Ahmaad Rorie and Armond Davis were both in the starting lineup Wednesday night at Lincoln High School for the first time since last February.
Rorie had 13 points in his first start since being cleared to return to the Abes after starting the year at Montverde Academy in Florida. Davis, now wearing Foss green, scored 16 points in his first game at Lincoln since transferring from there.
But with nine points in the third quarter, Rorie helped No. 4 Lincoln keep pace with Foss in the second half en route to a 60-50 victory, after learning earlier in the day he would be back in the starting lineup.
“It felt really good, especially having all the fans’ support and all my friends,” said Rorie, who came off the bench with 11 points in a home loss to Bellarmine Prep on Friday.
“I saw him coming out; it was just really nice to see him back out there in the starting lineup,” said Lincoln’s Josiah Barsh, who led the Abes with 14 points. “He’s really fit in.”
If Lincoln (14-2, 7-1 3A Narrows) looked impressive enough without Rorie, adding the California signee should make the Abes that much more potent.
“I think I’m the piece that can make us win state,” Rorie said. “But I’ve just been trying to fit in. I know if we do make state, I might have to take over, but right now it’s just about fitting in.”
Foss (12-5, 5-4) kept pace in the first quarter but was held to four points in the second as the Abes took a 10-point lead into halftime.
“Our half-court ‘D’ was almost perfect at times,” Lincoln coach Aubrey Shelton said. “We are capable of that, but offensively we are struggling.”
He expects that to change with Rorie back in the picture.
“(Rorie) is a guy that can take how good we’ve been and take us to another level,” Shelton said. “For that to happen, he’s got to be a leader, play defense and be him offensively.”TJ Cotterill: 253-597-8677 firstname.lastname@example.org @Cotterill44