Decatur Boys Roll Past Mardela, 78-34

Decatur Boys Roll Past Mardela, 78-34
Decatur’s Kevon Voyles works the ball into the offensive end during the first quarter of Monday’s 78-34 win over Mardela. Photo by Shawn Soper

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity basketball team cruised past visiting Mardela, 78-34, on Monday and appears to have put a little mid-season malaise behind them.

The Seahawks lost three straight to Woodbridge, Snow Hill and Bennett over the period of about a week from January 26 to February 1 and perhaps more importantly lost a little of the swagger they had on their way to a 10-1 regular season record. Last Friday, however, the Decatur boys snapped that mini-streak with an impressive 68-57 win over Washington on the road.

On Monday, the Seahawks were back in action at home against Mardela and jumped all over the Warriors early on their way to a 78-34 win. Decatur already led 8-3 about half way through the first quarter when Kevon Voyles slashed through the lane for a fast-break layup. On the next possession, Voyles nailed a long three-pointer to extend the lead to 10 points at 13-3.

Much of the first half featured mini scoring runs for different Decatur players. With three minutes left in the first quarter, Zion Shockley scored a layup and was fouled in the process. Shockley converted the free throw to put the Seahawks ahead, 16-3. On the next possession, Shockley went strong to the basket again and put the Seahawks up 18-3.

A nice runner by Tah’Jeem Woodland put Decatur ahead 20-3 as the Seahawks were getting everybody involved in the offense. A pair of free throws by Brett Berquist put Decatur ahead 22-3 with just over a minute left in the first quarter. Mardela would not quit, however, and scored three baskets in the last minute of the first quarter to cut the lead to 22-9.

The Seahawks put the game away for good in the second quarter as they continued to get scoring from up and down the roster. Churchill Bounds started the quarter with a layup on a nice assist by Voyles to extend the lead to 24-9. On the next possession, Voyles launched another long three to push the lead to 27-10.

Decatur’s Joel Niles then got in the action with a nice jumper from the corner to extend the lead to 31-10. Niles scored again on a put-back on the next possession to push the lead to 33-10. Mardela responded with a three-pointer to cut the lead to 33-13, but Voyles again had the answer with a three-pointer of his own to put the lead at 36-13 with just over four minutes remaining in the second quarter.

Decatur’s Antonio Collins slashed through the Mardela defense and converted a layup to push the lead to 38-13. Seconds later, Collins came up with a steal on the defensive end and went coast-to-coast for a fast-break layup to make it 40-13. Another layup by Bounds made it 42-13, but Mardela again rallied late in the second.

The Warriors scored the last seven points of the second quarter to cut the Decatur lead to 42-22 at the half. However, the damage had been done and the Seahawks coasted through the second half on their way to a 78-34 win. With the win, the Seahawks improved to 12-6 on the season.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.