Ahmaad Rorie tallied a game-high 21 points and Tre’Shaun Fletcher added 16 as the Lincoln Abes rolled over the Timberline Blazers by a score of 61-45 in the Narrows 3A opener for both schools at the Lincoln Gym on Wednesday night.
“When we play with intensity on defense we are a pretty good team,” said sixth year Abe coach Aubrey Shelton, who watched his squad open up a three-point half time lead and coast to the victory in the second half. “I wish we could do that more often.”
Lincoln knew early on that they would have to contain Timberline’s all-everything wing Donovan Dorsey to make things easy on themselves. But Dorsey accommodated the Abes by picking up his second foul early in the first quarter – and his third two minutes into the second quarter – which forced the Blazers to go deep into their bench.
“Needless to say, that was a huge factor for us with Dorsey’s foul trouble,” said Shelton.
The Abes came out of the locker room and threw their patented full-court trap on the Blazers, which began to slow them down and rendered Dorsey and his teammates incapable of coming back as Lincoln stretched its lead to 12 points entering the fourth quarter.
Ar’Mond Davis, who struggled early, began to find the range and would finish with 10 points, but the Abes would manage a paltry 1-for-18 from the three-point line. Shelton would then begin to clear the bench as the route was on, and the Abes’ focus would shift to a Friday night match in Thurston County against the North Thurston Rams. Tyler Gartner led Timberline with 11 points on the night, going 3-for-7 from behind the arc.
“I’m hoping that we can find a way to get 32 minutes of pressure from our players and keep our intensity up for the whole game,” said Shelton.