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Decatur team eyes third regional title

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Mar 01, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur senior captain Kevon Voyles dunks the ball during Wednesday’s 3A East Section II Region finals against Chesapeake in Berlin. He scored 36 points to lead Decatur to a 60-45 victory.

**Game postponed to Saturday at 3 p.m.


(March 2, 2018) Back-to-back steals converted into baskets, followed by a crucial three-point shot, gave the Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team momentum over the Chesapeake Cougars, Wednesday night in Berlin. The Seahawks rolled on to a 60-45 victory in the 3A East Section II Region finals.

“I thought the first half we played to their tempo. The second half we played to our tempo and we were able to pull away,” Decatur Coach BJ Johnson said. “Our defense has been good all year. We have trouble in the half-court offense, so we’ve got to get them up and down [and] play fast. That’s more to our advantage.”

Decatur, the No. 1 seed in Section II, led 15-13 at the end of the first quarter. But by halftime, the score was tied, 24-24.

Decatur trailed third-seeded Chesapeake, 36-33, with about two minutes remaining in the third quarter. Senior captain Kevon Voyles picked off two Cougar passes and made layups to put Decatur on top, 37-36.

After a Chesapeake timeout, senior Mihail Beja hit a three from the left corner to provide the Seahawks with a 40-36 advantage.

“Then we got our fans into it,” Johnson said. “That’s our sixth man. Then we were able to take off.”

After three quarters, Decatur was on top 42-37. The Berlin squad outscored its opponent 18-8 in the final quarter.

Voyles led Decatur with 36 points. He had seven rebounds, five assists, five steals and three blocks. Beja finished with six points, three rebounds and three assists.

Decatur advanced to the sectional finals with a 65-46 win over the fourth-seeded Northeast Eagles of Anne Arundel on Monday in Berlin.

The Seahawks led 14-13 at the end of the first quarter and increased their advantage in the second. By halftime, Decatur was ahead 31-25. After three quarters, the home team led 50-38.

Voyles was Decatur’s top producer with 22 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Churchill Bounds chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds. Senior captain Ryan Danaher contributed nine points and 11 rebounds.

Decatur will host the Centennial Eagles, Section I top seed, today, Friday, at 5 p.m.

The Seahawks are going for their third consecutive 3A East Region championship title.

“Friday’s the big game. We’re trying for a three-peat,” Johnson said. “We need to play defense and rebound. The same as always. We can’t change anything now.”

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