Lincoln guard Ahmaad Rorie didn’t waste any time getting to know his new teammates.
The junior transfer from Clover Park conducted the Lincoln fast break like a maestro on Wednesday night, finding teammate Tre’Shaun Fletcher for dunks or pulling up and nailing his own midrange jumper.
Rorie scored 19 points and Fletcher had 16 in the Abes 61-45 home victory over Timberline in the Narrows League 3A conference opener.
“We wanted to make a statement to the league, that we are best,” said Rorie. “I played summer league with (his Lincoln teammates), so I already knew how they played and stuff.”
No. 2-ranked Lincoln (4-0) caught a break from the referees, who whistled a series of quick fouls on Timberline star Donaven Dorsey. The high-flying junior played just 4 minutes, 46 seconds in the first half while drawing three fouls, and he picked up his fourth foul three minutes into the third quarter.
All of that time on the bench meant Dorsey scored only four points and was a non-factor in the game – much to the disappointment of the (at least) two major NCAA Division I college coaches in the crowd scouting him.
“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.
Even without Dorsey, Timberline (1-2) still hung around and 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.
Lincoln led 37-32 late in the third quarter when Fletcher threw down a dunk in transition, and then hit a driving lay-up after a turnover.
Moments later Rorie knocked down a 3-pointer, then grabbed a defensive rebound and drove coast-to-coast for a lay-up.
Lincoln finished off a 19-4 scoring run when Rorie for Fletcher for an alley-oop dunk in the fourth quarter, making it 56-36.