Decatur to host Huntingtown in regional tourney first round

(Feb. 27, 2015) The Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a 60-45 victory over the Kent Island Buccaneers Monday night in Stevensville.

“I’m glad we got the win,” said Decatur Coach Byron “BJ” Johnson. “Our energy level was not where it should have been.”

The visiting Seahawks led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. By halftime, Decatur had boosted its advantage to 25-14. After three quarters, the squad was ahead 40-24.

Sophomore Tyree Henry scored 13 points and had eight rebounds. Ernest Shockley, a junior, contributed 11 points and eight rebounds and sophomore Keve Aluma tallied seven points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Ja’Quan Johnson logged 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Seahawks finished the regular season with an 8-14 record (5-11 Bayside Conference).

Decatur received the No. 4 seed in Section I of the 3A South Regional tournament bracket. Huntingtown and Decatur had the same record so tournament officials flipped a coin to see who be seeded fourth and fifth. Decatur won the toss and will host the Huntingtown Hurricanes, today, Friday, at 6 p.m. (weather permitting).

“We were excited when we got the good news. Any time you get a home playoff game is great,” Johnson said. “Having the fans behind you in the first playoff game is a plus. We could use all the support and positive energy. It helps the kids play harder.”

The winner will face the No. 1 seed of Section I, the Northeast Eagles of Anne Arundel on Tuesday, March 3.

To be successful in the regional tournament, Johnson said the Seahawks must take care of the basketball, utilize their big players under the basket, rebound and commit less turnovers then their opponents.

“We’re 0-0. It’s the start of a new season,” he said. “We’re going to take one game at a time and see how far we can go.”

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