By Todd Milles
Once again, senior Tre’Shaun Fletcher got it all rolling for the Abes, giving a master performance in his final game – 31 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots – as the Narrows 3A and West Central District champions claimed third place with a 77-69 victory over Franklin at the state basketball championships Saturday.
“It’s the best finish for a Tacoma (public) school in 11 years, so there’s a lot to be proud of,” Lincoln coach Aubrey Shelton said.
And against the ninth-ranked Quakers (18-11), Fletcher attacked the inside at will. All five of his made field goals in the first quarter where around the basket, and that set the tone.
“I knew they were smaller than me, so I thought that was our mismatch,” Fletcher said.
Franklin was still hanging around until the fourth quarter. Fletcher made a tough 8-footer in the lane to start the final stanza, and on Lincoln’s next possession, he took a nifty bounce pass from Josiah Barsh for a lay-up – and the No. 3 Abes led, 61-48.
Ninety seconds later, Fletcher finished off a three-point play – and Lincoln (23-4) was in control, 66-51, with 5:15 remaining.
Ahmaad Rorie poured in 29 points for Lincoln, including four 3-pointers. Lincoln shot 50 percent from the floor as a team (28-for-56).
The Abes clinched their first state trophy at the 3A level, and recorded their best finish overall since winning the 4A title in 2002.