(Jan. 30, 2015) The Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team planned to utilize its size and to focus on getting the ball to post players during Monday’s game against the Crisfield Crabbers in Berlin. The Seahawks were successful, winning, 72-27.
“We’re finding out as a young team that our strengths are getting the ball in to the post and getting some high-percentage baskets,” said Decatur Coach Byron “BJ” Johnson. “Against most teams, we try to establish our inside game.”
The Seahawks opened the game on a 6-0 run and at the end of the first quarter they led 24-6.
Decatur added 20 points in the second quarter and went into the halftime break with a 44-18 advantage. The Berlin squad outscored Crisfield 16-3 in the third quarter to jump ahead, 60-21.
Sophomore Tyree Henry led Decatur with 17 points. Freshman Ja’Ron Johnson scored 16 points and had five assists and De’Quan Andrews, a junior, tallied 12 points. Keve Aluma, a sophomore, logged eight points and 10 rebounds.
Johnson said the Seahawks play mostly a zone defense, but Monday night they had the opportunity to work on their press. They got some steals and forced several Crisfield turnovers and made easy transition baskets off of them, Johnson said.
“We’re a young team so we’ll try anything to see what works,” Johnson said. “Against good teams, you’ve got to pass the ball and handle the ball well…We need to rebound better and use our size. There’s some growing pains. These young kids need time to develop their skills.”
Decatur will travel up the road today, Friday, to battle the Pocomoke Warriors at 5:30 p.m.
“It’s going to be tough,” Johnson said. “We have to play a perfect game to beat them.”