Everything looks better after a win. Especially for a team that wants to make a run in the District Tournament.
Drew Central boys went through a few rough patches, but were looking on the bright side after the Pirates defeated Fordyce for the second time this season, 60-42 Friday night.
“This was a big win for this program,” coach C.J. Watson said after the game. “We have to play them again next Thursday night in the District Tournament. That’s the biggest game of the season.”
The Pirates top priority was to slow down Fordyce’s Javon Allen, who previously posted a school-record with 53 points against Smackover Feb 2.
“We just wanted to make sure he didn’t come here and do the same thing,” senior guard Jerelle Benns said after the game.
The Pirates frustrated Allen all night who shot 3 of 7 from the floor through the first five minutes, which included a three-pointer. Allen received a technical foul call and sat on the bench for the remainder of the quarter.
“That was part of our game plan,” Watson said. “I told the kids that he came off a 53 point night and was probably going to try to go for 53 again. He’s a great talent but one man can’t beat five.”
Allen finished with nine points.
After the opening minute of the third quarter, the Pirates restored and maintained double-digit leads the rest of the way.
In two games, the Pirates have beaten the Red Bugs by a total of 26 points, both by double digits.
“We’ve beat them twice already,” Watson said, who’s team loss twice last year to the Red Bugs before defeating in the District Tournament. “Its even harder to beat a team three times especially a team with the caliber of Fordyce. They can play and they have athletes over there.”
Damarius Thomas led the Pirates with 20 points. Benns added 10 points.
“It was a great feeling,” Thomas said. “Everybody did what they were suppose to do.”
Benns added that since it was the seniors last home game that the team was working hard to avoid a loss to Fordyce next week.