With the highly-anticipated Narrows 3A season getting underway on Jan. 6, the Foss Falcons looked to make an early season statement against the Timberline Blazers right from the get-go. Jumping out to an early 15-point lead, the Falcons would have to hold on in the end for a 74-63 win in a game that was much closer than the final score indicated.
“We knew coming in that they were going to zone us and we made enough plays in the end to get the win,” said Falcons head coach Mike Cocke.
Being down early by double digits usually gets a team to panic on both ends of the court, but Timberline stuck to their zone most of the way and rode the hot right hand of super sophomore Donaven Dorsey, who would keep the Blazers close with a game-high 26 points on the night.
Carrying that 15-point lead late in the first half, the Falcons would grow cold, and Timberline scored the last eight points of the half to cut the deficit to seven at 39-32 – as Dorsey would pour in fourteen of his points in the first half.
Timberline came out hot to start the second half and would trim the deficit to one, at 44-43, with 3:54 to go in the third quarter. But the Falcons would respond, with Dezmyn Trent leading a late-third quarter charge to give Foss a 53-48 lead entering the fourth quarter.
The final period was nip-and-tuck, with Foss clinging to a lead which never exceeded three points. Trent and Donteia Hankins combined for 13 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Falcons to the win.
With their 76-62 win on Jan. 7 at Mount Tahoma, Foss improved to 9-1 on the year to go along with their 1-0 start in Narrows League play.
“They changed up on us after throwing that 2-3 zone at us, but we hung tough and pulled out the win,” said Trent.
“They contested us when they went to their man-to-man and we went a little cold, but Dez and Donteia came up big for us in the fourth quarter,” added Cocke.
Foss faced a tough match at Lincoln on Jan. 11, and hosts Wilson on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in what should be another hard-fought contest.