ARGYLE — In a game devoid of scoring and filled to the brim with textbook defense and gritty play, the last play of the game was an offensive beauty.
The Argyle Eagles defeated the Decatur Eagles 35-33 on Friday night after Brandon White connected with Luke Feely on an alley-oop pass for the winning layup.
Argyle got the ball back after Decatur missed a layup, got an offensive rebound and lost it out of bounds with 1:13 left. Decatur was not able to regain possession of the ball, as Argyle dribbled the clock down to 15 seconds and called timeout.
Argyle coach Russell Perkins was impressed with how his team handled those last 15 seconds.
"Once we got into the right formation, our kids executed it really well," Perkins said. "That was our option if they came out and went zone, and they did. It was a great pass by Brandon, and going up with two hands like Luke did is pretty good."
The game was defined by streaky play from both teams, with Argyle opening with intense defense that held Decatur to two points in the first quarter.
This intense play was most evident when Argyle's Max Valentino, who led all scorers with 13 points, dove out of bounds trying to save a loose ball and knocked over three children who had been dancing on the sideline.
"You have to keep that intensity every possession, or they are going to do some things to hurt you," Perkins said.
Decatur came back and ripped off a 7-0 run to start the third to take its first lead. Decatur's Wilson Hicks, who finished with 11 points, made multiple drives to the basket that ended with him laying it in or a teammate getting an offensive rebound and putting it back for points.
A clutch 3-pointer by Decatur's Gage Rieger, who had eight points, from the corner and almost behind the basket gave Decatur a 33-31 lead with 1:58 left.
Argyle 35, Decatur 33
Decatur (10-11, 0-1 District 19-4A) -- Wilson Hicks 11, Dane Fitzgerald 8, Gage Rieger 8, Ethan Southard 6.
Argyle (19-6, 1-0 District 9-4A) -- Max Valentino 13, Luke Feely 11, Brandon White 5, Wilson Peltier 4, Blaze Mc Mellian 2.