Sharing athletes is nothing new to the Ryan basketball team.
Playing without five varsity players who instead suited up for the football team in a playoff game Saturday morning in Arlington, the inexperienced Raiders fell behind early en route to a 52-47 loss to Decatur at Billy Ryan Gym.
After guard Ibrahim Logan slashed through the lane to pull Ryan within four points with one minute left, Decatur (6-1) hit six of eight free throws and Ryan (0-2) managed three buckets.
Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet attributed the Raiders’ 10 turnovers and 24 fouls to inexperience.
“We’ve always shared athletes,” Overstreet said. “It’s a matter of these kids gaining experience, whether that’s to help them later on this year or help them in the future. We’ve got to continue to learn from our mistakes and continue to grow and mature.”
Decatur pulled away early when Holt Garner, who led the Eagles with 13 points and hit four of nine from 3-point range, drained two consecutive treys for a 13-6 lead. The teams traded buckets for the remainder of the half, and Ryan entered the break facing a 28-20 deficit.
Ryan pulled within four points midway through the third quarter, but Decatur’s savvy upperclassmen inched away from the young Raiders for a 36-28 lead heading into the final stanza.
Logan, who led Ryan with 28 points on 12-of-21 shooting, drove the lane and finished with flair on his way to 13 of the Raiders’ 19 points in the final quarter.
Ryan finished the game shooting 19-of-35 from the field and forced just four turnovers.
“That dynamic of experience will change once football’s over with, but until then we’ve just got to continue to mature and continue to get better each and every day,” Overstreet said.
Three-pointers became daggers for Ryan, as Decatur finished 6-of-15 from beyond the arc and the Raiders made just one of nine from that range.
Decatur’s Dallin Billmire scrapped his way to nine points and five rebounds, while Harry Boatman finished with eight points.
Ryan’s A.J. Hill netted seven points and Devin Kiner scored six.
Ryan had three players foul out of the tightly called game, as 24 fouls went against the Raiders and 18 against the Eagles. Overstreet said depth became more of a concern late in the game but will be better with a complete roster.
“We’ll gain athleticism and experience, a little bit of size and some depth [when the football players return],” Overstreet said. “One more foul-out [Saturday] and we were going to play with four.”
Ryan will hit the court at 2:30 p.m. Monday against visiting Denton.
Decatur 52, Ryan 47
Decatur (6-1) — Holt Garner 13, Harry Boatman 8, Phillip Walker 7, Dallin Billmire 9, Paul Walker 7, Taylor Clayton 4, Cade Lamirand 4
Ryan (0-2) — Ibrahim Logan 28, Rodney Gladney 5, Manny Torralba 1, Devin Kiner 6, AJ Hill 7