Federal Way became comeback city for the Curtis High School boys basketball team Friday night when the Vikings upset the Eagles, 72-71.
Billed as a tough game for the young Curtis side, a suffocating defensive performance in the final 90 seconds helped the Vikings come away with the huge 4A SPSL South victory.
“We know Federal Way is always one of the top teams in the league,” Curtis coach Tim Kelly said. “Obviously it was an opportunity for us to come up here and match ourselves against the best. We’re excited.
“We did a lot of things wrong and made a lot of mistakes. We’re pretty young, but in the end we found a way to win. That’s what good teams do.”
Curtis’ Tory Causey not only had a big block on Malik Montoya to save the game, but he had an assist on Aushanti Potts-Woods’ winning basket with 29 seconds to play.
Causey, a junior point guard, finished with 20 points for the Vikings, who rallied from a five-point fourth-quarter deficit.
Potts-Woods led Curtis with 25 points, while Anthony Ryan added 14.
Federal Way — led by the three-headed tandem of Montoya, Adrian Davis and Viont’e Daniels — was picked to finish No. 1 in the conference, so this was understandably a big win for Curtis and Kelly.
“We talked about that as we were coming up,” Kelly said of the magnitude of beating Federal Way. “We reminded them on the first game last year at our place. They came down and smacked us around pretty good (70-55). We came up here the second time and grabbed a win (68-62).
“The job is to get better as the season goes. This is only our fourth game. We’re going to go back to work tomorrow and Monday, and we have another game Tuesday. But coming on the road and beating the team that’s supposed to win the league, obviously it’s a big win. We’re pleased with the outcome.”
Federal Way’s Daniels was a threat from beyond the 3-point arc and led all scorers with 27 points. Montoya added 14, and Christian Jones finished with 11 for the Eagles.