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(Feb. 8, 2019) Junior captain Drew Haueisen scored 44 points and pulled down 20 rebounds to lead the Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team to an 88-62 victory over the Mardela Warriors on Tuesday in Mardela Springs.

“He had an awesome game. Drew just put us on his back,” Decatur Coach BJ Johnson said. “He was just on point. By far, it’s the highest ever [point total] by an individual player since I’ve been a coach here.”

Haueisen rarely missed on Tuesday, going 14-for-16 from the free throw line and hitting 4-of-4 three-point shots.

Decatur held a 16-15 advantage at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, the Seahawks led 28-26.

The Berlin squad then tallied 29 points in the third quarter to pull ahead 57-41.

“It was a two-point game at the half. We told them defense has to step up and we need to take shots,” Johnson said. “In the second half, the kids really stepped up.”

In addition to Haueisen, sophomore London Drummond chipped in with 13 points and 15 rebounds, and junior Antonio Collins contributed 11 points.

“I thought we played well,” Johnson said, despite the team missing its two forwards, junior captain Churchill Bounds and junior Gabe Aluma. “The kids responded well [with] two players down. It was our highest point total this season.”

Decatur will host the Wicomico Indians at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Berlin.

“We’re getting better with each game and that’s hopeful,” Johnson said. “Our goal is that we’re peaking at the right time with playoffs coming.”

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