Auburn and local high school basketball players pose in front of downtown Shanghai during their 10-day visit to China. COURTESY PHOTO

Auburn and local high school basketball players pose in front of downtown Shanghai during their 10-day visit to China. COURTESY PHOTO

Memorable trip to China

Auburn-led basketball team captures Shanghai tournament during 10-day trip

  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 9:42am
  • Sports

A high school basketball team from the Pacific Northwest, including seven players from Auburn High, made a winning trip to Shanghai, China for a tournament.

The team, which was led by Auburn coach Ryan Hansen and assistant coaches Jason Brown and Ryan Rogers, won all four games in the tournament including a win over Shanghai Gong University in the championship game.

The Northwest squad returned home Tuesday, following a 10-day trip to China.

Chris Hong of E Sports in Shanghai invited the team to the tournament. The squad – the only American team in the tournament – won two games on Saturday and two more on Sunday.

Local basketball promoter Steve Turcotte helped put the event together for the trip and also officiated in the tournament as well.

“It was a different way to play,” Hansen said. “They play a real physical game in China, but our kids got adjusted and played well in winning the tournament. It was a great win in the championship game over a college team that was much bigger than we were.”

The players included: Kaden Hansen (Auburn); Trevon Blassingame (Auburn); Amar Rivers (Auburn); Maleek Arington (Auburn); Darrell Hester (Auburn); Dae-Kwon Watson (Auburn); Met Lam (Auburn); Tyler Linhardt (King’s); and Muhammed Kora (Lindbergh).

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