It was another excruciating Timberline-Lincoln game in the West Central/Southwest 3A bidistrict tournament — at least as far as the Blazers are concerned.
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 WCD championship game for the second straight year as Lincoln held on for a 68-66 victory at Rogers High School on Friday night.
“He had a great look,” Timberline coach Allen Thomas said of Dorsey. “I thought it was going to roll in, but sometimes it doesn’t happen like that.”
It was the second time in two years that Timberline lost a heartbreaker to Lincoln. Last year the teams met in the district title game, and Lincoln emerged with a 52-51 victory.
Dorsey finished with 22 points, helping the Blazers overcome a steep, fourth-quarter deficit.
Timberline trailed 62-50 with 4 minutes, 11 seconds remaining. The Blazers went on a 9-0 run, capped by a Dorsey steal and flush.
The Blazers tied the game at 66 when sophomore Jarryn Bush put back Dorsey’s missed 3-pointer with 38 seconds remaining.
Lincoln (21-3) called timeout and set up a play for center Justice Martion, who calmly knocked down a 10-footer to give Lincoln the 68-66 lead with 21 seconds to go.
Timberline let the clock wind down, and Dorsey let his shot fly — only to see it roll out.
The Blazers will play Foss in the district third-place game on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. at Clover Park High School. The winner receives the No. 3 seed to regionals, and the loser takes No. 4.
“Back to the drawing board tomorrow,” Thomas said. “We’re in a great position: We still qualified for regionals, but we really want third place.”
Junior guard Brandell Evans scored 16 points for Timberline, and Bush added nine.
Martion led Lincoln with 19 points, and Ahmaad Rorie added 15.
lincoln boys 68, TIMBERLINE 66