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Eagles roll by Central Kitsap, Decatur

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The Federal Way boys basketball team didn’t mind the big stage of Seattle’s KeyArena and the 2005 King Classic.

The Eagles rode a barrage of 3-pointers and stifling defense to a 72-51 win over Central Kitsap (8-4) Saturday night at one of the premiere high school basketball events in Washington. The win, coupled with an 88-75 victory over Decatur Friday, moved the seventh-ranked Eagles to 9-3 overall and 8-2 in the South Puget Sound League South Division.

“We’re to the point of realizing what we need to do and executing it,” said Federal Way coach Jerome Collins. “And that’s what we did. Our kids just did an overall good job.”

From the get-go Saturday, the Eagles seemed to overmatch the Cougars, who beat Federal Way last season in a loser-out, winner-to-state game at the district tournament. The Eagles utilized a quick trapping defense which forced numerous turnovers.

“That’s what killed us the whole first half,” Central Kitsap coach Tim Fryer said. “(The threes) and the turnovers. We made silly passes we didn’t have to. But don’t get me wrong, Federal Way is a tough team.”

Senior Morris Anderson was the main 3-point shooter against the Cougars. The 6-foot-4 guard hit seven threes and scored a game-high 26 points, including 20 in the first half. Anderson’s 3-point shooting exhibition gave Federal Way a 40-27 halftime lead thanks to an 8-2 run to end the second quarter. Anderson is averaging 20.1 points in his last seven games.

“He’s been playing really well,” Collins said. “He’s been shooting extremely well. He’s on a tear right now. We wanted to get more opportunities for him.”

The Eagles came out just as hot in the second half, rolling to a 15-1 run in the first six minutes of the third quarter. Federal Way cruised in the fourth.

Junior Terrell Smith and senior Elon Langston both hit three second-half 3-pointers and each finished with 10 points.

“I think we are starting to come together more as a team,” Anderson said.

The wins over Central Kitsap and Decatur seem to have gotten the Eagles back on track after three sub-par games in a row following the Christmas break, which included a loss to Puyallup Jan. 11.

“We had to bounce back from that loss,” Anderson said. “We needed to pick up where our mistakes were, like getting back on defense.”

The Eagles take on winless Jefferson Friday night before hosting league-leading and No. 1-ranked Bethel (11-1) Tuesday night in a game for the lead in the SPSL South. Bethel has won the last two SPSL South titles.

“We are trying to get our league and division championships,” Anderson said.

(Central Kitsap Reporter sports editor Aaron Managhan contributed to this report)

Federal Way 88, Decatur 75

The Eagles stayed one game back of the Bethel Braves in the SPSL South with an 88-75 win over cross-town rival Decatur Friday night at Federal Way High School.

The win improved the Eagles to 8-2 in the South and 9-3 overall. The loss dropped Decatur to 3-7 in league and 3-9 overall.

Anderson hit seven 3-pointers and tallied 29 points against Decatur. The Eagles also got 26 points from junior Earnest Williams. JaRon Brown led Decatur with 20 and James Miller added 17.

Federal Way jumped out to a 24-15 lead after the first quarter and led 44-36 at the half.

The loss continues the Gators’ struggles. After starting the season 3-2 in the SPSL South, Decatur has dropped their last seven games in a row, including two non-leaguers during the Christmas break. But the Gators still aren’t out of the playoff picture in the South.

The four top teams in the league — Bethel, Federal Way, Curtis and Puyallup — have run away from the rest of the South. But the fifth and final postseason berth is currently occupied by 5-5 Rogers and Emerald Ridge.

The Todd Beamer Titans (2-8 in the SPSL South, 2-9 overall) used a solid second quarter to pull away from the winless Thomas Jefferson Raiders Friday night to earn their second South Puget Sound League South Division victory, 70-60. The Titans outscored TJ 22-12 in the second quarter to take a 32-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Raiders (0-10 in league, 0-12 overall) tried to come back in the third, cutting the Beamer lead to 45-37 entering the final eight minutes. But Beamer senior Jermaine Parker was too much down the stretch. Parker poured in a career-high 25 points and also dished out four assists during the game. Junior wing Carsten Bocchi added 18 points for the Titans.

The Raiders also got a career-high from junior Todd Muecklisch, who tallied 21 points in the loss. Manual Robinson chipped in 11 points.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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