The Sideline

Monday, August 29, 2016 This Week's Paper
Fletcher’s big game, late block help Abes win title

The Lincoln Abes, behind 21 points and 13 rebounds from Tre’Shaun Fletcher defeated the Timberline Blazers by a score of 52-51 this afternoon at the Showare Center in Kent. Donovan Dorsey led all scorers with 25 points, but it was Fletcher’s block of a Brandell Evans jumper with 2.5 seconds left that preserved the win for the Abes, who could not shake the determined Blazers.

This game had the look of a great title game from the get-go with the lead changing hands several times. This was the sixth combined district title for Lincoln, dating back to the late 1990’s under coach Tim Kelly.

The action was hot and heavy late in the fourth quarter with Fletcher and Dorsey keeping the fans from both Lincoln and Timberline on the edge of their seats with end-to-end action. With 18.7 left in the game, the Lincoln defense did a great job of denying Dorsey the ball on the inbounds pass, and it forced Evans to take Fletcher off the dribble. But the Abe senior and Colorado commit was equal to the task, and the Abes bench stormed the court to celebrate.

With the win Lincoln advances to state regional play next Saturday night at Mount Tahoma at 6 p.m. to face the fifth seed from the West Central District, needing one win to get to the Tacoma Dome and the 3A state tourney.

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