Hoops teams don't rest during break


Associate editor

Just because school was out didn’t mean area high school basketball teams could sleep late during the winter break.

The Federal Way High boys had the most success of local teams, winning the Columbia River Bank Holiday Hoop Festival in Bend, Ore.

In the championship game, Federal Way won 60-48 over West Albany, a team that was undefeated and ranked No. 4 in the state of Oregon.

Federal Way’s Myron Hennings scored 27 and Nate Sanchez added 13. The Eagles limited West Albany’s Grant Morasci, a pre-season all-state player who scored 50 points in the opening round game of the tournament, to 22 points.

“We didn’t shut him down, but we contained him,” Federal Way coach Jerome Collins said. “He’s just a heck of a player.”

Federal Way opened the tournament with a 66-53 win over Mountain View of Bend, Ore. The Eagles got off to a 28-11 start in the first quarter.

“We took the life out of them in the beginning,” Collins said. “Being on the road, with their crowd, we were able to sustain the momentum.”

Hennings scored 24 points and Sanchez added 15 for the Eagles.

“Our kids really formed a cohesive group,” Collins said. “We got away from home, ate together and practiced together. Doing that as a team builds camaraderie and chemistry. We really came together and played really well. I liked our pressure and intensity at the tournament. I thought that was the difference.”

Federal Way junior Greg Warren won the tournament’s slam dunk contest. Warren completed two 360-degree dunks to win the competition, which was judged by local business people. Londen Carter and Darius Alo also competed for the Eagles.

Marcus Reese, Morrell Chon and Dominique DeGrate entered the 3-point shooting contest and made it to the second round.

“It was really neat,” Collins said. “Those kids represented us well.”

The Decatur boys basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Kitsap Classic at Olympic High School before falling to Olympic 64-45.

Decatur went up 6-0, but Olympic came back to take a 12-10 lead. Decatur went ahead by four in the second quarter on Steven Patenaude’s layup, but Olympic followed with a 12-0 run to take a 34-26 lead at halftime.

Olympic outscored the Gators 19-3 in the third quarter.

In the first-round game, Decatur handed Ellensburg its first loss of the season, 61-44. Tamarria Landers and Steven Patenaude scored 12 points each, while Brandon Hicks added 11.

The Jefferson boys basketball team lost to Olympic 67-46 in the first round of the Olympic Tournament, then lost to Ellensburg 67-55 in the consolation finals Saturday.

Ellensburg took a 35-33 lead into halftime, but a 22-12 run in the third quarter helped solidify the win. Brandon Robertson made all five of his 3-point attempts and scored 28 points.

The Federal Way girls basketball team lost its first-round game at the Roosevelt Holiday Tournament, then lost again last Saturday 53-48 to Woodinville. Shelby Avaava and Leta Johnson each scored nine points.

The Decatur girls basketball team didn’t participate in any tournaments, but picked up a 66-45 non-league win over Lindbergh last Saturday.

Jennifer Morrow scored 20 to lead the Gators, while Kamrica Ary-Turner scored 12 and Amanda Font added 10.

All the Federal Way-area hoop teams will return to South Puget Sound League competition next Tuesday.

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