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Eagles suffer first district loss



FIRST LOSS —Decatur’s Adan Gonzalez fights for a layup in the Eagles’ 45-35 District 8-4A loss to Krum Tuesday. MACK THWEATT/WCMESSENGER

FIRST LOSS —Decatur’s Adan Gonzalez fights for a layup in the Eagles’ 45-35 District 8-4A loss to Krum Tuesday. MACK THWEATT/WCMESSENGER

Tied at 2 after the first quarter Tuesday, the Decatur Eagles were unable to secure their second District 8-4A victory.

The Eagles fell victim to a 17-8 run by Krum in the second quarter, putting Decatur down by nine at halftime.

Out of the break, the Eagles attempted to rally back, cutting the Bobcats’ lead to five. But Krum’s 17-12 final push sent Decatur home with its first league loss, as the Bobcats defeated the Eagles, 45-35.

Decatur fell to 15-11 (1-1).

“I thought we did a really good job of executing our game plan — trying to make them guard us for long periods of time and spread them out,” Decatur coach Jake Bell said. “But Krum really shot the ball well in the second quarter. They made three 3’s in a row. We then had to try to play catch-up.”

Trailing 19-10 at halftime, the coach said the team tried shaking things up.

“How Krum played in the first half forced us to change up our plan a little bit,” Bell said. “When we came out of the locker room, we actually started executing well and playing at a faster tempo. We took a lead and got up by 4, but Krum knocked down three more 3’s to end the quarter.”

Decatur senior Cade Hogan led the Eagles with 13 points.

“Cade played a well-rounded game,” Bell said. “He always brings a lot of attention from the defense every night, and Krum heavily guarded him most of the night. He had some really big shots in the paint, and didn’t just settle for 3’s.”

Bell said the team is still working through kinks in his first season.

“Anywhere you go, it takes about two years to get it the way you want it,” he said. “It’s a new system and philosophy, so with it being year one, it makes for a pretty complex project. We’re still growing together.”

The Eagles host Lake Worth 8 p.m. Friday. Decatur will travel to face Bridgeport in the first Battle of Big Sandy Tuesday.

“We know there’s no nights off in this district,” Bell said. “We have to be ready to play against anyone. Every team is different, so that makes practice a little different each week. We’ve got to come to play.”

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