Easily the plan-ahead, get-there-early boys basketball game of the season so far plays out Friday night in Tacoma.
No. 6 Foss at No. 1 Lincoln.
Absolute heart versus extreme talent.
Little brother taking on big brother?
“If we get in a blow for blow battle with Lincoln in terms of talent, we do not stand a chance,” Foss coach Mike Cocke said. “So we have to be a defensive team, and have to have games in the 50s and 60s. A game in the 80s, we do not have the horses to do that. We do not have necessarily what they have.”
And that was not mean as a slight to his own team – Lincoln has an NCAA Division I signee (Tre’Shaun Fletcher), a Div. I commit (Ahmaad Rorie) and an emerging scorer receiving DI interest (Ar’Mond Davis).
Rorie, a transfer from Clover Park, has really come on in December. He averaged 22.5 points in four games at the EA Holiday Classic in San Diego for the Abes, and nearly had a triple-double (24 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists) in the consolation title game victory over St. John’s of Houston.
Needless to say, the Falcons will need to try and slow Rorie down. And he might have the advantage since the Foss players do not know his game as well as they do Fletcher or Brown.
Foss does have its own star in Dezmyn Trent, a do-everything, ultra-competitive forward who started his prep career at Lincoln – but came to the Falcons’ program as a sophomore.
And when track standout Marcus Chambers decided not to turn out for basketball in the fall at Foss, Trent became the undisputed go-to weapon.
“We run a lot to get him a lot of looks,” Cocke said.
But it just isn’t Trent. Jericho Ballard received a fifth year of eligibility, and is the No. 2 scoring option and defensive stopper on the perimeter. And senior point guard Noah Hunthausen has a 6-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, and controls the offense.
“A lot of these guys have been with me a long time. They have been around my expectations and they know me and the style I want to play,” Cocke said. “I do not want to say it is like coaching themselves, but they know what it takes to win.”