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BOYS BASKETBALL: Beamer beats Federal Way for the first time ever; Decatur will battle Kennedy
For the first time in the history of Todd Beamer High School, the Titan boys basketball team can claim a victory over the Federal Way Eagles.
Beamer used a second-half comeback Friday night to outdistance the Eagles, 53-50, on their home court. The Titans outscored Federal Way, 31-20, during the third and fourth quarters.
The loss cost the Eagles a chance of winning the South Puget Sound League South Division title. Federal Way tied Curtis with identical 13-3 records in the SPSL South, but the Vikings beat the Eagles in both their regular season meetings. Beamer will be the South's third seed into the postseason with a 12-4 record after losing to Curtis Saturday in its SPSL South finale, 62-52.
Federal Way (14-6 overall) will take on Kent-Meridian, the second-place team from the SPSL North, at 5 p.m. at the Kent ShoWare Center on Friday, Feb. 10 for the third/fourth seed to the West Central District Tournament.
Beamer (13-6 overall) will play Mount Rainier (SPSL North 3) at 7 p.m. at Auburn High School on Saturday, Feb. 11 in the fifth/sixth contest.
Against Federal Way, the Titans were led by senior Thomas Rhodes, who finished with 16 points. Juwan Flowers ended up with 12 points. Federal Way got 16 points from D'Londo Tucker and 13 from Brayon Blake. The Eagles led 30-22 at the half.
Since entering the SPSL in 2003 as the fourth high school in the Federal Way school district, the Titans have been beaten up by the Eagles.
Federal Way was a perfect 10-0 against the Titans since the 2003-04 season. But the domination goes further than just an unbeaten record. Federal Way had dominated Beamer.
During the schools’ first 10 meetings, the Eagles outscored the Titans, 786-464, for an average victory of 79-46. Federal Way even welcomed Beamer to the SPSL with a 77-point win (111-34) in their first meeting ever.
Rhodes also led the Titans against Curtis with 20 points. The Vikings broke the game open in the second quarter by outscoring Beamer, 16-9.
Federal Way fought back Saturday night to beat Bethel, 51-40, in its final SPSL South game of the season. The Eagles jumped out to an 11-1 lead after the first quarter.
Blake led the way with 17 points and Tucker finished with 12. Sophomore Deonte Anderson chipped in 10 points for the Eagles.
In other action:
Decatur — The Gators capped a perfect SPSL 3A season with a 65-62 win over Auburn Mountainview Friday night. Decatur jumped out to an 18-10 lead after the first quarter.
Decatur (16-4 overall, 10-0 SPSL 3A) as led by 18 points from Abraham Ferrell-Logan. Dom Hunter and Markus Rawls both scored 14.
The Gators will kick off their postseason Friday night at the SPSL/Seamount/Bremerton 3A Sub-district Tournament. Decatur, the top seed from the SPSL 3A, will take on Kennedy Catholic, the winner of the Seamount League, for the top seed into the West Central District Tournament.
The Gators and Kennedy will play at 8 p.m. at Lakes High School.
Kennedy was a perfect 14-0 in the Seamount League and 17-2 overall. The Lancers are led by Mitch Penner. The 6-foot-5 forward is averaging 22.6 points a game. He is the only Kennedy player averaging in double figures.
Kennedy is currently the eighth-ranked team in the state, while Decatur is ranked 10th, according to the Seattle Times.
Jefferson — The Raiders fell out of contention for the postseason with a pair of losses to Kentlake and Tahoma Friday and Saturday. The two losses ended TJ's season.
Jefferson (9-11 overall, 6-10 SPSL North) finished up in seventh place in the SPSL North. The top-five qualified for the SPSL Tournament.
The Raiders were beaten by Kentlake Friday, 63-54. Jefferson led 41-36 entering the fourth quarter, but were outscored 27-13 during the final eight minutes. Daryon James led TJ with 23 points.
Tahoma beat the Raiders 63-51 Saturday. James tallied a career-high 31 points for TJ.