Local teams struggle through weekend

Rogers 73, Decatur 59

The Decatur boys basketball team jumped on Rogers early, scoring the first six points of the game. But Rogers hung close throughout and eventually won 73-59.

Decatur had a seven-point lead as late as the second quarter, but a Rogers run put the Rams up at halftime. Rogers had eight offensive rebounds that lead to 14 points.

“They killed us on the offensive boards in the first half,” Decatur coach Kevin Olson said. “If we get half of those rebounds, we have a nice lead at halftime. Instead they are up one.”

In the third quarter, Rogers extended its lead as Decatur only scored eight points.

“Rogers made plays, hit shots and we didn’t,” Olson said. “We had many opportunities to score, yet could not get the job done. You have to give credit to Rogers, they played with poise and confidence, and they shot the ball well, including a fall-away 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer.”

Decatur senior Alonzo Akres scored 16 points in the first half, but didn’t score in the second half after Rogers adjusted its defense.

“They held Alonzo scoreless in the second half by really getting physical inside and we didn’t respond to their intensity,” Olson said. “We are not far from being a good team. Hopefully we can make the needed adjustments soon, we are in a hole right now at 0-2 in league play. We are focussing on one game at a time now, that is the only way to go.”

Brandon Hicks scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds. Christian Scholze had nine assists and five steals. Larry Kier had eight points, including two 3-pointers, and three steals.

Steven Patenaude had four points, four rebounds and three steals. Martin Zukowski had eight points and three rebounds.

Decatur is 0-2 in league, 1-2 overall.

The Gators will look for their first league win when they play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Puyallup.

Roosevelt 85, Jefferson 73

Matt Englund’s 27 points weren’t enough as the Jefferson boys basketball team fell to Roosevelt 85-73 Friday.

The Raiders trailed by seven points with two minutes left, but turned the ball over three times and missed two shots.

“We scored more than 70 points, which is good,” said Jefferson coach Dave Reynolds. “We just need to take care of the ball and get the shots we need to shoot down the stretch. But I was pleased with the effort.”

The game was tied at 42 at halftime, but Roosevelt jumped out to an eight-point lead in the third quarter.

“Offensively we’re doing fine, but we need to play some team defense and block out,” Reynolds said. “They got quite a few put-backs.”

Reynolds said the Raiders will be also working on freethrows. As a team, Jefferson is shooting just 58 percent.

The hot-shooting Roosevelt team hit 42 percent from behind the three-point arch, making 8 of 19 three-point attempts.

“We played them in the fall league and know they have good talent,” Reynolds said. “We want to play as many good teams as possible and see where we’re at.”

The Raiders dropped to 0-3.

Jefferson will attempt its first league win when it plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rogers.

Bethel 56, Federal Way 36

At least the Eagles boys basketball team was consistent — it scored nine points in each quarter. That wasn’t enough for the Eagles as they fell 56-36 to a talented Bethel team.

Nate Sanchez and Andre Piper-Jordan scored eight points each to lead the Eagles, who suffered their first loss of the season.

Johnny DuRocher scored 25 points for Bethel.

Federal Way is 1-1 in league, 2-1 overall. The Eagles look to get back on the winning track when they play at 7:30 p.m.Friday at Emerald Ridge.

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