3 takeaways from Wilson Basketball vs Lincoln rivalry win


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Wilson High School forward Jackson Dorsey throws a dunk as teammate Tre Walker watches in a Pierce County League Class 3A game against Lincoln on Friday, May 21, 2021 in Tacoma, Washington.

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Wilson High School basketball is already having a convincing run for another undefeated Class 3A Pierce County League title.

The Rams are only about a week off their schedule – which, in this season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, is already approaching halfway – but certainly appear poised to qualify for a second straight championship.

Wilson (4-0) started off with wins over Lakes, Bonney Lake and Spanaway Lake – each over 30 points – and added another to his tally on Friday night in Tacoma, routing rival Crosstown, Lincoln, 78-51, in the only regular schedule. seasonal meeting between the eternal suitors.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

WILSON CONTINUES UNMATCHED VICTORY AGAINST 3A PCL OPPONENTS

The last time the Rams lost a regular season encounter to a league opponent was at this gym in 2019, when the Abes extended their own league winning streak to 60 games – and made nine. in a row against Wilson.

The streak was finally cut short last winter, and the Rams haven’t looked back since. They won an undefeated 3A PCL title in 2020, finishing a perfect 14-0, and are on track to repeat as undefeated champions this spring.

Wilson has now won his last four meetings with the Abes – including three regular season and one playoff contests – and extended his 3A PCL streak to 18.

The victories at the start of the season have certainly been convincing. The Rams started off with a 93-46 victory over Lakes at the Washington State Fairground last week, followed by routs at Bonney Lake (97-65) and Spanaway Lake (77-45).

The 27-point victory over the Abes was Wilson’s closest game so far this season. Both programs were undefeated entering the game, but the Rams took a 44-30 lead in the break and passed Lincoln (3-1) in the third quarter on their way to a fourth straight win.

“Our guys want to win Tacoma,” Rams coach Mike Cocke said. “It’s always been our goal since I came here, to win Tacoma. … We must first be the best here. I think they are doing a very good job in this regard.

RAMS HAVE THREE BIG SCORE THREATS

Here’s a look at the scoring averages across four games for Wilson’s big three – senior forward Jackson Dorsey, second-year goaltender Cayden McDaniel and first-year goaltender Tre Walker.

Dorsey: 15.8 points per game

McDaniel: 27.8

Walker: 19.3

All three have scored in double digits in each of Wilson’s first four games, and the balanced attack has caused constant problems for opponents.

“We’re doing really well,” McDaniel said of how the Rams are progressing as a unit early on. “Practice is an important part. We push ourselves every day in training and that’s why it seems so easy here.

On Friday night, McDaniel found the basket most of the time, scoring a record 30 points, including 15 in a 21-point third quarter in which the Rams retired.

Cocke ‘noted how comfortable McDaniel – who averaged 12 points per game last season – has been this season and his individual growth since the end of his first season last March.

“He showed flashes of it last year,” Cocke said. “He’s a top kid.”

It was McDaniel’s second 30-point performance in four games. He scored a career-high 31 against Lakes in the season opener.

Dorsey added 17 points for the Rams on Friday and Walker added 15. Darius Bailey led Lincoln with 12 points, while Parker Androy had 11 points.

FOUR GAMES IN HIS HIGH SCHOOL CAREER, TRE WALKER IS ALREADY AWESOME

Walker played four games in high school – and scored 15 or more points in all of them.

Wilson’s freshman guard – the younger brother of Syracuse star Julianna Walker, who has more than 2,500 career points – started with 16 against Lakes last week in his debut for the Rams.

He went on to notched a career-high 31 against Bonney Lake and scored 15 in each of his last two games.

Against Lincoln, he scored 11 of Wilson’s 23 points in the second quarter as the Rams built a double-digit lead before halftime.

“He’s not intimidated,” Cocke said. “He’s ready to play, he wants the ball and wants to make big shots.

“That little race he had in the second quarter was pretty impressive. He is a very good player and we are lucky to have him.

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Lauren Smith covers the Seattle Mariners for The News Tribune. Previously, she covered high school sports at TNT and The Olympian, as of 2015. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and Emerald Ridge High School.


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