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Federal Way knocks out Kentwood
Federal Way senior Jason Carlson hit four 3-pointers and senior William Reese added two more in the fourth quarter as Federal Way secured a state berth with a 59-55 win over Kentwood Saturday.
I do what I gotta do, Carlson said. I felt kind of embarrassed after last game. I stayed late at practice and it worked.
Although he had shot well from long range all season, Carlson was just 1 for 11 from behind the 3-point arc in the two playoff games prior to Saturdays game. Reese hadnt shot much better, making just one of five 3-point attempts in the loss to South Kitsap before warming up against Kentwood.
Against Kentwood, Carlson hit a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter, then Reese hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Federal Way a 55-47 lead with 3:21 left in the game.
At practice, coach asked me if I was going to get us to state, Reese said. I said, Yeah, coach. I had that in my mind. I wanted to succeed. The shots were open and I took them. I like the clutch. I havent been in it too many times, but I like it.
Carlson led Federal Way with 14 points. Senior guard Andre Piper-Jordan had 11, Brad Mahlstedt scored eight, and Reese and Teddy Williams added seven points each.
Jason and Will stepped it up, Piper-Jordan said, adding that the 3-pointer is a big part of our game. It also helps us establish the ball down low.
Federal Way trailed 17-13 after the first quarter, but worked the ball into 6-foot-7 junior post Nate Sanchez in the second quarter. Sanchez scored 10 of his 12 points in the second quarter including going 8 of 8 from the free throw line as Federal Way took a 35-27 lead into halftime.
We got their big guy in foul trouble and that let me and Jason and Brad get rebounds, Sanchez said. We got the ball to me and I hit my free throws. Ive been trying to focus on that. Midway through the season they werent the best, but now Im doing better.
Kentwoods big guy was 6-foot-9 junior Jason Mgebroff, the teams leading scorer who had to sit on the bench for most of the game after getting into early foul trouble.
We helped make him a non-factor because he was in foul trouble, said Federal Way senior Brad Mahlstedt. We wouldnt have won without him in foul trouble.
Federal Way now plays Stanwood in the first-round of the state tournament at 10 a.m. today at the Tacoma Dome.
Even though well have to play a No. 1 team, I feel we can compete with any team as long as we come to play, Sanchez said.