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Basketball: Decatur draws Dallas Carter

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, February 17, 2018
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After finishing third in District 9-4A, the Decatur Eagles will take on No. 5 Dallas Carter in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Eagles and Cowboys tip off at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Southlake Carroll.

Decatur went 6-4 in district, losing twice by one point to Krum and then to Argyle by two. Both schools are ranked in the top 20.

Carter finished second in District 10-4A at 11-3 and 26-5 overall.

“We’ve played a lot of people [close] and have been one play away from winning those games,” said Decatur coach Drew Coffman. “The good thing is we’ve been one play away from winning against really good people. The bad thing is we haven’t got it done yet.”

The Eagles are led on offense by junior Wilson Hicks, who is averaging 18.1 points per game. As a team, Decatur is averaging 51.5 points per game.

Carter is averaging 70.7 points a night.

“I think pace of the game is going to be important,” Coffman said. “Kind of do some things we’ve done well all year long. I think we’ve been a pretty good defensive team for the most part throughout the year, and that’s going to have to carry over.”

Decatur beat Sanger 55-37 in the regular season finale on Tuesday. The Eagles had 11 different players score in the victory.

Tristan Read led Decatur in scoring with 14, and was the only Eagle to end in double figures. Dylan Nation had seven while Wilson Hicks, Gage Rieger, Izek Chavana and Grayson Harris each had six.

Opponents are averaging 45.6 points against Decatur. Carter is holding the opposition to 53.6 points per contest. The Eagles advanced to the third round of the playoffs last year before falling to Dallas Lincoln, who won Carter’s district this year.

The Cowboys enter the playoffs having lost two of their last three games.

“I think we’re all pretty excited about this opportunity,” Coffman said. “We’ve kinda played some teams similar to Carter. I think we feel pretty good about it.”

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