BASKETBALL: Gators lose to ninth-ranked Foss in OT; TJ girls beat Decatur

Decatur junior guard Markus Rawls keeps the ball away from a Foss defender during the Gators’ 77-68 loss Friday in the non-league game in Federal Way.  - Casey Olson/The Mirror
Decatur junior guard Markus Rawls keeps the ball away from a Foss defender during the Gators’ 77-68 loss Friday in the non-league game in Federal Way.
— image credit: Casey Olson/The Mirror

The Decatur Gators boys basketball team came very close against the ninth-ranked team in the state Friday night, but couldn't put away the Foss Falcons. The Falcons (5-0) outscored Decatur, 11-2, during overtime to win the game, 77-68.

The game was tied 66-66 at the end of regulation after a back-and-forth second half inside the Gators' home gym.

Decatur (4-3) had three players score in double figures, led by the 20 of senior guard Dom Hunter. Jeff Bartley finished with 17 points and Markus Rawls chipped in 12 points. Foss was led by 23 points from Marcus Chambers.

The Gators jumped out to a quick 18-12 lead after the first quarter. But Foss came back to take a 37-35 lead at halftime.

Federal Way — The seventh-ranked Curtis Vikings were too much for the Eagles Friday night, 64-50. It was the first loss in the SPSL South by Federal Way.

The Eagles (3-4 overall, 3-1 SPSL South) jumped out to a 17-6 lead early in the second quarter, but couldn't hang on. The Vikings (5-1, 4-1) used a 16-4 run during the second quarter to cruise to the victory.

Junior Brayon Blake led Federal Way with 17 points and 13 rebounds and D'Londo Tucker finished with 13.

The Eagles tried to comeback, cutting the Curtis lead six early in the fourth quarter. But the Vikings finished the game on a 16-7 run.

Beamer — The Titans blew away Graham-Kapowsin, 70-44, Friday night. Beamer broke the game open by outscoring the Eagles, 19-5, during the second quarter.

The Titans got 21 points from Roosevelt Jones, 17 from Thomas Rhodes and 12 from Juwan Flowers.


Girls basketball

The Thomas Jefferson Raiders got the best of the Decatur Gators, 62-42, Friday night in a non-league contest at TJ.

The Raiders (3-5 overall, 1-4 SPSL North) got 23 points from Christy Kullberg and 14 from Jada Piper during the win. A'yesia Rogers led Decatur (1-3 overall) with 21 points.

Jefferson led just 14-13 after the first quarter. But the Raiders outscored the Gators, 15-6, in the second quarter to take a 10-point halftime lead.

Beamer — The Titans (5-3 overall, 2-3 SPSL South) used a strong third quarter to get by the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles Friday, 41-31. Beamer outscored Graham-Kapowsin, 15-5, during the third to break a 16-16 halftime tie.

Senior Meghan Graf led the Titans with 15 points and Megan Huff and Megan Lindgren both finished with eight.

Federal Way — The Eagles rolled over the Curtis Vikings Friday night, 57-29, in University Place.

Federal Way (4-1 overall, 4-1 SPSL South) outscored Curtis, 22-8, during the first quarter and led 35-12 at halftime. The Eagles were led by the 20 points of senior point guard Darah Huertas-Vining. Huertas-Vining is averaging 23.4 points a game and has scored in double figures in all of Federal Way's games, including 31 during a loss to Emerald Ridge. Her low game is 14 during a win over Bethel.

Raven Benton ended up with 18 points during the win over Curtis and freshman Mariyah Vongsaveng finished with seven points.


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