LACEY — Timberline High School’s Donaven Dorsey aggressively ripped down the rebound and dribbled the length of the court, slashing through heavy traffic before converting the layup.
The sprained ankle, which sidelined the University of Washington-bound senior for almost three weeks, appeared fully healed early in Wednesday’s contest.
A barrage of 3-pointers to open the third quarter, however, proved that even with a healthy Dorsey on the court, this was Lincoln’s game.
Josiah Barsh scored 17 points, Ahmaad Rorie had 13 and the visiting Abes claimed at least a share of the 3A Narrows League boys basketball title with a 75-59 victory over the Blazers.
Lincoln (18-2 overall, 11-1 league) will meet Wilson to decide the outright 3A Narrows championship at 7 p.m. Friday at Foss High School.
The two teams split their regular-season meetings.
“I told the guys before the start of the season if they won 11 games, they’d win league, and we did that,” Lincoln coach Aubrey Shelton said. “Unfortunately, our only loss was to Wilson so we’re not hanging a banner yet. We still have work to do Friday.”
In just his third game back, Dorsey, who suffered a sprained left ankle in Timberline’s 65-38 loss to the Abes on Jan. 17, was phenomenal in defeat, scoring 23 points and leading the Blazers back from a 25-point hole.
A Dorsey 3-pointer, his second in the fourth quarter, pulled Timberline (11-9, 7-5) within single digits at 60-51 with 51/2 minutes remaining.
Another Dorsey trey made it a 62-57 contest, but a timely Barsh 3 and some late free-throw shooting gave the Abes the comfortable victory.
“They came out and gave us quite a punch, and we took it right on the chin,” Blazers coach Allen Thomas said. “By the time we realized we could play with them, it was too late. The kids showed a lot fighting back. I knew they would with it being senior night.”
Entering the third quarter with a 10-point lead, Lincoln blew the game wide open with a rash of 3s.
In a quick four-minute spurt, the Abes got 3-pointers from Barsh, Dionte Simon, Londrell Hamilton and Cameron Collins.
A second 3-pointer from Collins turned the once close contest into a 25-point cushion for Lincoln at 56-31 midway through the third quarter.
“They can shoot; we knew that coming in,” Thomas said. “Barsh and Collins both caught fire.”
The Blazers battled back, closing out the quarter on a 12-2 run, capped by a long 3 from Dorsey at the buzzer to cut the deficit to 58-43.
“When we were up, I told the team this was far from over,” Shelton said. “We were able to settle down after Dorsey led that big run.”
Timberline led, 15-13, after the first quarter and posted its largest lead of the game at 17-13 early in the second quarter. But the Blazers managed one field goal during a 41/2-minute span and fell victim to a 13-4 run by the Abes to trail, 30-21, with two minutes left in the half.
A deep 3 from Trevion Brown late followed by a pretty reverse layup from Rorie with two seconds left in the half pushed Lincoln’s advantage to double digits at the break, 35-25.