(March, 1, 2019) The Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team received the No. 2 seed in Section II of the 3A East Region and will host the No. 3 Northeast Eagles of Anne Arundel, Monday at 5 p.m.
The Seahawks are hoping to bring home their fourth consecutive 3A East Region championship title. Playing on their home court and not having to travel will be a big advantage for the Seahawks, Coach BJ Johnson said.
Decatur finished the regular season 12-10 overall.
“It’s been a long layoff since our last game, so in practice we’re trying to keep them upbeat and focused,” Johnson said. “We told the kids, ‘It’s a whole new season and anything can happen. We’re hoping the kids go out and fight and win another region title.”
Decatur earned a first-round bye and will meet Northeast in the second round of the section bracket. When the teams went head-to-head during the playoffs last year, Decatur won 65-46.
“We just got to go out and play,” Johnson said. “We need to do the small things – rebound, play good defense, limit turnovers. Everybody needs to be clicking.
“If we play our best basketball, there’s no doubt we can get back to the regional championship,” he added.
The top-seeded James M. Bennett Clippers will face the No. 4 Chesapeake Cougars of Anne Arundel on Monday in Salisbury.
The winner will take on the victor of the Decatur–Northeast match, on Wednesday.
Decatur topped Chesapeake, 60-45, in the playoffs last year.
This season, the Seahawks struggled against the Clippers, losing 66-54 and 58-44, in January.