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Decatur fends off Brock, improves to 16-2

By Reece Waddell | Published Friday, December 21, 2018.
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The Decatur Eagles filled their stocking with an impressive win heading into the Christmas break Friday.

Wilson Hicks scored a team-high 16 points as Decatur knocked off the No. 1 team in Class 3A, Brock, 63-47 at home Friday afternoon.

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“It was a very important [win],” Hicks said. “Coming into this week, we really wanted to prove to the rest of the state that we’re for real, and I think we did that with three pretty solid wins this week.”

Decatur improved to 16-2 and extended its win streak to four entering the Christmas break. Decatur’s next game will be at noon Thursday against Liberty Hill in the Whataburger Tournament at Chisholm Trail High School.

“We had a really tough game last night against Burkburnett — a really physical game,” said Decatur coach Drew Coffman. “To come back today and play the way we played, especially after we got off to a slow start, I think our kid’s toughness was really what was the difference.”

Decatur erased an early eight-point deficit, 11-3, clawing back. Decatur ended the first frame on a 7-0 run.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

Gage Rieger capped Decatur’s comeback in the second quarter, knocking down a 3-pointer from the top of the key off a cross-court pass by Izek Chavana.

“They’re really good and very sound defensively,” Coffman said. “I thought defensively they were just more ready to play than we were. But I thought as the game went on we kind of found ourselves and got back to playing the way we’re capable.

“Give them a lot of credit early on for how hard we hard to [work]. They had a lot to do with it.”

Decatur’s offense found a rhythm near the end of the first half, outscoring Brock 17-10 in the second quarter.

Out of the intermission, Hicks forced Brock into a quick timeout, burying a wide-open corner 3 to give Decatur a 38-27 lead. Hicks was one of three players in double figures for Decatur.

Chavana finished with 15 and Grayson Harris poured in 13.

“When you have multiple guys, it’s a lot harder for teams to figure out who to stop,” Coffman said. “I’m glad some guys are kind of rising to the occasion.”

Decatur’s defense closed out the game, holding Brock to 10 points in the fourth quarter. Decatur outscored Brock 21-10 in the final frame, handing Brock its third loss.

“I think we kind of feel good about ourselves right now heading into break,” Coffman said. “But we also know this next stretch with the Whataburger [Tournament] and some teams we have after that, it’s going to be tough.”

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