Boys basketball: Curtis controls Decatur, SPSL South, 80-75; Beamer, FW win, TJ loses to KW

The Curtis Vikings just keep proving they are the best team in the South Puget Sound League South Division. The Vikings knocked off another would-be contender Tuesday night when they beat the Decatur Gators, 80-75, in University Place.

The victory improved Curtis to 11-1 in the division and dropped Decatur (9-4 in league, 11-6 overall) into fourth place in the South behind Beamer (9-3) and Puyallup (9-3). The loss was the Gators' second in a row and fifth since Christmas.

The game started solidly for Decatur. The Gators trailed only 18-17 after the first quarter before Curtis pulled away during the second quarter. The Vikings got back-to-back 3-pointers from Dominique Williams to take a 27-19 lead early in the second quarter.

But Decatur was able to come back and cut the lead to six entering halftime, 38-32, thanks to the scoring punch of Jordan McCloud and Jerron Smith. The duo tallied 30 of the team's 32 points during the first half. McCloud finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds and Smith ended up scoring 26 points.

Curtis forward Devonte Lacy led the Vikings with 28 points and Williams finished with 18. Curtis can clinch the SPSL South Division title with a win over Graham-Kapowsin Thursday. Decatur has three games remaining during the regular season.

In other boys basketball action:

• The Todd Beamer Titans remained in a tie for second place in the SPSL South behind Curtis with a 73-66 win over Bethel Tuesday night in Graham. The Titans used an impressive second half to overcome a scrappy Bethel (5-7) team.

The Braves led 21-14 after the first quarter and 39-37 at halftime thanks to the first-half performance of Jacob Joseph. Joseph tallied 24 points in the first and second quarter, but did not play in the second half because of an injury.

Beamer was led by the 25 points of Kevin Davis and 21 from Napa Mefi during the win.

• The top-ranked Federal Way Eagles (14-1, 11-0) withstood a solid game by the Auburn Trojans to remain unbeaten in the SPSL Tuesday night, 64-53. The Eagles got 25 points and 13 rebounds from senior Cole Dickerson and 16 points from Jerry Duckworth.

Federal Way led 13-3 after the first quarter and 35-21 at halftime. But the Trojans outscored the Eagles, 18-11, during the third quarter to get back in the game.

Federal Way can clinch the SPSL North Division title with a win over Jefferson Thursday.

• The Raiders' playoff chances took a hit Tuesday night with a 60-44 loss to the Kentwood Conquerors in Covington. The loss dropped Jefferson to 6-6 in the SPSL North, one win back of the fifth and final playoff berth from the SPSL North.

The Raiders got 20 points from Justin Lanier and 12 from senior Jeff Brigham. Kentwood got 18 points from 6-foot-10 Josh Smith and 14 from Jeff Boyce.

Jefferson had blown out the Conquerors in their first meeting of the year, but they played without the UCLA-bound Smith.

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