(Dec. 21, 2018) The Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team regrouped and bounced back after falling to the Crisfield Crabbers, 73-44, last Thursday, and pulled out a big 78-39 victory over the Washington Jaguars, on Tuesday in Berlin.

“We came in talking about energy and I thought our energy was better tonight,” Decatur Coach BJ Johnson said after the Washington game. “After the Crisfield game I was very upset, because I felt like we just didn’t play with heart. Tonight, I felt like the kids played with a lot of energy, so they answered the bell.”

Decatur led 17-7 at the end of the first quarter. By halftime, the Seahawks had gained a 38-15 advantage. After three quarters, the home team was on top 55-30. The Berlin squad outscored its opponent 23-9 in the fourth quarter.

“I thought they shared the ball. I thought we shot the ball extremely well, so that opened it up the middle [and] we moved the ball pretty well,” Johnson said. “Defensively, we still have a lot of work, but overall it was pretty good.”

Junior captain Churchill Bounds led Decatur with 20 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Sophomore London Drummond contributed 12 points. He also had seven rebounds. Junior captain Drew Haueisen added 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Decatur will again compete in the Governor’s Challenge tournament during the holiday break.

The Seahawks will play Tallwood High School out of Virginia Beach on Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 11:45 a.m. at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury.

The other two teams in Decatur’s bracket are Laurel from Delaware, and Seed School out of Washington, D.C. They will also go head-to-head at 11:45 a.m.

The winners will meet on Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at Wicomico High School in Salisbury. The teams that lose will battle at 8:30 p.m.

“It’s nice to play somebody different than conference teams, so we’re looking forward to it,” Johnson said. “We just got to keep playing defense, sharing the ball, and hopefully we can continue to shoot the ball well. If we do that, we should be fine.”

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