Sports Briefs: Forbes scores 24 in Eastern's win over Texas Arlington

When the going got tough, it got easier for true freshman Jeffrey Forbes as he scored 24 points for the Eastern Washington University men's basketball team Saturday (Nov. 21) in a 72-68 road win against Texas Arlington.

In just his fourth collegiate game after helping Federal Way High School to the 2009 State 4A Championship, Forbes made 10-of-16 shots from the field. He also had five rebounds, two steals and just one turnover in 34 minutes of action for the Eagles.

Eastern led from start to finish after opening an early 16-point lead against Texas Arlington. The Mavericks cut the lead to three with 50 seconds to play, but a free throw by Fobes and a fastbreak layin by Benny Valentine put the game away for the EWU. Texas Arlington fell to 1-2 with the loss despite a 32-point effort by senior Marquez Haynes.

"The game was really fast and UTA is really athletic, so we had trouble running some of our offensive sets," said Eastern head coach Kirk Earlywine. "So it turned into a read and react basketball game, and Jeffrey's athleticism, speed and quickness was certainly a contributing factor. He was able to get to the rim. He was able to play fast, but he did it for 34 minutes and had just one turnover. It was a sign of growth for a young freshman. It was good to see him do that, and we needed every bit of it."

Last year, Eastern defeated Texas Arlington, 73-70, at home in a game that featured 12 ties and 18 lead changes.

• Western Washington University's Morris Anderson was named to the Seattle Pacific University Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team. The Federal Way High School grad helped the Vikings win both games over Cal State Monterey Bay, 72-58, and Dominican, 87-72.

Anderson scored 35 points, 20 against Dominican, and had 14 rebounds, 13 assists, six steals and three blocked shots in the two games.

Western, off to a 5-1 start, is working on a four-game winning streak. The Vikings host Grand Canyon tonight in the 11th WWU Chuck Randall Thanksgiving Classic.

• On Nov. 8, Special Olympics Washington hosted their annual King County Regional Bowling Tournament at Secoma Lanes. The tournament consisted of seven separate events and 69 Special Olympians from six teams earned a gold medal and may apply for consideration to compete in the Special Olympics 2010 USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb.

The Gold Medal Winners Were:

Kent Parks Reds: Alvin Barnett, Jamison Burr, Hoa Cadwell, Matthew Kelemen, Peter Kishline, James A. Morgan, MiMi Ngyeh, Stephen Pettit, Ann Rodgers, Amy Tabor and Ryan Tanasse.

Auburn Parks Strike Force: Rosemary Barrett, Devon Barney, Valmea Blatchford, David Castro, Andy Deutsch, Jared Dolly, Lorena Fernandez, Franklin Harrison, Allana Kelly, Lillian Logan, Roxanne Logan, Troy McCannon, Ken Minkler, Trevor Morgan , Aini Muied, Brad Norman and Keith Warren.

Federal Way Schools Stars: Tyler Beyer, Micah Birgenheier, Tevin Boyd, Brandon Carper, Scoot Cheever, Jack Daniels, Kristen DeLa Fuente, Timothy Dempsey, Martin Dowd, John K. Emmett, Gio Forguson, Bradley Gorgen, Minzi Han, Alexander King, Pavel Krivoruchko, Fallon Munzanreder, Donte Peoples, Andres Petersen, Ranish Prasadm, Marschae Sanchers, Antonio Scott, Ariana Murphy Turchiano, Aaron Vogt, Alex Wells, Brandon Wyatt, Paige Wintler and Rachel Williams.

City of Federal Way Turkeys: Dannetta Campbell, Nichelle Cruz, Marcel Foster, Tony Garcia, Cherri Johnson, Kyle Jorgenson, Michael Lee, Joey Murchison and John Steinmetz.

Issaquah CC Hawks: Kevin Christenson

Angle Lake Ducks: Mark Espinoza, Louise Marshall, Leslie Weston and Shelley Zimmerman.

• The Federal Way United soccer club is hosting a pair of skill and fun sessions for boys and girls in the U9 and U10 programs. The girls camp will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Saghalie Middle School on Dec. 12. The boys camp will be from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. at Saghalie on Dec. 12.

It will involved skill sessions and activities. Coaches from Federal Way United will be running the sessions with assistance from other coaches.

• The Pacific Waves Synchronized Swimming is hosting classes every month at the Federal Way Community Center. The classes are from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday mornings and are open to swimmers ages 8 to 80. But swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool. Pacific Waves will host sessions on Dec. 5, Jan. 9 and Feb. 6. The cost is $40 and an annual registration fee to USA Synchro.

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