Federal Way did not look like the No. 1 ranked team in the state tonight, offering a weak first half offense and losing to No. 4 Bellevue 80-58.
During the first half, Bellevue’s quick offense and shooting abilities dug Federal Way into a hole that the Eagles were unable to dig out of.
“Today just clicked,” said Bellevue guard Sharif Khan. “We were just passing the ball around to open shots, and shots were falling. It was nice.”
At the half, Bellevue was 7-for-8 on three-pointers, and led Federal Way 51-27. Overall, Khan led with 26 points, followed by forward Gunther Klimes with 19 points and guard Kyle Foreman with 12.
In the first half, Federal Way’s zone couldn’t keep up with Bellevue’s quick offense, and often didn’t come into place until after Bellevue had taken a shot. Bellevue coach Chris O’Connor said the team has been working on making teams play defense across the entire court.
“We moved the ball really well too, which is why we got a lot of good looks,” O’Connor said. “We made the extra pass and we swung it around, and bottom line is, our guys played together.”
Khan also credited strong team chemistry and passing as a factor for Bellevue’s performance:
Bellevue forward Mikey Henn injured his ankle on a layup in the first quarter, so freshman guard Andrew Kenny filled in. O’Connor said the 6-foot-8 Henn’s rebounding talents were missed, but Kenny, Klimes, and guard Zach Moore took over the post.
Federal Way averages 78 points per game, but struggled with its outside game tonight. Bellevue bottled up lead scorer guard Viont’e Daniels, who averages 22.9 points per game, holding him to just eight points.
“Our legs weren’t there,” said Federal Way coach Jerome Collins. “For whatever reason we were a step behind, a step slow. But I think we played better in the second half.”
In the second half, Federal Way showed up as an aggressive, athletic team, outscoring Bellevue 31-29. Federal Way wing Christian Jones led the Eagles with 22 points.
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You can't tell me Federal Way doesn't have talent- look how many people from there are wearing college jerseys or will be.— Adrian Shocks (@Just_ajavxn) January 20, 2015