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).
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