Camden HG, Fordyce best Pirates; DC is 0-4 in league

Sports journalists are fond of labeling teams as “the best 0 and whatever team in the league.” Truth be known, however, Drew Central coach C.J. Watson does believe his Pirates are the best 0-4 squad in Class 3A, District 8—maybe in all of Class 3A.

The Pirates suffered yet another league loss on Tuesday night, falling 73-59 to Fordyce, on the heels of a heart-wrenching 82-81 loss to Camden Harmony Grove on Friday.

The bad thing about both losses, Watson noted, was that they happened on Drew Central’s home floor—where, by the way, both the 3A-8 district and 3A Region 4 tournaments will be played.

“In this conference,” Watson said of the tough 3A-8, “there’s not much difference in any team. We played the top two teams within three points, one of them in overtime. We’re this close; we’ve just got to keep grinding.”

Against Fordyce, despite the absence of senior Dilly Binns—who was ejected 30 seconds into the first quarter when “he mouthed off to the referees and got two technicals,” Watson noted, the Pirates held their own for three quarters.

Without Binns’ 20-point-plus scoring average, Drew Central trailed only 49-43 entering the final eight minutes. Knowing what his club had done against Harmony Grove a mere three days earlier, Watson said he was feeling good about the Pirates’ chances against the Redbugs.

But a 24-16 onslaught by the visitors preserved the win. Senior Edmund Hunter paced Drew Central in scoring with 24 points and classmate Tremaine Newton added  15 but Fordyce held super sophomore Mahli Arrington to only four points in the final period, nine for the game.

Against Harmony Grove on Tuesday, Drew Central was shocked to find itself down by 21 points entering the fourth quarter. The Hornets’ lead grew to 28 before the Pirates suddenly caught fire—scoring 39 points (20 by Binns) and taking a brief lead before falling by one point.

“ I know at one point I was thinking, ‘They’re going to run the clock on us,’ ” Watson said of the 30-point sportsmanship rule. “But we started hitting shots and tightening it up.

“It’s not a very good feeling to lose but I’m proud of them. The kids never quit, they never hung their heads.

“The crowd deserves a lot of credit. It was loud. It felt like a college game. I think the fans can appreciate the way we played in the fourth quarter.”

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