EVERMAN -- With second place in District 8-4A on the line, the Crowley Eagles did everything they could to slow down Everman on Friday night, including applying a full-court press for the entire game.
The press, designed to generate turnovers and keep opponents from generating any rhythm, seemed to have the opposite effect on the Eagles, ultimately leaving them tired and frustrated in a 59-52 loss.
"Crowley definitely came out aggressive," Everman coach Jay Mathieson said. "Our strength is our quickness and we were able to use that to our advantage tonight."
To beat the press, Everman (18-9, 8-1 in District 8-4A) turned to junior guard Reggie Kincade, the Bulldogs' quarterback in the fall.
"Coach just told me to go to the ball and that's what I did," said Kincade, who admitted to being worn out after the game.
Crowley (10-13, 6-3) managed to force two turnovers at the game's outset, going on a short lived 6-0 run. The Bulldogs quickly found their answer turning to Kincade, who shrugged off his defenders en route to a team-high 17 points, eight of which came at the free-throw line.
"With Reggie's quickness there aren't too many people who can guard him," Mathieson said. "He is usually a step quicker than anyone else on the court."
Crowley tried to mount a rally late in the fourth quarter, converting two Everman offensive fouls into baskets, but a flagrant foul of their own derailed the comeback bid.
Senior guard Deandre Newton scored seven fourth-quarter points for the Eagles, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make the final score a little more respectable.
Dion Malone, Crowley's 5-foot-6 guard, led all scorers with 18 points.
Everman faces undefeated, district-leading Waco University at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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