(March 6, 2020) The Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team struggled to defend against the Kent Island Buccaneers’ offense during Tuesday’s 3A South Region II semifinals in Stevensville.
“We tell the kids, you have to play defense, rebound and take care of the ball. Defense just didn’t show up,” Decatur Coach BJ Johnson said. “We just didn’t do enough. We had no answer for them.”
Region II No. 2 seed Kent Island led third-seeded Decatur, 18-9, at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, the home team was ahead, 35-17.
After three quarters, the Buccaneers held a 44-35 advantage. They won the game, 69-44.
Leading Decatur was senior captain Drew Haueisen with 18 points. Senior Churchill Bounds scored 17.
Decatur advanced to the semifinal round after defeating the sixth-seeded Chesapeake Cougars of Anne Arundel, 66-58, last Friday in Berlin.
Despite winning the game, Johnson said, “I don’t think we competed at the highest level.”
“Skill-wise, we were better, that’s why we won the game, but Chesapeake played harder than us,” he said. “I was happy to win and advance, but I would like to see us play a little harder.”
The Seahawks led 19-9 at the end of the first quarter. They went into the halftime break on top, 39-30. After three quarters, the Berlin squad was ahead, 47-41.
Haueisen led Decatur with 24 points and 16 rebounds. Bounds chipped in with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Junior Koby Higgins scored 16 points.
Decatur finished the season with a 13-9 record.
“It was a great year,” Johnson said. “Any time you have a winning season you’ve got to be happy with that.”
The team will graduate eight seniors, who Johnson said “all played a role.”
“Each game someone stepped up,” he said.
One of the biggest losses with be Haueisen, who led the team in scoring this season, averaging 25 points and 15 rebounds a game.
Losing a big chunk of his team, Johnson said what the returning and incoming varsity players do in the offseason with be crucial.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” he said. “Time in the offseason, that’s when you get better. If you don’t work in the offseason, you can’t expect much during the season.”