Photo by Joe Duty
The Decatur Eagles put their running shoes to work in the second half Friday night to break open a close game against the Bridgeport Bulls.
Decatur began the third quarter on a 15-2 run on its way to a 58-35 win at Bridgeport High School Gym
Decatur’s Austin Lamirand and Kyle Durdon buried 3-pointers during the third quarter run that put the Eagles in front 31-15.
Lamirand buried another 3-pointer with 28 seconds left in the quarter to put Decatur up 38-17. The Eagles took a 38-19 lead going into the final frame.
Lamirand finished with 15 points.
Decatur built a 31-point advantage in the fourth quarter on 3-pointer by Bryan Redwine with 3:10 left.
Bridgeport led early. Decatur did not get the lead until Durdon hit a 3-pointer with 1:05 left in first quarter to put the Eagles up 8-5.
Decatur took a 10-5 lead into the second frame. It led by as many as seven in the quarter, but Bridgeport rallied back to get within three, 15-12 with 2:40 remaining. After Decatur’s Ross Walker extended the margin back to four with a free throw, 16-12, both teams went scoreless the remainder of the half.
Nick Linder joined Lamirand in double figures for Decatur with 12.
Jason Mitchell led Bridgeport with eight. Mac Whitcomb added seven.