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Auburn Mountainview nets 45-43 come-from-behind win over Timberline at King Showcase | Prep boys basketball

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Auburn Mountainview's Tristan Miguel in action at the King Showcase.
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Despite falling into a 11-0 hole to start the contest, the Auburn Mountainview boys finagled a come-from-behind 45-43 non-league win over Timberline in the King Showcase at the ShoWare Center in Kent on Monday.

After failing to find the bottom of the net for the first three minutes, the Lions (1-2 South Puget Sound League 3A, 7-8 overall) were forced to play catch up against the Blazers (7-7), finally taking the lead in the third quarter on a pair of free throws by sophomore Tristan Miguel.

Miguel, a 6-foot-9 post, finished the game with 14 points and eight rebounds, sealing the deal for Auburn Mountainview with a putback basket with just 14 seconds left in the game.

"We've had a lot games where we've had to come back after digging ourselves a hole," Auburn Mountainview Coach Terrance Johnson said. "That's just part of having a young group that is learning to play. Tonight where we showed a ton of maturity is that we just kept playing. We hung our heads for a little bit, but then we stopped."

Junior wing Chase Sahlin added nine points for the Lions, with senior wing Wyatt Walstad chipping in with eight points.

"We talk about winning the possession, that's kind of our thing," Johnson said. "And that's what we started to do to get back into the game and give ourselves a chance. And we got some shots, a big one from Tristan and another from Wyatt. And that's what we've lacked in some games."

With just five league games left in the regular season, Johnson said he expects his young team (nine sophomores, a junior and four seniors) to be in the mix for a postseason berth.

"We're a ton better," Johnson said. "We have high expectations for ourselves and we want to compete and be successful this year. So we're not talking just about the future. We understand there is going to be learning curves and growing pains. But we're a ton better, we've had some really good wins and we've been competitive in some games. So tonight's win will hopefully teach us how to finish some of those close games."

Auburn Mountainview resumes league play tonight with a 7 o'clock contest at Decatur (1-2, 3-9).

ALSO: Despite pulling to within three points in the fourth quarter, Auburn (8-3,10-5) was unable to secure a win in the 5 p.m. contest at the King Showcase, losing to Foss (9-3) 75-70. Senior Marquise Prater led the way for the Trojans with 21 points, with Rio Paul adding 19 and JJ Ruffin 10. Auburn travels to No. 4 Kentridge (11-0, 15-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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