The Crossett boys basketball team ended the week 3-1 after splitting last week’s road games with a win and a loss. They played Drew Central Nov. 27 and lost 66-53. Derrick Luckey and Jaylon Brown were the top scorers for the Eagles. Luckey put up 17 and Jaylon Brown had 14.
Coach Dominic Lincoln said he knew the game would be tough and he was happy to see them fight for it the entire game.
“Drew Central is a very good basketball program and Coach Watson does a great job of getting his guys prepared to play,” Lincoln said. The Eagles were down by 14 in the third quarter.
“It showed some guts to rally within two points in the fourth quarter, but we couldn’t put enough plays together down the stretch to give us a chance to win,” Lincoln said.
The boys traveled to Lakeside Friday for a 53-48 win.
Luckey and Brown were the lead scorers again, Luckey with 15 points and Brown with 16. Quendarius Hampton was right behind them with 11 points.
“Probably our best complete game so far of the season,” Lincoln said.
The Eagles were in the lead the entire game, and at one point in the third quarter they were leading by 17 points. Lincoln said he was proud of how hard the Eagles played.
“I’m extremely proud, they were charges, diving on the floor and being physical, (the game was) everything that we want to stand for in our program,” Lincoln said.
On Saturday, the Eagles began competing it the Tri-State Mini tournament, but complete tournament results were not available at press time. They lost 58-30 to Dermott in their first game.
“We didn’t play nearly to the level we need to beat good teams,” Lincoln said.
Lincoln said he feels there are two big areas that need to be corrected in their program.
“The biggest areas that I feel need to be corrected in our program is one, changing the mentality that losing is not acceptable and it’s not okay to lose, and two, learning what it takes to win and the value of putting together great practices, which will give us our best chance to win on game nights,” he said.
The boys will travel to Junction City on Saturday to compete in the Dual State tournament, but the tournament schuedke has not been announced.
Their next home game will not be until Dec. 17.