There have been a few scattered prep basketball games in the past week, but the first truly intense Tacoma city game was Friday night at Foss High School, in the second annual battle between the coaching Cocke’ brothers.
Again, younger brother Mike Cocke’s Foss Falcons upended older brother Doug Cocke’s Stadium Tigers, 47-43.
“For 32 minutes, it’s all-out war,” said Doug Cocke’, who stalked the Stadium bench as if his team was in the state regional game it advanced to last season.
Said Foss coach Mike Cocke’, whose team won last year, 51-37: “It’s (a) nonleague game, but it is for bragging rights. I don’t think I’ll tell him I’m 2-0 against him. I don’t think he’ll like that very much.”
Friends and members of the Cocke’ family watched from the stands — including matriarch Kitty Hamilton, who has attended both Cocke’ rivalry games.
They saw a tight game that featured eight lead changes, five ties and no team leading by more than six points.
Stadium took a 33-32 lead late in the third quarter when senior big man Lucious Brown pulled down a defensive rebound and went coast-to-coast for the go-ahead layup.
Foss regained control in the final 4 minutes of the game, building a 45-41 lead with 1:30 to play. After a missed 3-pointer early in the shot clock, Mike Cocke’ called timeout.
“We thought Sam McMahon had a mismatch. We wanted to get the ball inside to him and we did,” Mike Cocke’ said. “Sam got double-teamed, and he made a great play to (Chris) Reynolds for the layup. It was great execution by the kids.”
Reynolds’ layin made it 47-41, and Foss held on for the win.
The Falcons were led by Armond Davis’s 14 points, and McMahon scored 12.
Foss (2-0) is seeking new leadership after 2012-13 News Tribune Player of the Year Dezmyn Trent graduated in the spring.
Stadium (0-2) is trying to return to the Class 4A state tournament with an all-new backcourt.
“We lost some nice guards from last year, so we thought at the start of the year, ‘Let’s establish the inside,’ ” Doug Cocke’ said.
Forwards Malik Mayeux (16 points) and Brown (15) combined to score 31 of Stadium’s 43 points.
“We’re playing nine of our first 11 games on the road,” Doug Cocke’ said. “We’re trying to get battle-tested.”