On the night they honor their state champions, Decatur falls to Pocomoke at home

BERLIN, Md.- On the night the Seahawks celebrated the fifty year anniversary of their lone state championship win, the Pocomoke Warriors spoiled the excitement defeating Decatur 74-49.

Before the game, the Seahawks honored their all time number one fan Ms. Annie Snead Fooks. Ms. Fooks is the mother of former Stephen Decatur star and current Pocomoke Basketball Head Coach Derrick Fooks. A Seahawk forever, she cheered her loudest when her son was on the court and continued to be Decaturs biggest fan the rest of her life. Ms. Annie Fooks passed away in June at the age of 81.

At halftime, the Seahawks continued to celebrate, this time the fifty year anniversary of their lone state championship team in 1970. The team was one of the first teams at Decatur to feature both white and African American players. The ceremony held honored the coaching staff, players and manager:

Head Coach: Ward Lambert

Assistant Coach: Dick Burage

Assistant Coach: Leonard Jett


  • Oliver Purnell
  • Ron Dixon
  • Al “Hondo” Handy
  • Sherwood Purnell
  • Milton Purnell
  • Fason Purnell
  • Larry Waples
  • Alfred Harrison
  • Mike Parker
  • Marvin Small
  • Joe Sturgis
  • Rodney Tingle
  • Larry Duffy
  • Richard Hoskins
  • Lonnie Mercer


  • Gerald Purnell
  • Ward Holland
  • Sidney Blake
  • Russell Holland

Once the game started, it began to get out of hand. The Warriors jumped out to a 21-6 lead in the first half. Charles Finney was hot in the first quarter with eleven points. After a questionable three pointer that looked like it might not have beat the shot clock was counted as good, the Seahawks went on a run to cut the lead to just seven midway late in the first half. A Decatur timeout ended that run as the Warriors came out of the timeout to extend the lead back to 14 with the 34-20.

In the second half, the Warriors ran away with it. Led by a game high 30 points from Charles Finney, 17 from Brandon Snowden and 12 from Nigel Houston, Pocomoke pulled away for the 74-49 win over Decatur.

Pocomoke Scorers:

  • Charles Finney: 30 points
  • Brandon Snowden: 17 points
  • Nigel Houston: 12 points
  • Johari Eni: 9 points
  • D’aron Jones: 6 points

Decatur Scorers:

  • Drew Hauisen: 19 points
  • Koby Higgins: 11 points
  • Luke Margott: 8 points
  • Anterio Collins: 4 points
  • Theo Hobbs: 3 points
  • Trae Bunting: 2 points
  • Michael Clubb: 2 points
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