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PREP SPORTS WRAP: Decatur boys drops another tough non-league contest; FW still unbeaten in South
Their record may not show it right now, but the Decatur Gators are going to be a very good basketball team down the stretch.
The Gators (3-3) lost another ultra-tough non-league game Tuesday night on the road against the Lincoln Abes in Tacoma, 55-53. The Abes are the 10th-ranked team in Class 3A.
Decatur, which has played in five straight state tournaments under head coach Kevin Olson, had a shot to tie the game at the buzzer against Lincoln.
“I think we are going to be just fine,” Olson said. “We are 3-3 and have played some good competition.”
The Gators’ three losses this season have come to Class 4A Newport, a very solid Bellevue team and Lincoln, while their three victories have all come over solid Class 4A SPSL teams — Kentlake, Beamer and Auburn Riverside.
Decatur and Olson are able to put together the challenging non-league schedule because the Gators’ SPSL 3A season doesn’t begin until after the New Year.
“These games are about us raising our level of competition so that we are prepared for league and district play,” Olson said.
According to Olson, the two big questions surrounding this year’s edition of the Gators were: Who is going to score down the stretch in the absence of all-stater Jerron Smith, and who is going to rebound in the absence of Austen Wilson?
“These close games against good teams are forcing us to address those questions and I think we’ll be ready for a strong run in January, February,” Olson said.
Against Lincoln, the 10th-ranked Abes outscored Decatur, 17-4, to erase an early seven-point lead by the Gators. Decatur attempted to comeback in the second half, outscoring Lincoln, 32-28.
Abraham Ferrell-Logan led three Decatur players in double figures with 19 points. Markus Rawls finished with 16 and Dom Hunter chipped in 14. But the threesome ended up scoring 51 of the Gators’ 53 points Tuesday night.
Federal Way — The Eagles remained unbeaten in the SPSL South with a narrow 59-58 win over Spanaway Lake Tuesday night on the road.
Sophomore guard DeeShawn Tucker scored 21 points for the Eagles (3-3 overall, 3-0 SPSL South) and his older brother, D'Londo, finished with 15.
DeeShawn Tucker also had a key defensive blocked shot with 4 seconds left in the game to preserve the two-point victory.
After playing a dead-even first half, Spanaway Lake built a 35-30 lead midway through the third quarter. But the Eagles responded with an 11-0 run and never trailed again.
Jefferson — Things started out well for the Raiders (2-4 overall, 2-3 SPSL North) Tuesday night on the road against Mount Rainier. But they didn't end the same way. Mount Ranier outscored TJ 38-23 in the second half to earn a 68-55 SPSL North win.
Jefferson jumped all over the Rams, outscoring Mount Rainier 20-6 in the first quarter. The Raiders were led by the 15 points of Kendall Green and got 13 from Daniel Park.
Jefferson — The top-ranked Mount Rainier Rams were too much for the Thomas Jefferson Raiders Tuesday night, 67-46. The loss dropped the Raiders to 2324.
Jefferson had nine players score at least two points and were led by the 12 points of Christina Kullberg.
Federal Way — The Eagles picked up a 65-54 South Puget Sound League South Division win Tuesday over Spanaway Lake at home.
The Eagles () got 26 points from senior point guard Darah Huertas-Vining and 11 each from Raven Benton and Dyesha Belhumeur.
Federal Way jumped out to a 25-15 lead after the first quarter and extended the lead to 33-19 at halftime.
Beamer — The Titans were beaten by Puyallup Tuesday night on the road, 54-46. The loss dropped Beamer to 34343 in the SPSL South.
The Titans got 18 points from both Megan Huff and Meghan Graf.
The Thomas Jefferson Raiders scored 170.95 points, but came up short against Enumclaw Wednesday in a four-way meet. Enumclaw, a favorite to win the Class 3A title, tallied 173.75 points, while Rogers (150.30) and Auburn (142.40) followed TJ.
Senior Madi Kellar won the all-around with 37.10 points to outdistance Enumclaw's Olivia Bannerot (36.5). Kellar also won the balance beam (9.4) and floor exercise (9.65) and was second on the bars (9.05) and third on the vault (9.0). Monica Church was second on the vault (9.3) and third on the floor (9.5).
The Todd Beamer Titans slipped by the Puyallup Vikings Wednesday in a key early-season SPSL South dual meet. The Titans picked up four pins a forfeit and a pair of technical falls.
Jordan Rhodes won by pin at 106, Brian Dykman at 120, Aron Set-Heit at 138 and Lance Gibson at 160. Beamer also got technical falls from Tre Uson at 126 and Deshar House at 145.
The Titans' other wins came from Brett Dykman at 113 (forfeit), Haftem Tafere at 132 (13-11 overtime decision) and Kristoff Ricketts at 182 (11-0 decision).
Decatur — The Gators blew away Auburn Mountainview Wednesday at home, 67-3. Decatur finished with eight pins on the night, including a 37-second pin by Max Henry at 160 pounds.
Other pins came from Tristan Dawson (113), Drew Dasher (120), Keoni Aparis (126), Isaiah Diggs (132), Dennis Good (138), Brandon Zimmerman (152), Spencer Smith (182), Cody Vanderlin (195) and Kyle Gleed (285).