Fifteen days of practice was enough for Donaven Dorsey and the Timberline Blazers.
While other South Sound basketball teams have played as many as four games already, Thursday’s non-league clash with River Ridge was the long-awaited season opener for the Blazers – and the game against the Hawks couldn’t come soon enough.
With a game-high 25 points coming from Dorsey, Timberline’s multi-talented 6-foot-6 guard, the Blazers earned a 59-50 victory over host Ridge Ridge in-front of a packed gymnasium.
The win also was a homecoming gift for first-year Timberline coach Allen Thomas, a 1999 River Ridge graduate who also played for Hawks coach John Barbee at The Evergreen State College in the early 2000s.
In ways, it was a typical season opener – spurts of turnovers and sloppy play, but a big 15-0 run in the second quarter gave Timberline a 29-17 lead at halftime. The Blazers held River Ridge to just one field goal and three points in the second quarter.
“We felt we should’ve been a lot better,” said Dorsey, who made eight of 16 shots from the field, including a monster breakaway dunk. “We had a lot of unforced turnovers and mental breakdowns. But I think we’re going to bounce back.”