Voyles, Seahawks hold on to win third consecutive regional title

The Stephen Decatur Seahawks won their 3rd consecutive 3A East Regional Championship, defeating Centennial 60-51 on Saturday afternoon.

Senior guard Kevon Voyles scored a game-high 38 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter to secure his team's third straight trip to the Xfinity Center on the campus of the University of Maryland.

"They came out in the second half and punched us in the mouth, and we took the punch and just reloaded," said Voyles. "Coach told us told us to just play how we play, don't change up, just play our game, and we came out victorious."

Centennial grabbed their first lead at 33-31 after a 16-2 run propelled by two Sean Taylor 3-pointers. But Decatur would lean heavily on their senior leader, who put in 9 of the Seahawks' 11 second half field goals. Decatur's second leading scorer, sophomore Gabe Aluma, (6 points) scored all of his buckets in the first quarter. Voyles would end up scoring 24 of Decatur's 31 second half points on his way to a third straight try for a state title.

With the win, Decatur will travel to the Xfinity Center at the University of Maryland College Park, where they will take on defending 3A champion Polytechnic of Baltimore for a second consecutive season on Thursday, March 8th. Poly beat Decatur 74-44 last year in one 3A state semifinal matchup.

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