Ocean City Today

Decatur earns top seed in 3A East

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Feb 22, 2018

(Feb. 23, 2018) The Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team earned the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in Section II of the 3A East Region.

The Seahawks will host the Northeast Eagles of Anne Arundel at 5 p.m. on Monday in Berlin.

“I’m very happy. It’s the third year in a row we have hosted the playoffs,” Decatur Coach BJ Johnson said. “It’s always an advantage playing at home and in front of your fans. That’s the goal we set at the beginning of the year.”

Decatur finished the regular season with a 15-5 record.

“Northeast has only won a few games, but I tell the kids they can’t go into the game with that mindset. Anything can happen,” Johnson said. “We’ve just got to play our best basketball.”

Johnson said on Tuesday when the seeds came out that he planned to scout Northeast, but his team wouldn’t make many changes.

“We’re not going to worry about the other team. As long as we do what we’re supposed to do, we’ll be successful,” he said. “We’re just going to continue doing what we’re doing, stick with what we know and hopefully get better with each practice.”

Johnson said the team is peaking at the right time.

“Our defense has really stepped up and we’ve come together as a team,” he said. “We’re playing some of our best basketball right now.”

If the Seahawks can play solid defense, rebound, take care of the ball and minimize turnovers, then they have a good chance of winning, Johnson said.

“The sixth man – the crowd – is also a big asset to our success,” he added. “We hope to fill the stands with lots of blue and white.”

If Decatur wins on Monday, the team will host either third-seeded Chesapeake of Anne Arundel or second-seeded James M. Bennett, on Wednesday. Those two squads are scheduled to go head-to-head on Monday in Salisbury.

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