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Decatur boys’ basketball squad wins 79-68 over SH

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Dec 21, 2017

(Dec. 22, 2017) The Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team took a trip down the road on Wednesday to face the Snow Hill Eagles and, after a tough battle early, the visiting Seahawks won, 79-68.

“It didn’t surprise me. It was a great game and I knew it was going to be,” Decatur Coach BJ Johnson said. “When we play Snow Hill and Pocomoke it’s always a rivalry game. We need games like that to make us better.”

Decatur outscored Snow Hill 18-16 in the first quarter. The Eagles pulled ahead in the second quarter and at halftime, the home team led 36-34.

Johnson said he didn’t say much to his players during the halftime break. Instead, the Seahawks took it upon themselves to discuss what was working and what wasn’t.

“They challenged each other. They knew what was wrong,” he said. “I let them work it out and they did.”

Decatur put 28 points on the board in the third quarter and held Snow Hill to 18. At the end of the third, the Seahawks were on top 62-54. The Berlin squad added 17 in the fourth quarter, while the Eagles tallied 14.

“We just played a little bit better down the stretch,” Johnson said. “We stepped it up defensively and hit some shots and pulled away with it. We had a comfortable lead at the end.”

Senior captain Kevon Voyles led Decatur with 28 points. He also had eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals.

Senior captain Ryan Danaher added 18 points and 10 rebounds. Senior John Taylor contributed 16 points.

The Seahawks improved to 4-0 with the victory. The squad will compete in the annual Governor’s Challenge tournament, slated for Dec. 26-30, at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center and surrounding high schools in Salisbury, as well as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne.

The Seahawks are in the DMVelite Showcase division, which includes 17 of the top teams from around the region.

Decatur will play St. Georges of Delaware on Friday, Dec. 29 at 6:45 p.m. at the civic center in Salisbury. The Berlin squad will take on Lake Taylor of Virginia at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30 at the civic center.

“It’s going to be a great test for us. We’ve got to execute on offense. We’ve got to be sharper on offense,” Johnson said. “We’re going to go out and play and see where the chips may fall.”

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