Despite a furious late rally to close the big gap, Lakes fell 56-52 to Timberline tonight in the district quarterfinals at Franklin Pierce High School, sending the Lancers to a decisive loser-out matchup against Columbia River on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. at Clover Park High School.
The Lancers trailed 50-35 with just under six minutes left after the Blazers’ Brandon Brown nailed a three-pointer, but they slowly crept their way back in it. Jordan Johnson ¬– who led Lakes with 21 points on the night – slammed an emphatic dunk and later nailed a three-pointer in the midst of a 13-2 run, capped by Diondre Worthy’s trey with two seconds left to cut it to 55-52. But Donaven Dorsey – who led Timberline with 16 points – hit one of two free throws at the other end to seal it, nullifying the Lancers’ comeback efforts.
“It’s what we preach all the time, it’s never over,” said Lakes head coach Nick Jensen. “I have to give credit to our guys, they had heart. We just couldn’t seem to get any bounces to go our way.”
Despite getting off to a 6-5 early lead behind three-pointers from Worthy and Taron Rogers, Lakes struggled from the field in the first half, going just 5-for-19. Johnson had seven of the Lancers’ 10 points in the second quarter – including a nice alley-oop dunk from Terrell Toney – and Lakes trailed 29-18 at the break.
“You always have to be ready to play,” Jensen said. “At first, we weren’t quite ready to play and they were. And then you play from behind, and play from a hole. That’s the way it goes.”
The Blazers’ lead expanded to as much as 36-21 midway through the third quarter on Tyler Gartner’s three-pointer, but Toney and Tim Boulding hit a couple shots apiece to help keep Lakes within striking distance at 45-32.
Despite going 13-for-23 from the field in the second half, the Lancers were just 11-for-21 from the free-throw line in the contest. Toney finished with nine points while Worthy added eight points for the Lancers. Brandell Evans finished with 15 points for the Blazers.
Timberline faces off against Foss – who came back for a 58-52 win at Columbia River tonight – in the district quarterfinals on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Franklin Pierce High School.