For the second time this week, the No. 2 Federal Way boys went down. This time it was to cross-town rival Beamer, which rode the inside play of Bogdon Bliznyuk (18 points, 12 rebounds) for a 50-48 SPSL South victory at home. The Titans trailed by 15 points in the second half, but Bliznyuk brought them back – and gave them the late lead, 50-48, from the free-throw line with 3.3 seconds to go. Federal Way did not get a good look at a game-winning shot as time expired.
Chandler Whalen poured in 13 points, and Puyallup won its always-important SPSL South boys basketball rivalry game against Rogers, 53-31. It was the Vikings’ fourth win in five games.
Harold Lee and Leo Paul led Auburn with 12 points apiece, but it was J.J. Ruffin’s two free throws in the final seconds that lifted the Trojans to a 53-52 win over Mount Rainier in SPSL North boys’ basketball action. Auburn has won five games in a row, and sits atop the division.
Top-ranked Lincoln had no trouble at home Friday, walloping Shelton, 74-29, in Narrows 3A boys basketball action in Tacoma. Ahmaad Rorie led the Abes with 21 points, and Tre’Shaun Fletcher added 15.
Claire Martin scored six of her eight points, and Sydney Swofford sank two 3-pointers in Bellarmine Prep’s 20-6 second-quarter scoring outburst, and the Lions maintained their stranglehold of the Narrows 4A girls basketball lead with a 55-42 victory over Olympia in Tacoma.
Anushka Maldonado tallied 23 points, and Yelm won a Narrows 4A girls basketball game on the road – 59-41 over South Kitsap in Port Orchard. preps.thenewstribune.com