(Feb. 1, 2013) The Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team got off to a slow start Tuesday, according to Coach Mark Engle, but the Seahawks eventually found their rhythm against the Poco-moke Warriors. Unfortunately, the late effort just wasn’t enough and the Warriors walked away with 55-50 victory.
The teams tallied near-matching points during most of the match-up. Pocomoke scored 14 points in the first quarter to the Seahawks’ 11. The Warriors edged out Decatur 12-11 in the second quarter to lead 26-22 at the halftime break.
In the third quarter, the visiting team outscored the Warriors 15-13 to cut the advantage to two points (39-37).
Pocomoke secured the win, tallying 16 points in the fourth quarter to Decatur’s 13.
“We had the lead in the third and fourth quarter, but they got a couple offensive rebounds and scored,” Engle said. “With about two minutes left, they went up and stayed up. We didn’t execute well on offense down the stretch and we had a couple of crucial turnovers. We also got into some foul trouble.”
Senior co-captain Jesse Engle was Decatur’s leading scorer with 24 points. Junior Tyler Hunter had 11 points.
“All in all, I thought we played fairly well. Just execution down the stretch kind of cost us the game,” the coach said.
The Seahawks have five regular-season games remaining. Decatur’s next match is set for Tuesday against the Washington Jaguars in Princess Anne.
“We need to control the ball, cut down on our turnovers, only give the other team one opportunity to shoot and execute on offense,” Engle said. “We’re improving, but not at the rate I feel we need to.”