The Sideline

Saturday, August 29, 2015 This Week's Paper
Lincoln Abes cut down district nets once again

By Justin Gimse

The Lincoln Abes boys were chanting “Back to Back!” at center court following their West Central District championship victory over cross-town rival Wilson 80-70 on Saturday night. The two highly-ranked squads squared off for the fourth time this season and as expected, the game was intense from tip-off to final buzzer at the near-capacity Pacific Lutheran Gymnasium.

There were six lead changes in the first half, with Lincoln entering the locker room with a 39-34 advantage. Wilson came alive in the third quarter and tied the game up 44-44 at the 4:10 mark. The Rams would not have another run in them as Lincoln pulled away early in the fourth quarter to take a 12-point lead.

Both teams had four players score in double-figures, but the Abes' Ahmaad Rorie was the difference in this game. Rorie finished with a game-high 24 points and sparked Lincoln throughout the game on both ends of the floor.

Lincoln (22-3) has won two straight District Championships and three of the last four. The Abes will host an area match-up with third-ranked Bellevue (21-4) this week in the State Regional Round. Narrows League Champion Wilson (21-3) will be on the road to take on Mountlake Terrace (17-7).

SCORING TOTALS

LINCOLN: Ahmaad Rorie 24, Cameron Collins 14, Justice Martion 12, Londrell Hamilton 11, Josiah Barsh 7, Trevion Brown 4, Justiss Warren 4, Dionte Simon 4

WILSON: Ivy Smith Jr 15, Alphonso Anderson 15, Montre Brown 13, David Jenkins 11, Jamal Welch 8, Robert Knox 5, Elijah Welch 3

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