Jefferson boys bring home trophy

For the first time in 15 years, the Jefferson boys basketball team brought home a tournament trophy.

The Raiders enjoyed their winter break by winning the Central Kitsap Tournament last weekend at Olympic High School.

Jefferson beat home-team Olympic 78-64 in the championship game Saturday.

“It’s a good deal for our program,” said Jefferson coach Dave Reynolds. “To win against two pretty good teams, we get a feel for what it’s like to win.”

After starting the season with six losses, the Raiders have won their past three games in a row — a 71-53 win over Spanaway Lake, then tournament wins over Ellensburg and Olympic.

Dominique DeGrate led the Raiders with 24 points and 10 rebounds, his highest-scoring game of the season.

“We know he’s capable of doing that,” Reynolds said.

Myron Hennings scored 21 points and had five assists. Matt Englund scored 17 points.

Englund was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. DeGrate and Hennings were also named to the all-tournament team.

“It gives us more confidence,” Reynolds said. “Hopefully it will carry over (into the league season). We have 11 games left and we have a good chance in all of them.”

Jefferson will try to continue its winning streak against South Puget Sound League teams. It played Decatur last night, then plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Federal Way.

“Consistency is the big thing,” Reynolds said about what is key to Jefferson’s future success. “Consistency and team work on both offense and defense — working together, shooting well and rebounding.”

Bothell 61, Federal Way 52

The Federal Way boys basketball team couldn’t finish the job in a 61-52 loss to Bothell in the third and fourth place game of the NBI Christmas Ball last weekend at Bothell.

The Eagles started the game with an 18-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 43-40 at the end of three quarters, but gave up a 12-0 run as they fell behind to open the fourth quarter.

Andre Piper-Jordan led Federal Way with 18 points. Brandon Chavers and Brad Mahlstedt scored nine points each.

Jason Carlson added eight and William Reese scored six.

Federal Way fell to 6-4 overall.

Federal Way returns to South Puget Sound League action when it hosts Jefferson at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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