Basketball: Krum holds off Decatur

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, January 27, 2018
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Tangled Up

TANGLED UP – Decatur’s Grayson Harris battles for a loose ball against Krum. Harris finished with nine. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

The Decatur Eagles overcame an eight-minute scoreless stretch in the second half and a six-point deficit in the final three minutes to get a shot for the victory in the final seconds Tuesday night.

But the Eagles’ last gasp went off the side of the rim, allowing the Krum Bobcats to walk out of Decatur High School gym with a 55-54 victory.

COLD STRETCH – Decatur’s Gage Reiger attempts an off-balance shot against Krum. The Eagles fell to the Bobcats 55-54. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

The loss pushes Decatur’s hopes of earning a share of the District 9-4A title to the brink. Decatur (13-13) fell to 2-2 in the league and trails Argyle and Krum, who meet Friday, by two games with six to play.

“There’s no room for error,” said Decatur coach Drew Coffman. “We have to win out and get some help. There’s three really good teams in this district and three teams that can beat anyone any given night.”

After a strong start behind senior point guard Dane Fitzgerald’s 10 points in the first quarter, Decatur led by as many as eight points in the first half. Fitzgerald finished with a game-high 17.

The Eagles held the lead until the closing two minutes of the third quarter when Krum tied the game at 43 with Remi May’s 3-pointer. After Wilson Hicks’ layup with 1:20 left in the third, Decatur didn’t score again until Hicks’ 3-pointer with 1:49 left in the game. Hicks scored 14.

“We got careless with the ball and lost our focus,” Coffman said. “We drove the ball to the basket looking for a foul more than thinking about making a play. Our sloppiness hurt us for a stretch.”

Krum opened up a 51-45 lead before Hicks’ trey started a Decatur comeback. After Fitzgerald’s drive to the basket and-one and Grayson Harris’ putback and-one, Decatur took the lead 54-53 with 37.7 left.

Krum went back in front with a pair of free throws from Brock Hughes. Hughes and Bryson Laird finished with 14 points for the Bobcats.

Decatur’s Hicks drew a charge in the final 10 seconds to get the Eagles’ the final shot, but they couldn’t connect.

“I like the way we started and liked the way we finished. It’s the part in the middle that I didn’t care for,” Coffman said. “We showed flashes of what we can be. We have to make it 32 [minutes] of that effort against a good team like we played tonight.”

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