It comes in waves, but when it does, Franklin boys’ basketball coach Jason Kerr likes the action he sees.
In a word – dangerous. The ninth-ranked Quakers turned a nip-and-tuck game into a 3A quarterfinal laugher, leaving Timberline in their dust, 78-55, at the Tacoma Dome on Thursday afternoon.
Franklin, traditionally one of the Metro League’s top programs, made nine of its first 11 shots of the second half – and finished 11-for-16. The Quakers made four 3-pointers.
The Quakers led 33-28 before going on a 27-9 run with just under a minute to play in the third quarter.
“I just know we play better basketball when we execute on both ends of the floor,” Franklin coach Jason Kerr said.
The Blazers hung tight in the first half behind Donaven Dorsey, who made every type of shot en route to an 18-point first half – 3-pointers, twirling shots in the lane and really difficult fallaway baseline jumpers with defenders in his face.
In fact, the 6-foot-6 Dorsey – who finished with a game-high 30 points – wasn’t the only standout junior big man to showcase his skills in the game. Eugene Artison, Franklin’s 6-8 leaper, tallied 23.