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BASKETBALL WRAP: Beamer boys tied with Federal Way atop SPSL South
The Todd Beamer boys basketball team will hold first place in the South Puget Sound League South Division at least until the New Year.
The Titans put together an impressive 75-64 win over a good Spanaway Lake team Tuesday night in the SPSL South. The win improves Beamer to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the SPSL South, which is good for a tie with the 5-1 Federal Way Eagles.
Beamer controlled a bulk of the game in Spanaway, jumping out to a 60-42 lead after three quarters. Spanaway Lake made the score a little more respectable by outscoring the Titans, 22-15, in the fourth quarter.
Senior Thomas Rhodes led four Beamer players in double figures with a season-high 25 points. Roosevelt Jones finished with 20, Juwan Flowers had 16 and Luscious Brown chipped in 10.
Beamer was deadly from behind the 3-point line Tuesday, making 11 of 14 on the game.
The Titans have the next two weeks off for the Christmas break and won't play again until Jan. 3 against Rogers. Beamer and Federal Way will play for the first time Jan. 6 at Federal Way.
Federal Way — The Eagles (4-3 overall, 4-1 SPSL South) got back on track in the South Puget Sound League South Division with an 88-72 win over Rogers Tuesday night at home.
The Eagles, coming off their first SPSL loss of the season to Curtis, got a huge all-around game from 6-foot-5 sophomore Brayon Blake. The Cleveland High School transfer finished with 31 points, 14 rebounds and five assists during the victory.
Federal Way led 25-14 after the first quarter and 49-29 at halftime. Sophomore Deonte Anderson finished with 17 points and Anthony Rogers and DeeShawn Tucker both chipped in 12 points each.
Jefferson — The Raiders (2-5 overall, 2-4 SPSL North) fell behind the Auburn Trojans early and couldn't fight back Tuesday night, losing 59-52 in an SPSL North Division contest.
Auburn jumped out to a 14-6 lead after the first quarter and led 46-31 at the end of the third quarter. The Raiders outscored Auburn, 21-13, in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough.
Jefferson got 16 points from Daryon James and 15 from Daniel Park. JJ Ruffin led three Trojans in double figures with 16.
Federal Way — The Eagles moved to 5-1 in the SPSL South with a 61-50 win over the Rogers Rams Tuesday in Federal Way. Federal Way got 20 points from Raven Benton and 15 from Dyesha Belhumeur.
The Eagles will travel to Idaho on Dec. 27 to take on Post Falls High School in a non-league contest.
Jefferson — The Raiders (4-5 overall, 2-5 SPSL North) made a fierce comeback in the fourth quarter to beat the Auburn Trojans Tuesday, 44-38, in SPSL North action. Jefferson outscored Auburn, 20-9, during the fourth to erase a five-point third quarter lead.
The Raiders got 22 points from junior Jada Piper and 11 from Christy Kullberg.
Beamer — The Titans (5-4 overall, 2-4 SPSL South) were upended on their home court Tuesday by the Spanaway Lake Sentinels, 58-55. Spanaway Lake built an eight-point lead at halftime, which was too much for Beamer to overcome.
The Titans were led by 21 points from senior Meghan Graf and got 19 from Megan Huff during the loss.
Decatur — The Gators (1-4 overall) were beaten up Tuesday night by the second-ranked Class 4A team in the state, Mount Rainier, 64-22. The unbeaten Rams got 30 points from Brittany McPhee.
Decatur was led by the 10 points of A'yesia Rogers during the non-league contest.