Tacoma – The referees were a little bit hard on Timberline star Donaven Dorsey on Wednesday night in the Blazers’ Narrows League 3A opener at Lincoln.
Dorsey managed to play 4 minutes and 46 seconds in the first half of Timberline’s 61-45 loss while picking up three fouls.
The high-flying junior picked up his fourth foul three minutes into the third quarter.
As a result, he was held to four points, and a crowd that included at least two NCAA Division I coaches there to scout him saw little of what Dorsey could do on the court.
Another result was that Lincoln guard Ahmaad Rorie, a junior transfer from Clover Park, was able to direct the Abes’ effective fastbreak.
When he wasn’t finding teammate Tre’Shaun Fletcher for dunks, Rorie was pulling up and nailing his own midrange jumpers.
Rorie scored 19 points and Fletcher had 16 to lead the No. 2-ranked Abes (4-0).
“We wanted to make a statement to the league, that we are best,” Rorie said. “I played summer league with (his Lincoln teammates), so I already knew how they played and stuff.”
Even without Dorsey – “One of our game plans was to attack him, and make him work on defense, and try to get him in foul trouble,” said Lincoln coach Aubrey Shelton – Timberline (1-2) trailed by only three points at halftime, 29-26.
Junior guard Tyler Gartner drained three consecutive 3-point shots in the second quarter to keep it close.
“It was a tough one for us tonight,” Timberline coach Allen Thomas said. “I thought the kids actually battled pretty hard in the first half to keep it within three.”
Lincoln led 37-32 late in the third quarter when Fletcher threw down a dunk in transition, and then hit a driving layup after a turnover.
Moments later Rorie knocked down a 3-pointer, then grabbed a defensive rebound and drove coast-to-coast for a layup.
Lincoln finished off a 19-4 scoring run when Rorie passed to Fletcher for an alley-oop dunk in the fourth quarter, making it 56-36.
“We gave up too many second-chance points tonight, and we gave up way too many fastbreak points tonight, for dunks and layups,” Thomas said.