High School Basketball

Ferndale can’t keep up with No. 1-ranked Federal Way in boys basketball

Ferndale had its hands full Wednesday when Federal Way, the state’s top-ranked Class 4A team, came to town. The two-time defending 4A state champs beat the Golden Eagles 69-36.

“That was like playing a college team,” Ferndale coach Jason Owens said. “They’re No. 1 for a reason.”

Ferndale committed 28 fouls compared to six for Federal Way.

“We didn’t give them anything easy,” Owens said. “This is what it’s like at the highest level.”

Reid Benson led the Golden Eagles in scoring with eight points. Federal Way’s Marcus Stephens had a game-high 19 points.

Wednesday’s game was a makeup of a weather cancellation.

The win was the 60th in a row for Federal Way, breaking the mark for Class 4A schools. Coach Jerome Collins told The News Tribune in Tacoma he talked about the streak after the game – the first time he’d mentioned it to the team since the Eagles’ season-opening 4 a.m. practice.

“I told them that this is something they will be able to tell their children and their grandchildren,” Collins said. “It might not be sinking in right now, but it will.”

The Eagles (17-0) lost four of their five starters from last year’s team, but have still outscored their opponents this year by an average of 38 points per game.

Federal Way tied Morton-White Pass (2B) for the second-longest overall win streak in state history. Brewster (2B) won 82 consecutive games from 1973-77.

Scoreboard

NWC STANDINGS

All

NWC

School (Class)

W-L

W-L

Anacortes (2A)

11-2

7-0

Lynden (2A)

9-4

6-1

Squalicum (3A)

12-2

6-1

Bellingham (2A)

11-3

5-2

Lynden Christian (1A)

11-3

5-2

Mount Baker (1A)

11-3

4-3

Sehome (2A)

7-7

3-4

Ferndale (3A)

4-9

2-5

Lakewood (2A)

4-9

2-5

Burlington-Edison (2A)

5-7

2-5

Meridian (1A)

6-8

2-5

Sedro-Woolley (2A)

5-9

2-5

Blaine (2A)

5-8

2-5

Nooksack Valley (1A)

5-9

1-6

Federal Way 69, Ferndale 36

Federal Way

13

20

24

13

69

Ferndale

7

8

9

10

36

Federal Way: Marcus Stephens 19, Jaden McDaniel 5, Elijah Nnanabu 7, Jovon Vongsaveng 1, Etan Collins 16, Palofino Jatta 8, Malcolm Cola 14. Total: 69.

Ferndale: Jacob Kildall 4, Logan King 3, James Hinson 6, AJ Rankin 5, Reid Benson 8, Cody Gunter 3, Carson Genger 3, Watiko Leighton 2. Total: 36.

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