EVANS – Evans nearly picked up its second win of the season, but DeQuincy used two runs over 10 points to affect the flow of the game and the final score.
Class 2A DeQuincy put up buckets in bunches to defeat the Eagles 70-64 Tuesday night at home.
"We played well, but unfortunately, all year we haven't been able to put together four quarters," Evans head coach Jay King said. "We started up 11-0 and left them to go on a 17-0 run. You can't do that and expect to win a basketball game. The difference in the game was six points, and that is what we lost the first quarter by."
The loss drops the Eagles to 1-19 on the season, although they did not look like a team with just one win against DeQuincy.
"Offensively, I thought we played well," King said. "The guys played hard, and I had three guys in double digits. They competed their tails off."
Evans got out to an 11-0 run to start the game, but the Tigers rattled off 17 straight points in the final three minutes to lead 17-11 after the first quarter.
DeQuincy took a 25-19 lead into halftime and extended it to 33-25 in the third quarter before Evans went on a 10-0 run – capped off with a 3 from Joseph Martin – to go up 35-33 with 3:38 left in the quarter.
"We did well in transition," King said. "Their press tried to trap our front two guards, but they were allowing the backend to get open. We were streaking down the floor to goal.
"With the exception of a couple of turnovers, I thought we played the transition game really well, which is something we haven't done well this year."
A layup by Wyatt Austin gave Evans a 48-47 lead in the fourth, but DeQuincy ripped off a 10-0 run to take control of the game.
Back-to-back 3s by Colby Benjamin brought the Eagles within three points in the final minute, but DeQuincy hit its free throws down the stretch to pull out the win.
Austin led Evans with 23 points, and Benjamin and Joseph Martin each added 14 points in the loss.
"Most of (Austin's) point were in transition," King said. "He got to the free throw line a lot. That's another thing: we missed seven free throws and lost by 6.”