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Bo knows free throws in overtime for Eagles

By Ashley Hargrove
sports@decaturdaily.com 340-2460

DECATUR — Decatur Heritage's Bo Godwin hit a shot at the end of regulation and two free throws at the end of the first overtime, and that helped the Eagles to a 68-64 double-overtime home victory over R.A. Hubbard on Friday.

Godwin finished with 12 points, three assists and three steals, but that shot at the buzzer kept the Eagles (12-7, 2-1 in the area) from falling in regulation. Decatur Heritage originally designed the play to go to Luke Adams, but with time running out, Godwin had the ball.

"I just took the shot and let God take control hoping it would go in," Godwin said. "Once I shot it, there wasn't anything I could do about it. This was a good win for us."

His two free throws with four seconds left in the first overtime tied the game at 56.

The Eagles went on a 12-8 run during the second overtime, giving them a Class 1A, Area 15 win over the Chiefs.

"This is a huge rivalry for us," Decatur Heritage head coach Tommy Kyle said. "This game always goes right down to the wire. We challenge our guys to do they best they can and to use the ability God has given them. Our guys showed that in the second half and in overtime."

R.A. Hubbard outscored the Eagles during the first half, taking a 24-23 lead at halftime. Decatur Heritage came together during the third quarter by going on a 9-2 run with 3:34 left for a 38-32 lead heading into the fourth period.

"We didn't play with a lot of heart during the first half and we got sloppy," Kyle said. "I challenged our guys to take control and limit R.A. Hubbard's shots during the second half."

The Eagles did just that in the third quarter, allowing only eight points. However, R.A. Hubbard outscored Decatur Heritage 16-10 in the final period.

Brandon Little and De'el Watkins each had 12 points for the Eagles, while Watkins pulled down five rebounds.

For Hubbard, Quinn McGhee had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Dontay Robinson added 13 and Xavier Hampton 10.

The two teams will meet again Friday at R.A. Hubbard.

"We have a little time to prepare for next week's game," Kyle said. " We're going to concentrate on a few things this week at practice."

Decatur Heritage girls 53, R.A. Hubbard 43: The Lady Eagles' led 29-28 going in at the half and continued their lead throughout the rest of the game.

Whitney Ashford's 3-point shot with 48 seconds left in the third quarter pulled the Lady Chiefs to within four, but Erin Albright's layup put Decatur Heritage up 44-38 heading into the final quarter.

Lou Ellen Thompson led Decatur Heritage (8-8, 3-1 in the area) with 18 points. Brittany Denson followed with 11, and Candace Lee added 10 points and six rebounds.

Bernisha Harris led R.A. Hubbard with 16 points and four rebounds.

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