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

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
  • Sports

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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