By Todd Milles
This time, it wasn’t so close.
From the second quarter on, third-ranked Lincoln put on a clinic on how to execute at both ends, and the Abes botted up No. 5 Mountlake Terrace, 68-47, in the 3A boys’ basketball quarterfinals Thursday in the Tacoma Dome.
The Abes and Hawks battled to a one-point game in early December – won by Lincoln, 60-59.
This time around, Mountlake Terrace just could not buy a basket, missing its first eight shots. The Hawks never led.
And Lincoln’s Tre’Shaun Fletcher dominated the game, scoring nine points in the first quarter as the Abes grabbed a 16-9 advantage.
Fletcher was behind the knockout run, too. He ran by Mountlake Terrace’s Greg Bowman for an easy bucket. Next time down, he sank a long 3-pointer 17 seconds later, and the Abes had a 25-11 lead with 5:58 remaining in the first half.
Fletcher finished with a game-high 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting. He grabbed 13 rebounds. Ahmaad Rorie added 21.
“What can you say about Tre’ Fletcher – holy smokes!” Lincoln coach Aubrey Shelton said. “When he plays like that, there’s nobody better.”
Shelton called this the best five-game stretch his team has played all season.
The last time Lincoln was in the state semifinals was 2002 – the last of the school’s back-to-back 4A titles.