Decatur boys surprise Federal Way

On Friday, the Decatur boys basketball team did what it had to do to continue its season: beat Federal Way.

“It’s always fun to beat your rival schools, especially when it puts you in the playoffs,” said Decatur coach Kevin Olson. “The real motivation was to getting to the playoffs. Our defense has been carrying us the last three games we’ve won.”

Federal Way had an 18-13 lead after the first quarter, but then Brandon Hicks came off the bench for Decatur.

Hicks started off with a 3-pointer, then scored 10 of his game-high 23 points in the second quarter to key an 11-0 Decatur run.

“I just wanted to come out and do my best,” Hicks said. “We had to step up, and we all stepped up together. After this game, we can beat any team in the league.”

Hicks had seven rebounds and three steals. Alonzo Akres scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds and five steals.

Andre Piper-Jordan led Federal Way with 21 points.

Decatur played Emerald Ridge last night to decide who would take the SPSL No. 5 seed. The loser is out.

If Decatur beat Emerald Ridge last night, the Gators play Kentridge at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Puyallup.

The Federal Way boys basketball team is the No. 4 seed out of the SPSL South. The Eagles play Kent Meridian at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at Puyallup.

Both games are loser-out contests. If both Decatur and Federal Way win Thursday night, they could face each other at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday to decide who advances to the West Central District tournament.

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