The Sideline

Thursday, August 25, 2016 This Week's Paper
Abes’ perimeter shooting, defense leads to big win over Enumclaw

With their star duo sharp in their opening contest, the Lincoln Abes look locked and loaded for a solid postseason run. Ahmaad Rorie scored a game-high 21 points, and Tre’Shaun Fletcher had 18 points and 11 rebounds as Lincoln coasted to a 68-49 win over Enumclaw tonight at Franklin Pierce High School.

“We’re just taking it one game at a time,” Rorie said. “Trying to think about state championships right now is not any good for us. We’ve got seven steps. We got one out of the way, and we’ve got six more to go.”

The Abes shot out to a 20-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, as Rorie hit three three-pointers, Ar’mond Davis added two others and Lincoln was a red-hot 6-for-9 from beyond the arc in the period. Fletcher took over in the second quarter, scoring nine points – including a three that put the Abes up 30-19 with 2:48 left. Latravion Satterwhite added back-to-back layups to make it 34-19, and Rorie capped the first half with an alley-oop to Fletcher in the final minute to make it 38-21 at the break.

“I was really happy with the effort,” said Lincoln head coach Aubrey Shelton. “Tre and Ahmaad were intensely focused today…they came ready.”

The Abes kept pouring it on in the third as Satterwhite – who finished with 10 points – converted a nice crossover layup to make it 42-21 a minute into the period, and he gave Lincoln its greatest lead at 52-25 with a layup with 2:43 left. They coasted from there, as they finished 10-for-20 from three-point range while also causing havoc on the defensive end – finishing with 11 steals.

“Our previous performance was not good on defense,” said Rorie, who had five steals. “It’s a new season, so we thought we could start it over.”

The win sets the Abes up with a semifinal matchup against Kennedy on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. at Franklin Pierce, where they will look to continue the solid defensive effort.

“Our goal is to win state, and it’s only going to happen if we play defense,” Shelton said. “Tonight was a big first step. That was one of our best defensive efforts.”

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