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Photos: No. 2 Auburn beats No. 5 Seattle Prep to earn WIAA Class 3A state championship berth

Re-live the 3A state semifinal game through the lens of photographer Vince Miller

TACOMA, Wash. — In a low-scoring, defensive battle, Auburn was up for the task.

Maleek Arington scored a game-high 12 points, Junior Tyrell Nichols had all eight of his points in a second half spurt and Kaden Hansen hit a late 3 to help the No. 2 Trojans pull away from No. 5 Seattle Prep 45-34 in the 3A state semifinals.

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After a low-scoring first half — Seattle Prep led 17-14 at halftime — Nichols helped Auburn find a rhythm in the third quarter and outscore Prep 17-6.

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Kaden Hansen hit a 3 with a minute left to push Auburn's lead to nine and hit two game-sealing free throws in the final seconds.

The Trojans will play the winner of Rainier Beach and Mt. Spokane in the 3A state championship game on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Here are photos from the game. All photos by Vince Miller.

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Seattle Prep's Braeden Smith navigates a sea of Auburn defenders in the Class 3A state semifinals.
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