The Crossett Eagles wrapped up their season Friday night by hosting their last basketball game of the year.

Though the Eagles ended their season with a loss to the Star City Bulldogs, Coach Dominic Lincoln said the program took a big step forward this season.

“I know our record may seem otherwise, but if you look closely we lost 10 games by only single digits, which means we were close all year,” Lincoln said.

The Eagles honored departing senior players Jalen Brown, Shamar Hodges, Quendarious Hampton, Marlon Givens, Amari Dempsey, Tyreke King and Robert Scates on Friday night.

In celebration of senior night on Friday, Lincoln let the senior players start the night and Lincoln named senior Shamar Hodges as player of the game.

The Eagles started off hanging with the Bulldogs. Star City was leading 7-6 when they hit a three point making it 10-6.

Brown scored two for the Eagles and Hodges hit a three-point shot to make the score 13-15, but by the end of the second quarter the Bulldogs were leading 21-13.

Star City jumped 13 points ahead in the second quarter 40-27, by the Eagles still fought to catch up.

Kantrell Williams hit a free throw and James Hampton hit a two-point shot and a free throw, making the score 40-31.

Star City added more to the gap, but Quendarious Hampton hit a three-pointer to put the Eagles back within nine points, 44-35.

Derrick Luckey hit a shot to make it 44-37, but the Bulldogs went to the free throw lines several times and the spread was back up with 49-37 on the board.

They hit another free throw with 1:21 left in the half to take the score to 50-37. Brown hit another free throw shot for the Eagles, but Star City went right back to the line, adding another point to their side. A late shot gave the Eagles 40 and the boys hit the locker trailing 51-40.

After the half Luckey scored two and Hodges shot for three, bringing the Eagles to 45, but Star City answered with a two-point shot and a free throw and the score was 53-45.

Star City jumped their lead to 20 points, 72-52, but the Eagles didn’t give up. Lamonte Gillum hit a two-point basket and free throw, which Jack Rice followed with a three-pointer by Jack Rice to make the score 72-58. Star City made another free throw, but Luckey answered with a two-point basket. The score was 73-60 at the end of the third quarter.

Star City continued to lead during the fourth quarter. The final score was 96-74.

The Eagles finished the season with a 6-16 record, but Lincoln said he is really proud of the growth the players showed.

“The biggest take away from this year is that, we learned how to compete, now we must learn how to finish and win,” Lincoln said.

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