Pirates let one slip through their hands
By Harold Coggins
In a back-and-forth game, Drew Central got the shorted in a 68-62 Class 3A, District 8 game against Fordyce Tuesday night at Drew Central Gymnasium. The loss left the Pirates st the .500 mark, both in league play (2-2) and for the season (8-8).
A busy week gets even busier for Drew Central starting Thursday. Camden Harmony Grove visits to make up a game postponed from last Friday.
The Pirates head to Smackover the next day to begin the second half of the 8-3A season. The games start at 5 p.m. and three teams (junior boys—who enter Thursday’s contest with a 39-gme winning streak—senior girls and senior boys) will see action both nights.
Those nights will be important to the young Pirates not only to stop a two-game losing streak but to better position themselves for the 8-3A district tournament, scheduled for Feb. 16-20 at McGehee.
“We got killed on the boards,” a disappointed Drew Central boys’ coach C.J. Watson said after the Fordyce game. “We played hard but we just couldn’t get anything to go in the basket. We didn’t execute when we needed to.”
Sophomore Wooda Bell canned a season-high six made three-point shots en route to 26 points in leading Drew Central in scoring. Seniors K.J. Griddine and Rashaun Newton added 19 and 12 points, respectively, for the Pirates.
Drew Central shot out of the gate with a 13-7 lead after the first quarter but Fordyce rebounded to trail only by two points at halftime. After intermission, the Redbugs outscoring their hosts in both the third and fourth periods for the win.
Four Fordyce players hit the double-figure plateau, led by Billy Ferrell’s 17 points. Deangelo Morris netted 14, Jermaine Matthews had 13 and Jakeymas Gates chipped in with 12 for the Redbugs.
Thirteen of Morris’ points came in the fourth quarter as the Redbugs secured the victory with a 24-19 run.
Even though he didn’t reach the 10-point mark, Fordyce’s Darius Harris contributed mightily to Drew Central’s demise. Harris was money from the free-throw line as he scored all seven of his points from that spot—and all in the second half.
Fordyce took its first lead in the third quarter, and the Redbugs led 44-43 heading into the game’s final eight minutes. Drew Central had no answer for its surging visitors in the fourth period.