Hearne vs Shelbyville state tournament preview

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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -- The Hearne Eagles (25-3) will take on Shelbyville (37-3) at 10 A.M. in the Class 2A State Tournament Semifinals on Friday. The winner between Hearne and Shelbyville will advance to the 2A State Championship game on Saturday against either Martin’s Mill (37-2) or Gruver (17-4) who will play at 8:30 A.M. Friday Morning. The 2A State Championship game will tip off at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday.

Hearne was denied a state title 30 years ago by Shaquille O'Neal and San Antonio Cole, this time around the top ranked Dragons stand in their way.

"They good," said Eagles guard Damion Dunn. "I see why they're number one but I feel like we're better."

"They're a great team but basketball is a game of runs and you step on the court and anybody can be beat," continued forward Quinston Owens.

"What I see it's a very balanced team. A team that they have the right to be ranked as high as they are but at the same time rankings go out the door when it comes down to the final four," said Hearne Head Coach Andrew Daily.

Ask the Eagles why they're a part of this years final four, and they'll tell it's because of their defense that kept opponents under 55 points in 17 of 28 games this season.

"Discipline and defense. Our defense has been good, well it's been great," said Dunn.

"Hoping that our defense speaks for itself the way we're relentless and try to continue to keep the pace the way we like it and the way we want it," explained Daily.

There's no question the community of Hearne wants a state title, and the Eagles want to deliver.

"I'm proud of it. I'm excited and happy for everybody to get to experience this and just happy that we can make it. And we see what's going on and taking place this year with a group of young men that have come together. A town that is behind them 100 percent. The community in any and every aspect this year have been for us and behind these young men and encouraging them," added Daily.

The Eagles hit the hardwood Friday morning at 10, when they look to slay the top ranked Dragons and make history for Hearne High School and the Eagle faithful.