Super sophs lead the way as Auburn denies Federal Way for outright Olympic title

Trojans to take on Kentwood for top seed to upcoming district playoffs

  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020 12:59pm
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Sophomores Trevon Blassingame scored 15 points and Dae’Kwon Watson had 14 to lead a balanced attack as Auburn defeated Federal Way 64-54 in a tiebreaker to capture the North Puget Sound League Olympic Division title Monday night at Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines.

Ryan Hansen, a sophomore, added 13 points, junior Amar Rivers had 10, and Maleek Arington, another sophomore, finished with 9 points for the Trojans (14-1 in league, 19-3 overall). Auburn and Federal Way (13-2, 18-4) split their two regular-season meetings, necessitating a playoff to determine the Olympic champion.

Auburn, riding an 11-game winning streak, hosts Kentwood, the NPSL Cascade champion, for the overall league title and the top seed to next week’s district playoffs. Tipoff is 7 p.m. Friday at Bob Jones Gymnasium.

Last Friday night, Arington scored 18 points as Auburn turned back visiting Auburn Riverside 55-49 to capture a share of the Olympic title last Friday night.

Darrell Hester had 11 points and Blassingame scored 10 for the Trojans.

The vastly improved Ravens dropped to 8-6 and 13-7. Auburn Riverside plays at Mount Rainier at 7 p.m. Thursday to determine the NPSL’s No. 5 and No. 6 seeds to the district playoffs.

Elsewhere

In girls play, the Trojans downed the Ravens 48-31 last week to complete the regular-season sweep and improve to 10-4 (third in league) and 13-8 (overall).

On Jan. 28, the Trojans topped the Lions 40-39, sweeping that regular-season series. Emily Strojan led Auburn with 10 points and seven rebounds. Alerjah Hill finished with nine points.

Auburn plays at Kentwood on Thursday to decide the NPSL’s No. 5 and No. 6 seeds to the district playoffs. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

Auburn Mountainview (11-9) plays at Hazen of Renton in an elimination game Wednesday. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

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