With three games remaining in the regular season, the Federal Way High School boys basketball team has secured its position atop the North Puget Sound League 4A Olympic Division after the Eagles successfully held off Enumclaw in a hard-fought 52-45 victory Wednesday.
Their second faceoff of the season did not go as smoothly for the Eagles as the first time they met Enumclaw. While the Eagles never gave up the lead to the Hornets, mistakes in the first and early second half, including missed shots, turnovers and foul trouble, allowed Enumclaw to stay within striking distance.
Federal Way coach Jerome Collins said the Hornets deserve a great deal of credit for their play and keeping the Eagles on their toes.
“They out-scrapped us,” he said of the No. 2 Hornets.
He said Wednesday’s game will serve as a learning experience moving ahead, especially when it comes to execution and maintaining composure when things take a turn.
“We’ve got to learn to keep our emotions under wraps,” Collins said.
While he commended his team for regrouping and regaining control of the game in the fourth quarter, he said junior wing Jishai Miller made the difference for the Eagles.
Miller came off the bench and led the team with 17 points, hitting some timely three-pointers and free throws when it counted to help secure the win.
“I thought overall his contributions really pulled us out of the hole,” Collins said.
The undefeated Eagles take the court at 7 p.m. Friday against Auburn Mountainview at home in a league game.