Ahmaad Rorie is one of those players made for the postseason.
Rorie, Lincoln High School’s gifted junior guard, continued his trend of putting up big offensive numbers in the playoffs, scoring 21 points to power the Abes to a 68-49 win over Enumclaw in the second round of the 3A West Central District boys basketball tournament Friday at Franklin Pierce High School.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen him as focused as he was tonight,” said Lincoln coach Aubrey Shelton about Rorie.
Rorie, who transferred to Lincoln from Clover Park at the conclusion of his sophomore year, has scored 20 or more points in 11 consecutive postseason games dating to the final game of his freshman season.
The points continued to pile up last year at subdistricts, districts and the state tournament, where he lit Ellensburg up for a career-high 46 points.
“I just go out there and play,” Rorie said. “I don’t really think about scoring. I just try to be active.”
Rorie wasn’t alone in dismantling the Hornets. Tre’Shaun Fletcher and Ar’Mond Davis, two players who joined Rorie as first-team all-Narrows League 3A selections this season, added 18 and 11 points.
The trio proved far too much for Enumclaw (14-10) to overcome.
“It’s the playoffs. Time to step it up,” said Rorie, who hit five 3-pointers.
“We’re trying to bring a state championship to Lincoln.”
Lincoln, champions of the Narrows League 3A, will face Seamount League runner-up Kennedy (16-5) in one semifinal matchup at 6:15 p.m. today at Franklin Pierce High School.
The game will feature the last two district champions. The Abes (18-3) won the title two years ago and the Lancers won last season.
Enumclaw opened the contest with a quick 6-0 advantage but soon surrendered the lead for good as it fell victim to an avalanche of Lincoln 3-pointers.
Rorie kicked off the long-range onslaught, hitting a pair of treys, and by the time the game was 6 minutes old the Abes had gone 6 of 9 from beyond the arc en route to a 20-12 first-quarter lead.
Lincoln continued its hot shooting, making eight 3-pointers in the first half with Rorie sinking four and Fletcher and Davis both hitting two, to build a comfortable 38-21 lead.
The Abes sealed the victory by opening the second half on a 10-2 run.