Balanced on offense and solid on defense, the Auburn boys basketball team continues to blossom as it enters the stretch drive to the postseason.
The Trojans, riding a six-game winning streak, can grab a share of the North Puget Sound League Olympic Division title by winning their last three games in the regular season, regardless of what Federal Way. Auburn (10-1 in league, 15-3 overall) and Federal Way (10-1, 15-2) split their meetings, each winning on its home floor.
Auburn, which defeated Decatur 73-52 Wednesday, finishes the regular season at Thomas Jefferson on Friday, at Auburn Mountainview on Jan. 29 and hosts Auburn Riverside on Jan. 31.
Trevon Blassingame, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, scored 16 points and Amar Rivers and Kaden Hansen each had 13 as the Trojans shut down Enumclaw 64-33 on the road last Saturday.
Blassingame poured in 25 points and Maleek Arington had 21 in a 70-60 win against Federal Way on Jan. 16.
“Really pleased with the effort and focus of our group. The boys are bought into our system, believe in each other and play extremely unselfish,” said coach Ryan Hansen. “We have a great senior leadership in Darrell Hester, and our younger players are working hard every day to continue to improve.
“I was very happy for the boys in their win over Federal Way,” Hansen said. “We just need to stay focused and hungry, finish strong these final (three) games and then refocus as we enter the postseason.”
Hansen knows the way to state. He has guided the Trojans, a perennial league contender, to state tournament appearances in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.