The 3A West Central District 3 championship game will be a Narrows League party as Wilson held off Foss, 89-83, at Rogers High School on Thursday night.
Wilson advances to the title game against two-time defending district champion Lincoln. The game will be played at 4 p.m. Saturday at Puyallup high School.
Lincoln and Wilson have already played twice this season, splitting a pair of Narrows League games.
Wilson reached the finals by finally defeating league rival Foss. The Falcons edged Wilson twice in regular-season play.
“The last two times we played Foss, they beat us,” Wilson senior Keun Palu-Thompson said. “We wanted to come out and show that those were fluky.”
Palu-Thompson started and scored 18 points. That came as a surprise: he spent Saturday night in the hospital after injuring his back against Auburn-Mountainview. Palu-Thompson said doctors were concerned he had a collapsed lung.
“I really thought my season was over,” Palu-Thompson said. “The day I got out of the hospital, they said I could play.”
The high-flying Palu-Thompson helped Wilson pull away late in the fourth quarter, scoring inside to give the Rams a 75-68 lead at the 3 minutes, 30 second mark.
David Jenkins immediately followed with a steal, passing to Montre Lofton-Brown for a dunk to give Wilson a nine-point lead.
Jenkins scored 19 points to lead the Rams, and Elijah Cotton-Welch added 17.
Foss (18-6) will play in the third-place game against Columbia River at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. That game will be played at Rogers High School.
Haywood Irwin led the Falcons with 27 points, and Sam Dabalos-McMahon scored 23.
All four teams in the semifinals had already clinched a spot in the regional round of the state tournament next week.
Lincoln (21-3) took control of the game with a 23-point second quarter. Barsh, a senior guard, had 13 points at halftime.
Freshman guard Trevante Anderson provided a scoring lift for Lincoln, scoring 19 points.
Columbia River (18-5) was led by sophomore Spencer Long’s 20 points.