(Jan. 18, 2019) After losing its last three games, the Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team came from behind to win Wednesday’s competition, 79-72, over the Arcadia Firebirds in Berlin.

“We just got to keep working to get better. I can’t put my thumb on it right now,” Decatur Coach BJ Johnson said. “I want to think the kids are giving their best effort. Maybe the layoff – we haven’t played since last Friday – maybe that has something to do with us being flat. We just got to keep working.”

Decatur led Arcadia 25-11 at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, the Seahawks held a 37-33 advantage.

The Firebirds pulled ahead in the third and by the end of quarter they were ahead 57-56.

Arcadia held the lead for most of the fourth quarter. With less than two minutes remaining, however, Decatur junior captain Churchill Bounds evened the score, 71-71. Then, sophomore London Drummond made a shot to put Decatur on top, 73-71 with 1:33 on the clock.

Junior captain Drew Haueisen hit one of two free throws with 1:20 to play to extend Decatur’s lead to three points.

Arcadia sank a foul shot, then Haueisen netted Decatur’s final five points in the last 50 seconds to secure the victory.

Bounds led Decatur with 29 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. Haueisen chipped in with 24 points,15 rebounds and six assists.

Drummond added eight points, nine rebounds and three steals.

“When you love something, you put all your effort into it and I want to believe they’re giving us their best effort. We were just fortunate to get out with a win tonight,” Johnson said. “We’ll take wins as they come and we needed this one, because we were on a three-game losing streak, so maybe the kids will feel good about themselves and move forward.”

Decatur will host the Crisfield Crabbers on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Berlin.

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