BOYS BASKETBALL: Decatur, Federal Way fall short in loser-out contests
By CASEY OLSON
Federal Way Mirror Sports editor
February 27, 2012 · Updated 1:50 PM
The Decatur Gators' sixth-straight trip into the state boys basketball tournament didn't last too long. Mountlake Terrace ended the Gators' season Friday night in the loser-out regional round of state, 77-62.
The fifth-ranked Hawks (23-1) opened the game at Jackson High School on a 12-2 run. But Decatur fought back to tie the game at 15-15 after the first quarter. Mountlake Terrace held a slim two-point lead at halftime, 33-31.
It was the third quarter that proved to be the difference Friday night. The Hawks blew the game open by outscoring the Gators, 23-10, during the eight minutes to basically put the game away.
Marquis Armstead scored a game-high 24 points and Ryan Shannon added 17 points, four rebounds and six assists, for Mountlake Terrace.
Like they have been all season, the Gators were led by senior guard Dom Hunter. The 6-footer finished with 23 points and tallied 525 points on the season for an average of 21.0 a game. Junior Abraham Ferrell-Logan scored 15 points and senior Markus Rawls chipped in 11.
It's the second year in a row that Decatur has failed to make it to the Tacoma Dome for the state quarterfinal round. Last year, the Gators were also beaten in the regional round by Lakes and Lincoln.
Jackson 50, Federal Way 45
The future looks bright for the Eagles. But it will have to wait another year. Jackson ended Federal Way's season Friday night in the regional round of the Class 4A state tournament at Kent-Meridian High School.
The Eagles, who don't start a senior, controlled the first half against the Wolves, taking a 22-17 lead into the locker room.
But the second half was all Jackson and sophomore Jason Todd. The 6-foot-5 forward scored 19 of his game-high 28 points in the second half to earn the Wolves the trip to the Tacoma Dome.
With Federal Way leading 42-41 with two minutes remaining in the game, Todd tallied the Wolves' final nine points to give Jackson a 50-42 lead. The Eagles hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to break a three-and-a-half minute scoreless streak.
Federal Way (16-9) was led by 16 points from sophomore Brayon Blake. Deonte Anderson, another sophomore, chipped in 10 points for the Eagles.
Contact Federal Way Mirror Sports editor Casey Olson at email@example.com or (253) 925-5565 ext. 5056.