BERLIN – Stephen Decatur staged a furious fourth quarter comeback to beat Washington 52-50 last Thursday.
Washington pushed the lead to 45-36 to open the fourth quarter when Drakar Purnell hit a three-pointer, then Tre Foreman and Teron Tyre made layups to cut the lead to 46-45. After the Jaguars scored, Decatur’s Jesse Engle sunk a three-pointer to tie the game at 48 with two minutes left.
Foreman then scored an easy layup after forcing a turnover to give the Seahawks their first lead of the night. Washington tied it with a minute left and then Matt Swistak calmly made two free throws with 30 seconds left to give Decatur the winning margin. The Jaguars had one more chance to win but a three-point shot clanged off the rim in the last seconds to preserve the comeback win for the Seahawks.
“For me, this has been the signature win for our program this year,” said SDHS coach Mark Engle. “We got down, guys were glum in the locker room, but they came out in the second half and responded.
“We picked it up defensively in the second half. We turned the corner tonight. I’m really happy about this win.”