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Jefferson boys drop Decatur
"Jefferson senior Sudon DeSuze's 25 points, four blocked shots and school-record 22 rebounds sparked his team to a 73-63 win over Decatur Friday. Sudon is what I call a quick jumper - he doesn't need much space to get off the ground, said Jefferson coach Dave Reynolds. He tips the ball and keeps it alive. He also has a calming effect on our team. He gets into the game, but he is very even tempered.While the 6-foot-1 DeSuze may have been the most active Raider, it was the entire Jefferson team that contributed to the winning effort. This is our best game as a team, Jefferson junior guard Matt Englund said. We passed it around and executed well. I think we were up for this game, coming off a losing streak, playing in front of all these people. We learned that if we play as a team, we can run anyone into the ground. It gives us a big confidence boost. Englund finished with 18 points and six rebounds. Early in the season we weren't playing well as a team, Englund said. It would get down to one player against five, but now we have confidence in the whole team. Decatur trailed by as many as 16 points in the fourth quarter before starting a comeback run. A scrappy full-court press led by senior guard Chad Bellessa and two three-pointers by junior wing William Reese cut the Jefferson lead to 66-61 with 33 seconds left, but that was as close as it would get. They out-rebounded us and that killed us, said Decatur senior Niko Nunogawa, who finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds. We just couldn't score, and they were scoring at will.The win is the first for Jefferson in its past six attempts. The Raiders came close to a win Wednesday with a comeback run in the fourth quarter against Federal Way, but ran out of time. Friday's game against Decatur was a continuation of that fourth-quarter run, DeSuze said. We're still riding on emotion form the Federal Way game, DeSuze said. We played good in the second half of that game, and we kept that intensity against Decatur. We played as a team, people were looking for each other- it opened up things.Give credit to them. They came out and took it to us in the third quarter, said Decatur coach Kevin Olson. They deserve to win. They got rebounds, we didn't. They put it in the basket, we didn't. Jefferson outscored Decatur 22-16 in the third quarter before the Gators started to build a fourth-quarter comeback. Bellessa finished with eight points and three steals and senior Brandon Parker had nine points and four rebounds for the GatorsI thought we dominated on the boards, Jefferson coach Dave Reynolds said. I'm pleased we had twice as many offensive rebounds as defensive rebounds - second and third shots are the key. Jefferson (3-4) is at Spanaway Lake (2-5) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday while Decatur (2-5) has a bye. "