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Last Updated: Jan 4th, 2018 - 10:33:03

Eagles carry Hampton tournament
Jan 4, 2018, 10:31

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The Crossett Eagles went undefeated in the Hampton Christmas Basketball Tournament last week.

In the first game of the tournament, the Eagles faced the Parkers Chapel Trojans for the second time this season. Two weeks ago, the Trojans beat the Eagles 68 to 47, but in the Hampton tournament the Eagles redeemed themselves.

Coach John Fox said that having a short break and getting player Taqualen Watkins back both made a big difference.

“We were out of energy with four games in that last week of school,” Fox said. “We seemed ready to get back to action.”

Assistant Coach Austin Wilson said he felt like the Eagles played as a team for the first time all year.

Crossett came from behind to beat Parkers Chapel 54 - 50. They were down by 11 when they went in for half time.

Wilson said the players were attempting too many three pointers instead of trying to get inside to shoot.

“Coach Fox let me write a stat on the board in the locker room,” Wilson said. “It was 10 for 53, that’s how many three point attempts we had made over the last three games.”

The players returned from the half heeding their coach’s advice and were able to work together for the win.

Carrying the ball inside resulted in the Eagle players getting fouled more, which resulted in free throw points.

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