Opponents already have a difficult time matching up with Timberline senior guard Donaven Dorsey.
A long-armed 6-foot-7 senior who steps out and shoots 3-pointers is a tough problem for teams to deal with.
Give Dorsey a little help, and the problem compounds.
Sophomore forward Jarryn Bush scored 21 points, and Dorsey added 19 as the Blazers advanced in the West Central District 3A tournament by defeating upstart Peninsula, 63-55, in a loser-out game at Rogers High School.
“Jarryn stepped up and started making shots,” Dorsey said. “He’s tough. He’s a tough player.”
Timberline (12-9) advances to play Enumclaw on Wednesday. The game starts at 6 p.m. at Washington High School.
Down 7-0 right out of the gate, Timberline went on an extended run and took a 32-23 lead into halftime.
Peninsula had a big run of its own. Lead by sophomore guard JaQuori McLaughlin, Peninsula scored nine straight points early in the third quarter. The Seahawks eventually took a 49-48 lead on Levi Alton’s layup with 6:20 left in the game.
The lead was short-lived. Timberline went on a 9-0 run of its own to take command of the game, with Bush scoring seven of the points.
Dorsey pulled down 10 rebounds and was a shot-blocking presence in the paint. The University of Washington commit wants to make a deep run in the playoffs.
“We want to get back to state, and go farther than we did last year,” Dorsey said.
McLaughlin scored 28 points for Peninsula. His sophomore class accounted for 38 of Peninsula’s 55 points in the game – a good sign for the future.
“I’m so proud of the guys,” said Peninsula coach Jake Jackson. “Last year we were 4-16; this year we went 15-8. We have seven sophomores on the roster. We’ve come so far.”