(Dec. 14, 2012) The Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team kicked off the 2012-13 season on a high note, winning its first competition, 62-45, over the North Dorchester Eagles last Thursday in Berlin.
“We played with a lot of intensity,” said Decatur Coach Mark Engle. “We dominated inside the paint. We executed our game plan, which was to work the ball inside, and we did it well. It was a great opener.”
The Seahawks led 20-7 at the end of the first quarter on their home court and went into the halftime break on top, 42-25. By the end of the third quarter, Decatur had built a 54-37 advantage.
Junior Tyler Hunter led Decatur with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Chase Sams, a junior, tallied 13 points and 13 rebounds.
On Monday, the Seahawks traveled to Salisbury, where they fell 54-44 to the James M. Bennett Clippers. The boys, Engle said, failed to “play fundamental basketball.”
Bennett led 18-7 at the end of the first quarter.
“We were 1-for-6 on free throws and we missed four or five lay-ups. You can’t do that against a good team,” Engle said.
Decatur outscored Bennett 10-8 in the second quarter and trailed 26-17 at the break. The Clippers led 40-29 after three quarters.
“We were 10-for-26 from the free-throw line and we missed at least 15 lay-ups and put-backs,” Engle said. “We seemed flat and we lacked intensity … We’ve got to go back basics.”
Hunter was Decatur’s top producer with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Seahawks will travel to Stevensville to play the Kent Island Buccaneers on Monday.