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Decatur boys’ team falls to Washington; tops Snow Hill next day

(Jan. 11, 2013) The Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team fought to make a comeback against Washington on Monday, but their efforts weren’t enough to take down the Jaguars, who outscored the Seahawks 78-71 on their own court.

“Our defense did not show up. It’s hard to beat a team when you give up 18 lay-ups,” Decatur Coach Mark Engle said after the Berlin match-up. “And we missed 20-plus lay-ups or shots right around the basket.”

The Seahawks had a 14-11 lead in the final minute of the first quarter, but the Jaguars tied the score with a three-pointer.

Washington went on an 8-0 run at the start of the second quarter to pull ahead 22-14.

Senior Jesse Engle was fouled and sank his two shots, but seconds later, the Jaguars answered with a lay-up. Soon after, sophomore Collin Gaynor hit a three pointer, junior Tyler Hunter scored and Engle nailed a three to cut Washington’s advantage to one point (25-24).

The visiting team led 29-27 at halftime.

The Jaguars maintained a slight lead throughout the third quarter and after eight minutes, they were ahead 47-45. Washington outscored Decatur 31-26 in the fourth quarter.

Engle (five assists) and Hunter (12 rebounds) each scored 23 points for the Seahawks.

Despite their sluggish start Tuesday against the Snow Hill Eagles, Coach Engle said the Seahawks performed much better than the day before, especially on defense. Decatur won the game, 65-36.

The Eagles had a 13-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter, but the Seahawks outscored their opponent 19-10 in the second and led 29-23 at halftime.

Decatur tallied 23 points in the third quarter, while Snow Hill logged eight, and in the fourth, the visiting team scored 13, and held the Eagles to five.

“We got warmed up in the second quarter and had an explosive third quarter,” Engle said. “I was proud of the way the kids played in the second half. They buckled down and played solid defense and only gave up 13 points.”

Gaynor led Decatur with 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Hunter had 12 points and seven rebounds.

The Parkside Rams are scheduled to visit Berlin today, Friday, for a 5:30 p.m. match-up against Decatur.

Stephen Decatur junior PJ Copes makes a lay-up during Monday’s game against Washington in Berlin. Decatur lost 78-71.

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