Drew Central hardwood teams are going in opposite directions

Coming off a shocking overtime loss to a team which they should have handled easily, the Drew Central Pirates took out their frustrations at Rison last Thursday. DC pummeled the Wildcats 80-48; unfortunately, there was a Tuesday trip to Dumas on the schedule.
Always tough at home, the Bobcats handed DC its third loss in five games, 85-67. With the split, Drew Central now stands at 17-6 overall and 8-3 in Class 3A, District 8 action.
Behind 20 points from Trenton Eubanks, 18 from Nicky Barnard and 10 from Travarus Shead, the Pirates coasted over Rison. Drew Central rained nine made three-point shots on the Wildcats, four of them coming in the first quarter when the Pirates scored 29 points.
After taking a breather in the middle periods (they “only” scored 13 in the second quarter and 17 in the third), the Pirates ramped up the offense to the tune of 21 points in the final eight minutes to post their second highest point total of the year. The highest was 81, also coming against Rison on Dec. 11, 2018 in an 81-55 blowout.
Drew Central’s Lady Pirates suffered the same fate, winning at Rison 43-31 but dropping a 47-40 decision at Dumas. The loss to the Ladycats was just the second in the Lady Pirates’ last six games, putting them at 13-10 for the season and a healthy 8-3 in conference play, just like their male counterparts.
The games were opposite in every way except for Darbee Forte’s team-leading point totals both times. The junior scored 15 points against Rison and 19 at Dumas. Senior Charlayah Ridell was the only other DC player to reach double figures in either game, netting 10 and 14 points, respectively.
DC jumped out to a 10-4 lead at Rison after eight minutes and pretty much coasted to the win, outscoring the Lady Wildcats in every quarter but the last. At Dumas, the Lady Pirates fell behind 13-6 after one period and only managed to outscore its host in the third quarter—although both teams scored eight points in the fourth period.
Next up for Drew Central is the return match withits arch-rival, McGehee—this time at Drew Central Gymnasium. On Jan. 8 at McGehee, the Pirates downed the Owls 65-57 but the Lady Pirates were upended 41-35. Three games Friday tip off at 5 p.m.

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