(Jan. 4, 2019) The Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team went 1-1 during the annual Governor’s Challenge tournament held last week.
The Seahawks first played Tallwood High School out of Virginia Beach last Wednesday at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury.
Decatur struggled against Tallwood’s press and lost the game, 54-38.
“We had too many turnovers,” Decatur Coach BJ Johnson said. “Tallwood’s press bothered us a little bit. We had 27 turnovers and we just couldn’t get into an offensive rhythm.”
Junior captain Churchill Bounds led Decatur with 14 points and five rebounds. Junior Gabe Aluma had six points and six rebounds. Junior captain Drew Haueisen added six points and eight rebounds.
Johnson said the Seahawks’ performance improved the next day against Laurel of Delaware in the consolation round of their four-team bracket.
Decatur won the match, 67-47, at Wicomico High School in Salisbury
“We played a little bit better, but we still had 22 turnovers, which is a lot,” Johnson said.
Decatur led 23-7 at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, the Berlin squad was ahead 40-21. After three quarters, Decatur held a 53-34 advantage.
Bounds and Haueisen each scored 17 points in the win. Bounds also had 11 rebounds and two blocks, while Haueisen added 10 rebounds and four steals.
“Our goal now is to take care of the basketball. With that many turnovers, you’re not going to win a game,” Johnson said. “When you turn the ball over, you don’t get offensive opportunities.”
Decatur now returns to Bayside Conference play and will face the Wicomico Indians in Salisbury at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
To be successful, Johnson said the Seahawks “need to get better on defense and take care of the ball.”