Seahawks maintain lead and earn 56-48 victory over Buccaneers

(Dec. 21, 2012) Monday’s boys’ basketball game between Stephen Decatur and the Kent Island Buccaneers in Stevensville was a back-and-forth battle, but the visiting team never forfeited its lead. The Seahawks pulled out a 56-48 victory on the road.

“The first quarter we started out fairly strong and the kids played well,” said Decatur Coach Mark Engle. The Seahawks had a 13-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Each team tallied 17 points in the second quarter as Decatur led 30-27 at the halftime break.

Kent Island outscored its guests 13-10 in the third quarter. Both teams had 40 points on the scoreboard at the start of the fourth quarter. The Decatur defense was impenetrable in the final quarter; the Seahawks netted 16 points and held the Buccaneers to eight.

“The game was tight the whole way, but we didn’t ever fall behind,” Engle said. “The kids stepped up and we played good, solid man-to-man defense in the fourth quarter and pulled it out … Tyler Hunter (ankle injury) and Jesse [Engle] (stress fracture) are out still, so to win without our two leading scorers was huge.”

Sophomore Collin Gaynor, who was recently moved up to the varsity team from JV, led Decatur with 13 points and eight rebounds. Junior Chase Sams contributed with eight points and eight rebounds.

“It was a good win. Hopefully, we can build on that,” Engle said.

Decatur is scheduled to compete in the Governor’s Challenge tournament, Dec. 26-29, at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury. The four-day event will feature approximately 35 schools.

Decatur will play Arcadia of Virginia at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26. On Saturday, Dec. 29, the Seahawks will take on Sussex Central of Delaware at 5 p.m. Tournament admission costs $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 11-18. Children 10 and younger admitted free. A four-day tournament past costs $30 for adults and $15 for students.

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