Pirates get 12-3A4A play off to rousing beginning

All coaches will take an “ugly” win over a “pretty” loss. Drew Central head boys’ basketball coach C.J. Watson finds himself in that position today.
The Pirates kept their 2017-18 record unblemished at 3-0 with a 67-57 victory at defending Class 4A, District 8 champion Warren Tuesday night that Watson said was anything but textbook basketball.
“I don’t think we played well at all (Tuesday) night,” Watson said. “We did play well down the stretch, though. I thought, at times, different individuals stepped up and played well but, as a whole, we aren’t pleased at how well we played.
“That’s not taking anything away from Warren. They are a pretty good team—big and athletic—but we have to play better.”
DC will get a lot of chances in a short period of time coming up to do just that. Thursday night, the Pirates will travel to Hamburg before hosting the third annual Mini-State Tournament at Drew Central Gymnasium this weekend. Friday, Drew Central will face Alpena at 7:45 p.m. and Saturday, the Pirates will entertain Valley Springs at 5:30 p.m. to wrap up two basketball-filled days on University Drive.
Next, it’s the the first round of the “Showdown in M-Town” rivalry with Monticello at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5, then three games in the Battle at the Ridge Tournament at Pea Ridge next weekend. Drew Central faces Providence Academy from Rogers in the first round of that gathering.
Games against Fordyce (on Tuesday, Dec. 12), Lake Village Lakeside (on Friday, Dec. 15) and at Crossett (on Tuesday, Dec. 19) give the Pirates 10 games in 20 days before the Christmas break. By the time the Commercial Bank Southeast Arkansas Holiday Basketball Tournament rolls around the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, Watson should have an idea of what his 2017-18 Pirates will really look like.
Tuesday night, it was the sophomores who paced the Pirates over Warren. Zy Chavis netted 16 points and Trenton Eubanks added 14 as Drew Central earned a hard-fought win. Senior Jalen Williams was also in double figures, with 10 points.
Jumping out to a four-point lead after the first period, DC saw that advantage completely evaporate in the next eight minutes. The third quarter was Drew Central’s downfall pretty much all last year, but the Pirates took command with a 20-point period at Warren. DC added to its lead by outscoring the Lumberjacks 18-12 in the final stanza.

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