Behind Viont’e Daniels and Ferron Flavors, the Eagles coasted to a 74-63 win over Moses Lake in the quarterfinals. Flavors finished with 21 points and hit 5 of his 9 three-point attempts. Daniels went 4 of 8 from deep and paced the Eagles (25-2) with 22 points.
TACOMA — Shooting from outside the perimeter is supposed to be difficult at the Tacoma Dome. Apparently, No. 1 Federal Way didn’t get the memo.
Behind Viont’e Daniels and Ferron Flavors, the Eagles coasted to a 74-63 win over Moses Lake to advance to the Class 4A semifinals.
“I just got open looks, and I was feeling good in the warm-ups,” Flavors said. “I just knocked them down.”
Flavors had 21 points and hit 5 of his 9 three-point attempts. Daniels went 4 of 8 from deep and paced the Eagles (25-2) with 22 points. D’Jimon Jones got into a rhythm in the second half and added three from beyond the arc.
The cavernous space behind the baskets usually gives teams trouble, especially for the first game of the tournament, but Federal Way shot 52.2 percent (12 of 23) from deep as a team. During an 11-2 run midway through the second quarter that pushed into a double-digit lead for the Eagles for the first time of the day, Flavors hit three from beyond the arc in a span of four possessions.
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“The zone bothered us a little bit, but we got some ball movement — we were stagnant — we opened it up for Ferron and we opened it up for Viont’e,” Federal Way coach Jerome Collins said. “D’Jimon finally got going in the second half, as well, but Viont’e sustained us, and Ferron.”
Moses Lakes’ Cesar Sandoval, who finished with 18 points, completed a three-point play just before the half to cut the Eagles deficit to 35-26, but that would be as close as the Chiefs (16-6) would get, despite a late run by the substitutes after the game was decided.
Federal Way quickly stretched the lead out of intermission to 45-28 thanks in part to four early turnovers from Moses Lake. The Eagles finished with 30 points off 22 turnovers.
“We got the jitters out,” Collins said. “I thought we had some good defensive stops, we got in the passing lane, got going and got in a rhythm.”
Despite the blowout win, the Eagles, who play at 5:30 p.m. on Friday against Union, know they can’t expect a repeat performance offensively.
“We can’t rely on it for the next couple games,” Daniels said. “Whatever happens, we got to get to the basket.”
For now, though, Federal Way will take the outstanding shooting performance as it attempts to win its first state title since 2009.
“It’s big,” Flavors said of the dominant win. “That first game can set the tempo for the whole tournament.”