At the Class 3A West Central-Southwest bi-district quarterfinals in Rogers High School, Cerberus came to town.
That’s the three-headed monster Foss deploys with Armond Davis, Olashawan Miller and Chris Reynolds, who helped the Falcons defeat Kennedy, 77-67.
Foss will play rival Wilson at the same venue at 6 p.m. Friday.
“We feel those three (and even) the four to five guys play really well together,” Falcons coach Mike Cocke’ said. “They know when they can take their shots.”
Finding those shots was difficult early in the game as Kennedy of the Seamount League keyed on Foss’ star player Davis (32 points, 7-for-13 field goals and 5-for-8 on 3-pointers), forcing the 6-foot-5, Seattle University-signee to the free-throw line early. Davis dashed that plan by finishing 11-for-12 from the line.
That’s when Davis and the coach’s son, Michael Cocke’ (three points, seven assists), made the decision to look to forwards Miller and Reynolds low in the post.
“We just talked about, you know, this is playoff time – it’s winning time,” Davis said. “We can’t be laying ducks (now).”
Miller was on fire in the second half, scoring 12 of his 19 points and forcing the Lancers to give Davis space. Miller also had eight rebounds and four assists.
“That’s the way we play,” Miller said of the Falcons unselfish play. “I realized it’s playoff (basketball)...I realized my teammates were open and if I give them the ball and we score, that’s what matters.”
Kennedy didn’t go quietly in the fourth quarter, staging a comeback in the final three minutes. With Foss leading 64-46, the Falcons started to back off the Lancers with soft defense, giving up open shots to the Lancers’ Michael Sasanoff (27 points).
With a minute left in the game, the lead was cut to 69-59 before Davis took over and forced his way to the line. Davis made eight free throws in the final minute to close out the game.
“We just want to win here and get to the (Tacoma) Dome. We’re not satisfied with anything less than the Dome,” Davis said.
Reynolds finished the game with 21 points and nine rebounds.
Wilson 57, Auburn Mountainview 37: The third-ranked Rams started out sluggish but kicked it into high gear to defeat the Lions in the Class 3A West Central-Southwest bi-sistrict quarterfinals at Rogers High.
Wilson will play Foss at 7:45 p.m. Friday at Rogers. Auburn Mountainview play Kennedy at 7:45 p.m. Friday at Washington High.
After the Lions jumped out to a 15-10 lead in the first quarter, the Rams’ Ivy Smith Jr. (11 points, six assists) made sharp passes to open teammates.
Smith often found David Jenkins, and he finished with a game-high 15 points in the win.
Wilson’s lockdown defense helped the Rams outscore Auburn Mountainview, 32-11, in the second half. Ryan Lacey led the Lions with 11 points.kevin.manning@ thenewstribune.com