(March 15, 2019) The Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team’s season ended with a 65-46 loss to the Northeast Eagles of Anne Arundel in the second round of the 3A East Region tournament.
“We just didn’t play well,” Decatur Coach BJ Johnson said. “We had a good week of practices going into the game. We just didn’t show up to play.”
Turnovers were a big part of Decatur’s loss last Monday in Berlin, he said. The Seahawks turned the ball over 23 times during the match.
“Against a decent team, you won’t win turning the ball over that many times,” Johnson said.
Sophomore London Drummond was Decatur’s scoring leader in the game, with 12 points.
Decatur finished the season with a 12-11 record.
“It was a learning experience. We were young,” Johnson said. “We finished above .500, which is good, but we would have liked to win a few more games.”
Junior captain Churchill Bounds was named to the Bayside South Conference Second Team. He led the team this year with 326 points. He was second in rebounds, with 171.
Honorable mention accolades went to Drummond, junior captain Drew Haueisen, senior Brett Berquist and junior Theo Hobbs.
Haueisen was second in points this season for Decatur, scoring 273. He led the team in rebounds, with 189.
Drummond was third in scoring and rebounds, tallying 136 points and 159 rebounds.
Johnson presented team awards to Haueisen (MVP), Bounds (Offensive MVP), Berquist (Coaches Award) and junior captain Matt Brown (Sportsmanship).
The team will only lose one player – Berquist – to graduation.
Johnson said the key to success next year would be training during the offseason.
“I always say, ‘March to November is when you get better,’” he said. “I told them at the end of the season only they can make a change. We’ll see how many kids dedicate their time to get better.”
Johnson said it was a good season overall, but, “we’ve just got a lot of work to do to get back to the regional championship next year.” The last three seasons Decatur won the 3A East Region championship title.
“If they learn and get better, good things will happen,” he said.