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Decatur plays ‘best game to date’ against Parkside, coach says

(Jan. 18, 2013) Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball Coach Mark Engle was impressed with the Seahawks’ performance against the Parkside Rams last Friday in Berlin. Decatur won the match, 62-58.

“We had a two- to four-point lead the whole game. It was a good, solid well-played game, by far our best game to date,” Engle said. “Our assist-to-turnover ratio was 18-12, which is huge because we’ve been on the flip side of that for a long time, and it’s not going to win you a lot of games. It was a good win for us.”

The Seahawks led 15-9 at the end of the first quarter. Both teams tallied 14 points in the second and Decatur went into the break on top 29-23. Each team tacked on 16 points in the third. Parkside outscored Decatur 19-17 in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to take over the lead.

“We worked on defense and controlling the tempo of the game, and I think we did a good job. We held them to 58 points and they’re a good team,” Engle said.

Senior captain Jesse Engle scored 19 points and had eight assists. Tyler Hunter, a junior, logged 18 points and 15 rebounds.

On Tuesday, the James M. Bennett Clippers traveled to Berlin. The visitors won the game, 68-61.

Engle said three factors led to the Seahawks downfall: foul trouble, defensive breakdowns and offensive put-backs on the opponent’s part. “A couple things like that in a close game can cost you,” he said.

Jesse Engle netted a three-pointer to put Decatur on the board just 25 seconds into the game. A minute later, Bennett answered with a three and another fell about 40 seconds later.

The Clippers pulled ahead 9-3, but the Seahawks fought back. Senior Cameron Gaynor and Engle sank foul shots to cut the lead to three.

Gaynor scored a lay-up and was fouled in the process. He hit his free throw to even the match 9-9. Bennett led 13-9 at the end of the first quarter.

In the final seconds of the second quarter, the Clippers led 28-23. Engle’s shot from the three-point line fell, cutting Bennett’s advantage to 28-26 with eight seconds left in the half. At the buzzer, the visiting team netted a three and went into the break ahead 31-26.

Decatur outscored Bennett 14-13 in the third quarter, but the Clippers came out on top 24-21 in the fourth to secure the victory.

Engle had 22 points and five assists, and Gaynor scored 17.

“Overall, I thought we played well. We’re moving in the right direction; we just need to do it a little faster,” Coach Engle said.

The Seahawks are scheduled to host the Wi-Hi Indians at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Stephen Decatur senior Jesse Engle passes the ball around a James M. Bennett player during Tuesday’s game in Berlin. Engle had 22 points and five assists in Decatur’s 68-61 loss.


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