I don’t think it was what went wrong, it was more give compliments to Argyle for how they are defensively,” said Decatur coach Drew Coffman. “They did a good job of keeping us out of the paint. We just missed some shots I thought we should have made. You gotta tip your hat to those guys.”

Decatur dropped to 3-3 in District 9-4A, putting them four games behind Argyle in the standings, who is 6-0. With only four games remaining, the loss eliminates Decatur from having a shot at snagging a part of the district crown.

“[Winning district] was definitely a goal that we sat down and talked about, but goals change. Life changes,” Coffman said. “You’ve gotta move on to the next thing. I don’t think this is the end of our season.”

Decatur was outscored 15-6 in the second quarter, going on a cold-stretch that let Argyle mount a double-digit lead. Only four Decatur players scored in the loss, led by Wilson Hicks, who finished with a team-high 12 points. Dane Fitzgerald tossed in nine.

Argyle made things difficult all night for Decatur’s offense, altering shots and forcing Decatur to commit turnovers in half-court sets. Just when Decatur tried to swing momentum, Argyle had an answer, matching Decatur big shot for big shot.

Brandon White led Argyle in scoring with a game-high 18 points and was the only Argyle player to finish in double figures.

Decatur took on Bridgeport Friday. Sanger beat the Bulls on Tuesday, meaning Decatur only has a one-game lead on third place in District 9-4A.

If Bridgeport loses to Decatur Friday, they will be all but eliminated from playoff contention.

Coffman emphasized after the game Decatur must quickly put the loss to Argyle behind them.

“We’ve got a big one Friday night against the Bridgeport Bulls,” Coffman said. “They’ll want to beat us just as bad as the Argyle Eagles wanted to beat us tonight. We’ll have to just turn the page and move on.”

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