Eagles shoot their way past Decatur


Associate editor

A streak of six-straight 3-pointers that bridged the first and second quarters was enough to boost the Federal Way boys’ basketball team past Decatur 70-52 last Friday.

“When it’s Decatur, you gotta come to play, man,” said Federal Way junior Darius Alo, who started the run with a steal for a dunk, then two consecutive 3-pointers. “My teammates got me the ball. I just came through for them so they’d keep giving it back.”

Federal Way’s Myron Hennings followed with a 3-pointer to give the Eagles a 16-12 lead with 2:20 left in the first quarter. Andre Piper-Jordan hit a three, followed by another from Hennings and one from C.J. Green.

Hennings led the Eagles with 19 points, including three 3-pointers.

“In practice I was shooting them and I felt I got my touch back,” Hennings said. “It’s the first game I’ve got it back.”

Alo added 18 and Nate Sanchez scored 12.

“Myron has been scoring. Nate has been scoring. Tonight, Darius found his stroke,” Federal Way coach Jerome Collins said. “He had a good rhythm going, which is a plus for us. We have a deep bench, but we still haven’t played our best basketball. We have yet to put it all together.”

With the win, the Eagles improved to 5-2 and remained in third place in the SPSL South, behind Bethel and Rogers, both 6-1. Decatur dropped to 2-5 and seventh place.

“They were hitting their threes and we lost some intensity and it slipped away from us,” said Decatur’s Steven Patenaude, who led the Gators with 19 points. “We’ll have to wait until they come to our house and we’ll play our hearts out then.”

Senior Kellen McCaffrey scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Decatur.

“They were on fire. They scored some big baskets and we lost our concentration,” said McCaffrey, who is playing basketball for a second season after swimming for Decatur when he was a ninth-grader and sophomore.

With the Decatur swim team one of the best in the state this season, McCaffrey said he doesn’t regret making the switch to basketball.

“I did (swimming) with my brother, but basketball is what I like to do,” McCaffrey said.

TJ boys get first win of season

If you practice, they will fall.

Three days after dropping an overtime game to Decatur, largely because of 11-for-25 shooting from the free throw line, the Jefferson boys’ basketball team was clutch on its free throws down the stretch to upset Curtis 70-63 Friday.

It was the first league win of the season for Jefferson, which improved to 1-6 in the SPSL South.

Jared Bronson scored 18 points to lead Jefferson and Kyle Jenkins added 16, including a 6-of-8 free throw performance in the fourth quarter.

Curtis Terry scored a game-high 29 points for Curtis, which fell to 3-4.

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