Kaden Hansen scored 15 points – all on 3-pointers – and Maleek Arington had 12 points as Auburn held off Olympia 53-49 in the West Central/Southwest District playoffs at Tacoma’s Wilson High School on Wednesday night.
The eighth-ranked Trojans (23-4) advance to play Federal Way (22-4) on Friday for the district’s No. 5 seed to next week’s regionals. The North Puget Sound League Olympic teams split their two regular-season meetings and tied for the division top spot during the regular season, with Auburn capturing the tiebreaker 64-54 on a neutral floor on Feb. 3.
The fourth meeting tips off at 6 p.m. at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
Auburn led most of the way and had a 15-point cushion in the third quarter before Olympia rallied in the fourth.
Hansen drilled a key 3-pointer, Arington sank two free throws and Dae’Kwon Watson added a free throw down the stretch after the Bears (18-6) had closed to within one in the final minute.
Watson finished with 11 points.