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Eklund chooses Stanford

"Things were just going too well for Lindsay Bemis and the Curtis boys basketball team entering Friday night’s South Puget Sound League showdown against the Decatur.Something simply had to give.It was their health and a five-game win streak as the Gators’ Nick Moxley scored 16 of his team’s 19 fourth quarter points to pull out the 57-50 win for Decatur.Moxley finished with a game-high 30 points. More importantly, however, was Moxley’s free-throw shooting. He hit 13 of 15 in the game’s final four minutes.Virgil Brown added 16 points to the Gators’ cause. Dio Cadogan paced the Vikings with 16 points while Matt Warter came off the bench to score 12. Trying to make a late fourth-quarter comeback, Bemis and the Vikings were forced to foul. The only problem was, Moxley was always the one with the ball.“He went and got the ball and made sure he had it. He’s a tough kid,” Bemis said.Decatur coach Keith Cooper couldn’t agree with Bemis more.“He’s an outstanding player. He did a great job keeping the tempo in our favor,” Cooper said.Early on, it didn’t appear missing two starters would hurt the Vikings as they shot out to a 9-2 lead in the game’s first few minutes. Giving the Vikings even more optimism was the play of Cadogan, who looked to be in for another big night as he pulled down three rebounds and converted a Decatur turnover into a coast-to-coast dunk in the midst of Curtis’ first-quarter run.As well as the Vikings were playing in the first, things went south in a hurry. Decatur finished the quarter on a 7-2 run thanks to a Niko Nunogawa free throw and six straight points by Brown to cut the Curtis lead to 11-9Meanwhile, Cadogan, the Vikings’ biggest presence in the paint, came down with his second foul of the game in the waning moments of the first quarter.“That took away a little bit of our assertiveness,” Bemis said.Decatur’s 7-2 run in the first quarter ballooned to an 18-6 run in the second as the Gators took command 20-15.By late in the third quarter, the Gators’ lead grew to 36-22, as Tyrese Shields banked a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Through constant fouling, Curtis pulled to within 55-51 with nine seconds remaining in the game, but it just wasn’t enough.For the Gators, who lost five seniors from last year’s team, it was a nice win, Cooper said.“I think they’re growing by leaps and bounds each game,” the coach said.As for Bemis and the Vikings, it’s time to regroup.“We were on a real roll. Now, we just have to get rolling again,” he said."

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