Ocean City Today

Decatur captures third consecutive 3A East Reg. title

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Mar 08, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Members of the Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team celebrate winning their third consecutive 3A East Region championship title after defeating Centennial, 60-51, last Saturday in Berlin.

(March 9, 2018) When you want something bad enough, you’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

Stephen Decatur senior captain Kevon Voyles was hungry for a third regional basketball title and he led his team to the championship, scoring 38 of the Seahawks’ 60 points during last Saturday’s game against the Centennial Eagles in Berlin.

“I took it on my shoulders, because it’s my time,” Voyles said after Decatur’s 60-51 victory in the 3A East Region championship match. “It’s really exciting. It’s emotional because all this hard work, and I told coach at the beginning of the year that everybody was doubting us that we couldn’t make it and we did, we pulled through. I’m speechless.”

Decatur led 16-7 at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, the home team was ahead 29-17.

Centennial chipped away at Decatur’s advantage in the third and tied it up, 31-31, with about three minutes remaining in the quarter.

Tied 33-33, Voyles scored twice and at the end of the third quarter, the Seahawks were on top 37-33.

Decatur held a slight advantage early in the fourth quarter, but two three-pointers by Voyles helped extend the home team’s lead to 49-43 with 2:55 to play. He tallied 16 of Decatur’s 23 points in the fourth quarter.

“I thought the first half we were tremendous,” Decatur Coach BJ Johnson said. “We took a little bit of a hit in the second half. Thank God for Kevon Voyles. He showed why he’s the player of the year and he just led us.”

The Seahawks were presented the 3A East Region championship plaque following the game and held it high for the crowd to see. Players and coaches also took turns cutting down one of the basketball nets.

“I’m just so happy that we won the region. I’m just happy for the kids,” Johnson said. “They come [into preseason] in November, they work extremely hard and this is our goal. I can’t be more proud of our kids.”

Decatur was scheduled to face Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in the 3A state tournament semifinals, Thursday, at University of Maryland College Park Xfinity Center.

“If we can defend and rebound we’ll have as good a chance as anybody,” Johnson said.

The winner will battle either Milford Mill or Thomas Johnson, who also went head-to-head yesterday, in the state championship game on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Xfinity Center.

When Decatur and Polytechnic competed against each other last year in the state semifinal round, Polytechnic won 74-44. The squad went on to capture the Maryland 3A championship.

“This has been our goal every year to compete for a state championship,” Voyles said last Saturday. “I came here for a reason my sophomore year and I feel like my purpose is to fulfill it and go get the state championship. I told my coach when I came here I’m going to give him one, and I’m going to give him one.”


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