Auburn Mountainview's Tristan Miguel adding touch to his big-man game

mwochnick@theolympian.comJanuary 21, 2014 

Timberline’s Tyler Gartner, left, battles Auburn Mountainview’s Elijah Johnson on Monday.


In addition to his strong defensive play, Tristan Miguel, Auburn Mountainview’s 6-foot-9 sophomore, is starting to come around on the offensive end.

Miguel’s putback with 13.1 seconds remaining in regulation broke a 43-all tie against the Timberline Blazers in the Lions’ 45-43 win in the King Showcase at the ShoWare Center on Monday.

Miguel finished with a team-high 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds as the Lions (6-8) won for the third time in four games.

“For him to do that against a good team tonight, was a great sign for him and for us,” Auburn Mountainview coach Terry Johnson said.

Behind the play of Miguel, Chase Sahlin (nine points) and Wyatt Walstad (eight points), Auburn Mountainview took its first lead of the game with 2:48 to go at 39-38 on a pair of Miguel free throws after trailing by as many as 11 in the first half.

Then, Miguel’s putback on a missed runner in the lane by Christian Rotter gave Auburn Mountainview the lead for good at 45-43.

The Blazers (7-7) had good look at a possible game-winner, but Brandell Evans’ 3-pointer was long off the back rim.

The Blazers played their first full game without senior and University of Washington signee Donaven Dorsey, who broke his left ankle during Friday’s 65-38 loss to Lincoln.

With Dorsey, the Blazers’ leading scorer, sidelined and waiting to know the extent of the injury, he did what he could to support the team against the Lions from the bench while on crutches.

“Still haven’t gone to the doctor yet,” Dorsey said before the game. “We’re waiting for them to call us back.”

On Saturday, Timberline coach Allen Thomas said that if Dorsey doesn’t need surgery, he could return in as little as four weeks, just in time for the start of the postseason, should the Blazers be one of four 3A Narrows teams to qualify for the West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament, which begins Feb. 17.

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