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After good first half, Seahawks downed by Wi-Hi, 76-48

(Jan. 25, 2013) The Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team matched up well with the Wi-Hi Indians during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Berlin, but the visitors dominated the boards in the second half to pull out a 76-48 victory.

“We started off fairly well playing good defense, but I think they just wore us down as the game went on,” said Decatur Coach Mark Engle. “It was pretty even in the first half and even early in the third quarter, but they just hammered us on the boards, which led to easy put-backs. Offensively, we weren’t aggressive with the ball.”

The Seahawks led 13-12 at the end of the first quarter. The Indians outscored the home team 17-12 to pull ahead 29-25 by the halftime break.

Wi-Hi tacked on 20 points in the third quarter and held Decatur to eight. The Indians scored 22 points in fourth quarter and limited the Seahawks to 15 to secure the win.

“We just didn’t really play the full game through with intensity and tenacity. We just got knocked down and didn’t get up,” Engle said. “Most of the game Wi-Hi pressed us, making us work to get the ball up the court. And we had at least 18 turnovers, and you’re just not going to win turning the ball over 18 times.

“We’ve got to do better rebounding,” he said, “and when we play a physical, aggressive team, we’ve got to match that.”

Senior co-captain Jesse Engle led Decatur with 13 points and six assists. Junior Tyler Hunter had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

The Seahawks are slated to travel south Tuesday to take on the Pocomoke Warriors.

Lisa Capitelli, Ocean City Today
Managing Editor Lisa Capitelli, a New York native, entered Salisbury University (then Salisbury State) in the fall of 1998 and graduated in the spring of 2002 with a Bachelors of Arts degree. She majored in communication arts, and minored in art, with concentration on photography. Lisa began her career at Ocean City Today as a staff writer in February 2003. She was promoted to Assistant Editor in August 2011 and Managing Editor in May, 2013. Editorial responsibilities include covering sports — from local high school games, to fishing tournaments and recreation and park programs, the business community and weekly happenings, events and activities.

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