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Federal Way boys still on top of SPSL South
By CASEY OLSON
The Federal Way Eagles boys basketball team remained atop the South Puget Sound League South Division with another impressive victory over the Curtis Vikings (10-4, 12-4) in overtime, 74-71.
Eagle senior Morris Anderson scored a team-high 24 points and Earnest Williams tallied 16 points to give Federal Way the huge win Friday in University Place. The win moves the Eagles to 13-3 overall and 12-2 in the SPSL South and ties them with Bethel, who they beat Jan. 25 at home.
Federal Way needed a big comeback to remain in first place Friday. The Eagles trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half and were down 39-28 at halftime before rallying in the third and fourth quarters.
Federal Way responded by outscoring the host Vikings 16-8 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to three, 47-44.
But Curtis extended their lead to 62-55 with over three minutes left in regulation, before Federal Way forced numerous turnovers to get back into the game.
The Eagles also benefited at the foul line, shooting 44 free throws to 32 for the Vikings, including 19 attempts in the fourth quarter and overtime. Anderson and Williams were a combined 24-of-31 from the foul line.
Federal Way has four games remaining on their regular-season schedule and if they and Bethel both win out, the two teams will meet on a neutral court to determine the South champion.
The Eagles four games are against teams with a combined 17-39 record in the South and Bethels opponents are a combined 26-30.