BASKETBALL: Beamer girls beat No. 8 Puyallup; Decatur's Smith hits game-winner

The third-ranked Beamer girls basketball team took total control of the South Puget Sound League South Division Tuesday night with a commanding 56-39 win over previously-unbeaten Puyallup Vikings.

The Titans (9-0 overall, 6-0 SPSL South) are now the lone unbeaten team in the SPSL South, but it wasn't easy Tuesday. Puyallup (8-1 overall, 6-1 SPSL South) jumped out to a 25-24 lead at halftime.

But Beamer took control of the game in the third quarter by outscoring eighth-ranked Puyallup, 15-4, during the period. Megan Huff and Quinessa Caylao-Do each scored 15 points and Bria Rice scored 14 for the Titans. Huff also had seven rebounds and six blocked shots, and Rice collected five assists.

Jefferson — The Raiders (3-6 overall, 1-5 SPSL North) were beaten up by Kentlake Tuesday, 53-20. Jefferson had just nine points entering the fourth quarter. Rebecca Woodland led the way for TJ with six points.

Boys basketball

Deonte Smith proved to be the hero Tuesday night during the Decatur Gators' win over Lakes. The sophomore guard connected on a 3-pointer with just four seconds to play to break a tie and give the Gators the 50-47 victory in their SPSL 3A opener at Decatur.

Smith led the way with 20 points for the Gators (3-7 overall, 1-0 SPSL 3A). Vincent Teregeyo was the only other Decatur player in double figures with 10 points.

The Gators jumped out to a 14-12 lead after the first quarter, but Lakes came back to lead 28-25 at halftime. But Decatur outscored the Lancers in the third quarter, 16-8, to take a five-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Beamer — The Titans remained unbeaten in the SPSL South with a 71-57 win over Puyallup Tuesday night at home. Beamer (7-1 overall, 6-0 SPSL South) dominated the first half, outscoring the Vikings, 34-17.

Charles Frazier led the way with 16 points, Rayvonne Freeman finished with 15 and Trey Burch-Manning added 14 for the Titans, who were playing without leading scorer Bogdon Bliznyuk.

Jefferson — The Raiders (3-7 overall, 2-4 SPSL North) jumped out to a 15-7 lead after the first quarter and hung on Tuesday night to top the Kentlake Falcons, 50-39.

Jefferson got 17 points from Xavier Scott and sophomore Darius Anderson added 14 to lead TJ.

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