Ocean City Today

Seahawks come from behind to win by 1 pt. over Crabbers

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Jan 25, 2018

(Jan. 26, 2018) Trailing the Crisfield Crabbers by 13 points at the end of the third quarter on Tuesday, the Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team turned up the pressure during the fourth and was able to pull out a one-point victory, 53-52.

“I’ve had the game marked on my calendar, because I know Crisfield is a tough place to play,” Decatur Coach BJ Johnson said. “We were lucky to get out with a win.”

Crisfield led 12-10 on its home court at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, the Crabbers were ahead 24-23.

“We weren’t rebounding and we weren’t playing our best defense,” Johnson said, reflecting on the first half.

Turnovers were Decatur’s Achilles heel during the third quarter and Crisfield capitalized, outscoring the visiting Seahawks 16-4.

Going into the fourth quarter, the home team was on top, 40-27, but the lead wouldn’t last long.

“We changed up the defense in the fourth quarter,” Johnson said. “I said, ‘we dug a hole and now we’re going to go full-court, man-to-man and see if we can dig ourselves out.’”

Decatur went on a 10-point run to cut Crisfield’s advantage to three. Baskets were traded and with a little less than a minute on the clock, Decatur was down, 49-47.

Senior John Taylor evened the score and then senior captain Kevon Voyles stole the ball and made a layup to give the Seahawks a 51-49 lead. He then hit two free throws to provide Decatur with a 53-49 advantage.

“He came out in the fourth quarter and he was a monster,” Johnson said of Voyles.

Crisfield made a three-point shot with two seconds remaining, but it was not enough to take over the lead.

“Our full-court, man-to-man defense caused them problems,” Johnson said. “Lucky for us, we got some easy transition baskets and a couple key steals down the stretch. Kevon hit some big shots in the fourth quarter and got us back into it.”

Decatur outscored Crisfield 26-12 in the fourth quarter and Voyles netted 14 of the Seahawks’ points. He finished the game with 25 points and six steals.

“He was huge for us in the fourth quarter,” Johnson said.

Taylor contributed 16 points and sophomore Churchill Bounds added eight points and 14 rebounds.

Decatur will host the Woodbridge Raiders today, Friday, at 5:30 p.m. On Tuesday, the Snow Hill Eagles will come to Berlin to play Decatur at 5:30 p.m.

“We have to get better at rebounding, play defense and take care of the ball,” Johnson said. “If we do those things, we’ll be fine.”

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