It’s going to be Wilson vs. Lincoln, Part Four, for the Class 3A West Central/Southwest bidistrict boys basketball title.
The top two teams in the Narrows League were winners in the semifinals Friday night at Rogers High School.
Wilson was first up. The Rams took control early and trounced Foss, 81-59, in a chippy game that featured multiple scuffles, flagrant fouls, technical fouls and an ejection.
The Rams built a nine-point lead in the first quarter, led by 14 at halftime, and then went on a 14-0 run in the third quarter to banish any thoughts of a Foss comeback.
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“We wanted to come out and defend so hard, that they wouldn’t even be able to score in the second half,” junior point guard Ivy Smith Jr. said. “We wanted it so bad.”
Wilson used a balanced attack, with four players scoring in double figures. David Jenkins led the Rams with 17 points. Smith scored 14, Alphonso Anderson had 13 and Jamal Welch added 12.
Wilson (21-2) plays Lincoln (21-3) at 6 p.m. Saturday in the district championship game at Pacific Lutheran University. The winner will receive the WCD’s No. 1 seed going into the regional round of the state tournament. The loser will claim the No. 2 seed.
Wilson and Lincoln have played three times this season, with Wilson winning twice.
“Whoever we play, we’re ready,” Smith said before the Lincoln-Timberline game. “If Timberline wins, we’re coming out hard. If Lincoln wins, we’re coming out even harder.”
Lincoln 68, Timberline 66: Timberline senior Donaven Dorsey saw his 3-point attempt at the buzzer hit the front rim, bounce off the backboard, land on the front rim and roll off, ending the Blazers’ bid to reach the district championship game.
“He had a great look,” Timberline coach Allen Thomas said. “I thought it was going to roll in, but sometimes it doesn’t happen like that.”
Lincoln had a 62-50 lead with 4 minutes, 11 seconds to play, but Timberline made a furious comeback bid.
Timberline’s Jarryn Bush rebounded a missed 3-pointer and laid it in to tie the score at 66 with 38 seconds remaining.
After a Lincoln timeout, the Abes set up a play to get senior Justice Martion a look from 10 feet out. Martion hit what proved to be the winning shot.
Martion finished with 19 points to lead the Abes. Dorsey scored 22 for Timberline.