Just when it seemed like Federal Way High’s defensive pressure would eventually come back to bite them, the Eagles got a much-needed lift from their bench.
Reserves Rashawn Goosby and Christian Jones combined for 22 points, and newcomer Adrian Davis had his best game of the season as second-ranked Federal Way gutted out a 70-55 victory over No. 9 Curtis on Tuesday night in an SPSL South battle in University Place.
Four players scored in double figures for Federal Way (5-0, 4-0 SPSL South), as leading scorer Brayon Blake (two points) was in foul trouble all night.
“Guys came off the bench and did a great job,” Federal Way coach Jerome Collins said.
The Eagles took a 38-27 lead into halftime after Jones banked in a 25-foot 3-pointer to beat the buzzer. Federal Way pushed the lead to 58-42 after three quarters, but Curtis (2-1 SPSL South) cut the lead to 62-51 with 3 minutes, 55 seconds left after Isom Brown’s tough lay-in down low.
But after Collins called a timeout, Malik Montoya (14 points) drilled a baseline jumper on the ensuing possession to push the lead back to 13.
After scoring just four points in the first half, Goosby exploded for 10 in the second half. The 6-foot-5 senior was also a force on the defensive side of the ball, grabbing four rebounds and blocking a shot.
Davis, who transferred to Federal Way this year from Mount Rainier, added 14 points, five rebounds, three assists, six steals and two blocks before fouling out with 2:53 to go.
D’Londo Tucker finished with 11 and DeeShawn Tucker added seven for the Eagles.
Curtis hung tough much of the night, but was sloppy with the ball, committing five turnovers in a crucial third quarter. Senior forward Andre Lewis led the Vikings with 21 points, many coming on tough finishes in the low post. Junior Rodrick Smith added eight off the bench.