Decatur point guard Taylor Clayton knocked down four free throws in the final 30 seconds to help the Eagles hold on for a 59-54 win over Wichita Falls Wednesday at the Bridgeport Tournament.
The Eagles, who beat Big Spring 36-25 earlier in the day, won the second pool and earned a spot in the gold bracket Thursday. Decatur will play at noon Thursday.
Clayton finished with 14 points, going 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. He hit eight in the final quarter to help Decatur stave off the Wichita Falls comeback.
Decatur led 49-35 with 5:36 to go after a pair of Clayton free throws.
Wichita Falls rallied to make it a one-possession game at 55-52 with 35 seconds left. Clayton then hit free throws around a Wichita Falls basket to stretch the margin to two possessions.
The Eagles built the lead behind senior guard Austin Lamirand, who finished with 23 points. Lamirand went 5-for-6 from beyond the three-point arc.
Lamirand, who had 20 points earlier in the day against Big Spring, drained three treys in the opening quarter, helping Decatur to a 16-11 lead.
The Eagles led 28-22 at halftime.
Wichita Falls cut the deficit to one, 32-31, with 3:51 left in the third quarter.
With three-pointers from Cameron Mize and Lamirand, Decatur closed the frame on an 8-2 run to take a 40-33 lead into the fourth quarter.