BOYS BASKETBALL: Third-ranked Lakes takes control of SPSL 3A; Beamer wins, FW and TJ lose

The third-ranked Lakes Lancers took control of the South Puget Sound League 3A Division with an impressive 96-75 win over the Decatur Gators (8-5 overall, 3-1 SPSL 3A) in Lakewood Friday night in a battle between the two top teams in the league.

The Lancers (12-1, 4-0) remained unbeaten in the SPSL 3A by jumping out to a 56-31 lead at halftime. Lakes had four players score in double figures, led by the 25 of Nate Guy.

Decatur senior Jerron Smith continued his impressive scoring season with 37 points to raise his season average to 27.7 a game. Dom Hunter finished with 12 points for the Gators and Abraham Logan-Ferrell chipped in 10 points.

The two teams will meet again Feb. 1 at Decatur.

No. 3 Kentridge 86, at Jefferson 73

The Raiders couldn't keep up with the third-ranked Chargers Friday night at home. Kentridge's Gary Bell and Brendan Westendorf combined for 55 points, with Bell scoring 28 and Westendorf 27.

Jefferson (4-9, 1-8) had four players in double figures, led by the 16 points of Deontae Davis. Chase Braxmeyer finished with 13, Danny Park had 12 and Kendall Green chipped in 11.

Puyallup 71, at Federal Way 69

Despite getting a career-high 37 points from senior sharpshooter Jerry Duckworth and leading 14-2 in the first five minutes, the Eagles fell to the Vikings Friday night in Federal Way. The Eagles (6-6, 5-4) had beaten Puyallup in their first meeting of the season. Duckworth finished with seven 3-pointers.

The Vikings' Jay Balmer also had seven 3-pointers and scored 30 points. Puyallup hit a pair of free throws to snap a 69-69 tie with less than 30 seconds remaining. But the Eagles couldn't convert the game-tying or winning shot. Deshea Bell had 15 points and Napa Mefi chipped in 10 for Federal Way.

at Beamer 73, Emerald Ridge 67

The Titans (4-8, 3-6) jumped all over the Jaguars in the first quarter, outscoring Emerald Ridge 22-14 Friday night. The Jags, however, fought back to take a 52-46 into the fourth quarter before Beamer erupted for 27 points in the final period to win the game.

Mac Gridley led four Titans in double figures with 23 points. Thomas Rhodes finished with 20, Andrew Maran had 15 and Derek Brown finished with 11 points.

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