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January 16, 2015 at 10:08 AM

Federal Way visits Kentwood for SPSL showdown

No. 1 Federal Way plays at No. 4 Kentwood tonight at 7:30 p.m. in an SPSL showdown.

Kentwood (12-1, 4-0 SPSL) will be looking to keep its Northeast Division lead over No. 9 Kentridge, which trails by a game. Federal Way (12-1, 4-0), on the other hand, will be attempting to keep its game advantage over Beamer in the Northwest Division. Kentwood beat Beamer 78-64 earlier this week and the Eagles host the Titans next Tuesday.

Oh, and if you want to make this a matchup of top-ranked teams, then look at the AP poll, which has Kentwood as the No. 2 team in the state.

I’ve seen both teams play this season, and here’s a quick scouting report to get you prepared.

Kentwood: Big, athletic and aggressive. Malik Sanchez (15.1 point per game) leads the Conquerors in scoring, but it’s truly a team effort. Darius Lubom (11.8 ppg), Preston White (9.6), Rayvaughn Bolton (8.2) and Marcus Lubom (8.1) are all capable scorers. Even Kentwood’s size (football star Josaiah Bronson) is able to get up and down the court, and that’s exactly what it will do if you let them get out in transition.

Federal Way: Long, athletic, aggressive. Noticing a pattern here? The Eagles are more athletic than most teams in the state and use it to their advantage. Against Jefferson earlier this season, Federal Way used different types of pressure defenses to get out in transition. Viont’e Daniels, who averages 22.2 points per game, is capable of finding his own shot in the half-court set.

Prediction: Tonight’s game will be up-and-down, up-and-down, up-and-down. Should be a high-scoring, high-energy and highly entertaining contest.

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