The Eagles scored the first 10 points and easily beat the Gators in the first meeting of the Federal Way schools in four years.
KENT — Not long ago, Federal Way was 11-0 and ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 4A. That was before the Eagles lost three of their past five boys basketball games, sliding to No. 6.
On Monday in the King Showcase at ShoWare Center, Federal Way used two big quarters to roll past district rival Decatur, 63-36.
The Eagles (14-3) scored the first 10 points of the game and led 28-12 after one quarter.
Decatur (8-8), a former 4A school which dropped to 3A before the 2010-11 season, got within nine in the third, but the Eagles pulled away with a 16-0 run to start the fourth.
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Malik Montoya (17 points, six rebounds, three steals) and Brayon Blake (16 points, nine boards) led the way for Federal Way. Decatur’s Jason Young had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds and Adam Wilson just missed (12 points, nine boards).
It’s the first time the teams have met since the 2008-2009 season, when Federal Way won the 4A state title. The Eagles beat the Gators twice along the way, including a double-overtime win in the SPSL championship game.