Once again, senior Tre’Shaun Fletcher got it all rolling for the Abes, giving a masterful performance in his final game – 31 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots – as the Narrows 3A and West Central District champions claimed third place.
“It’s the best finish for a Tacoma (public) school in 11 years, so there’s a lot to be proud of,” Lincoln coach Aubrey Shelton said.
And against the ninth-ranked Quakers, Fletcher attacked the inside at will. All five of his field goals in the first quarter came from near the basket, and that set the tone.
“I knew they were smaller than me, so I thought that was our mismatch,” Fletcher said.
Franklin was still hanging around until the fourth quarter. Fletcher made a tough 8-footer in the lane to start the final period, and on Lincoln’s next possession, he took a nifty bounce pass from Josiah Barsh for a layup and a 61-48 lead for the No. 3 Abes .
Ninety seconds later, Fletcher, who will play for Colorado, finished off a three-point play and Lincoln was in control, 66-51, with 5:15 remaining.
California recruit Ahmaad Rorie scored 29 points for Lincoln, including four 3-pointers. The Abes shot 50 percent from the floor (28-for-56).
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