Eagles run by Spanaway Lake; Bethel next


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The Federal Way Eagles boys basketball team did what they do best Tuesday night during an 82-56 win over the Spanaway Lake Sentinels. Their defense forced numerous turnovers and their fast-breaking offense lit up the scoreboard.

“We are starting to play better,” said Federal Way coach Jerome Collins. “I thought we really played hard and I like the way we are sharing the ball. We are learning how to play with each other. That’s something we’ve been building on.”

The win moved the Eagles to 9-2 in South Puget Sound League South Division play and 10-3 overall.

Federal Way senior guard Morris Anderson continued his strong season with 16 points. Junior Terrell Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Marcus Wright added 15 points for the Eagles. Chris Norman scored 20 and Scotty Carbullido had 17 for Spanaway Lake (3-10, 3-8).

Up next for the Eagles is a huge match up with the No. 1-ranked Bethel Braves Tuesday night inside Federal Way’s gym. Bethel, the two-time defending SPSL South champs, sits atop the league at 9-1. The Braves dominated Federal Way in the teams’ first meeting of the season Dec. 14, 58-48.

The Eagles and Braves are a contrast in style. Federal Way likes to run and gun, while Bethel is a methodical, defense-first ball club.

“They play you hard and defend,” Collins said. “The first time around they played us in a zone and pushed us out on the perimeter. They kept the tempo where they liked it and did a good job of not allowing us to get out and run.”

Arguably, Bethel features the most talented starting five in the state, which includes three Division I commits (Brandon Moore, Alex Tiefenthaler and Jamil Turner) and the reigning SPSL South Player of the Year (Jordan Sutton).

Moore (Eastern Washington University) and Tiefenthaler (University of Portland) are the biggest match-up problems for Federal Way. At 6-foot-8, they are four inches taller than any Eagle starter and have caused the smaller and quicker Federal Way fits the last couple seasons. On Dec. 14, the Braves used their height to bully inside for easy baskets and draw several Eagle fouls.

But Bethel’s starting backcourt of Turner (UCLA football) and Sutton is also lethal. The pair combined for 26 points in the teams’ first game.

“Sutton presents all sorts of problems,” Collins said. “We need to do a better job on him defensively.”

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