For about 26 minutes of this game, the Todd Beamer High School boys basketball team did what the past 52 Federal Way opponents had failed to do.
The Titans kept this game from turning into a track meet and held their own in one-on-one matchups offensively.
But to do that for 32 minutes against the two-time defending 4A state champions?
“It’s almost impossible,” Beamer coach Brent Brilhante said.
And because of that, Federal Way rolled to a 94-56 victory against its city rival on Tuesday at Todd Beamer High School to improve to 10-0 and win its 53rd consecutive game dating to 2015.
The Eagles are now six consecutive wins away from tying Ferris’ Class 4A state record of 59 in a row set from 2006-08.
The overall state record is 82 consecutive wins set by Brewster (2B) from 1974-77.
But to think Todd Beamer (7-6) had trailed by just five points at halftime.
And then by 10 points at the end of the third quarter until Federal Way outscored the Titans 36-8 in the fourth quarter.
“I’m very proud of how they turned it around,” Eagles coach Jerome Collins said. “Like I told them, ‘We can turn it around. We just have to play Federal Way basketball.’
“We were able to get in a rhythm. And we get going we can put points on the board in a hurry.”
It was the sixth time Federal Way has scored at least 90 points in a game.
Maybe the most impressive thing about its 27-4 run to start the fourth quarter was that most of it came after point guard Marcus Stephens — the only player to have started on each of the team’s past two state-champion squads — picked up his fourth foul and went to the bench.
Rashon Slaughter scored a game-high 23 points, and Etan Collins scored 21 off the bench.
“Anybody can start any day and provide good minutes for us,” Etan Collins said. “We really wanted to blow these guys out. That was our mindset before the game.
“We saw we weren’t doing that in the first half, so we had to pick it up.”
The Eagles forced turnovers on six of nine Beamer possessions during one fourth-quarter run.
Then, in a span of five Federal Way possessions, Rashon Slaughter and Palofina Jatta combined to hit four 3-pointers, and Jaden McDaniels, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, had a fastbreak tomahawk dunk on which his head was nearly at the rim.
“I told them we would be all right in the second half if we do what we know how to do,” Jerome Collins said. “We mixed up our presses, got some steals, and Jaden got those dunks, and I think that just got us going.”
McDaniels scored 11 points, with six coming off of dunks in the second half — showing some glimpses of his older brother Jalen McDaniels, who is now a freshman playing at San Diego State University.
But Jerome Collins hadn’t seen those glimpses at the start of the season.
“He’s being more aggressive,” Collins said. “The kid is a skilled kid. And he’s cranked it up aggressive-wise and is realizing that, ‘Hey, I can take this guy off the dribble,’ and that he can use his length defensively like he did. He rebounded well, too.
“We’ve talked with him about taking on that role. That you don’t have to play second fiddle. You have the skill set to be dominant, but it all starts mentally.”
Beamer got 19 points from Richie Frazier (16 in the first half) and 11 from Michael Edwards. It last beat Federal Way on Feb. 15, 2014.
Despite the lopsided loss, Brilhante was pleased with his team’s effort.
“Their pressure and them being such a great team just wore on us,” Brilhante said. “It’s hard to play 32 minutes against a team like that. It can go from a 10-point deficit to 25 really quick.
“But if we play with that kind of effort, we are going to be able to play with anybody in the league. Our goal is the playoffs and if we play like that, we’ll get there.”
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NO. 1 FEDERAL WAY
FW: Marcus Stephens 6, Jaden McDaniels 11, Elijah Nnanabu 4, Jalen Womack 3, Sammy King 1, Jovan Vongsaveng 6, Etan Collins 21, Mal Pine 2, Palofina Jatta 8, Malcolm Cola 9, Rashon Slaughter 23.
TB: Richie Frazier 19, Kevin Johnson 3, Nash Warsame 2, Ste’fun Singleton 8, Elijah Greer 6, Curtis Springfield 3, Michael Edwards 11, Alex Ayo 2, Fonna 2.