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Basketball: Krum sweeps Decatur

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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The crowd at the Krum High School Bennie Enis Gym had been raucous all night.

Reacting to virtually every call and made basket, Krum and Decatur gave fans an encore performance to their one-point game a few weeks ago. With vital playoff seeding in District 9-4A on the line, neither side gave an inch as the Eagles and Bobcats slugged it out into the waning seconds.

HEARTBREAK – Decatur’s Wilson Hicks rises for a shot. Hicks had a game-high 24 points but the Eagles lost to Krum on a buzzer-beater. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

After spending their final timeout, Krum took the ball out of bounds with just 3.7 ticks left trailing 48-47. The Bobcats’ first shot – a fadeaway jumper – missed, not even hitting the rim. But the ball fell right to a waiting Caleb Schertz, who put it back up and in at the buzzer to send Decatur home with a heartbreaking 49-48 defeat.

“We forced a tough shot, but the last thing we told them out of the huddle was ‘Make sure we finish it with a block-out,'” said Decatur coach Drew Coffman. “We just had a couple guys stand around and look at the ball instead of go get bodies on guys.”

Wilson Hicks finished with a game-high 24 points and had a chance with 14.7 seconds left to put Decatur up by as much as three. Instead, Hicks missed the front end of a one-and-one, adding to the Eagles’ woes at the charity stripe.

Decatur shot 48 percent at the line, making 13-of-27 free throws.

Krum then rebounded Hicks’ missed free throw, giving the Bobcats the opportunity to hold for the final shot.

Krum bled the clock inside 10 seconds before driving to the rim, and after a few chaotic passes, the Eagles eventually swatted the ball out of bounds. This led to Krum’s game-winning putback, as the Bobcats spoiled Hicks’ brilliant outing.

Hicks scored 20 first-half points and was responsible for half of Decatur’s total points on the night.

“[Hicks] also had the flu today, so the toughness he played with, give him a lot of credit,” Coffman said. “That kind of shows you the character of that young man there. He definitely carried us offensively. We just didn’t do enough things right to get the job done.”

The Eagles were manhandled on the glass, getting outrebounded on both ends of the floor. The Bobcats turned those rebounds into second and third chances that ultimately came back to bite Decatur.

On the final play of the game, the Eagles failed to box out Schertz, who scored his only two points of the fourth quarter on the buzzer-beater.

“I think [rebounding] and free-throw shooting was the difference in the game,” Coffman said. “We had a chance to kind of give [ourselves] a little cushion with free throws and we missed some there at the end. That’s kind of what it comes down to. It’s the little things most of the time in games like this.”

Decatur dropped to 5-4 in District 9-4A play. The defeat means the Eagles can finish no higher than third in district. If Decatur would have won out and Krum lost its remaining two games, the two teams would have tied for second.

The Eagles played host to Sanger Tuesday in the regular season finale. Decatur has already clinched a playoff berth and will play either the first or second place team from 10-4A in the bi-district round.

“I’m kind of tired of the moral victory speech,” Coffman said. “We’re going to have to get over this hump. This is the eighth one-possession game we’ve lost this season. We’ve got to have enough belief in ourselves to go get the job done at the very end of games.”

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