The Abes got 60 points combined from Tre'Shaun Fletcher and Ahmaad Rorie in their 77-69 win.
TACOMA — Franklin couldn’t find an answer Saturday afternoon.
Once No. 3 Lincoln’s Tre’Shaun Fletcher and Ahmaad Rorie got going, it seemed impossible to stop them as the Abes beat the Quakers, 77-69, to take third place in the Class 3A state tournament.
Fletcher finished with 31 points for Lincoln (23-4), shooting 12 for 20 from the field. Rorie had 29, including four three-pointers. Fletcher assisted Rorie on each of those threes.
Those two feeding off each other on offense didn’t come as a surprise to Lincoln coach Aubrey Shelton. He’s watched it all season.
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“They both make each other better,” he said. “Yet, at the same time, they both sacrifice a little bit.”
Still, Franklin was down by just five at halftime despite Rorie and Fletcher combining for 31 in the first half.
That was largely because of the post play of Eugene Artison. Artison had 16 points in the first half and was 8 for 10 from the field. He also blocked three shots.
Lincoln found a way to lock Artison down in the second half, holding him to four points.
“We had a little bit better ball pressure,” Shelton said. “Artison is a good player. We had our hands full with him.”
Even in defeat, Franklin coach Jason Kerr was pleased with Artison’s play Saturday.
“He took full advantage of the opportunities that came his way when the tougher defensive matchups went to other guys, and he exploited it well,” Kerr said.
Along with holding Artison to four points in the second half, Lincoln denied Franklin guard Arell Hennings.
Hennings finished with 24 points in the Quakers’ loss to No. 2 Rainier Beach on Friday night. With Fletcher guarding him Saturday, Hennings scored just five.
But more than their defense, the Abes rode out the solid offensive production from Rorie and Fletcher to get the win.
Kerr actually felt OK about Fletcher’s and Rorie’s production, because he knew what they were capable of.
“I don’t think two guys cost us the game,” he said. “It was the other areas that really did it.”
Most notably, the other area was offensive efficiency; the Quakers shot 3 for 15 on three-point attempts and shot 47.5 percent from the field.