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Tommies hit buzzer-beater to top Eagles


Andrew Kneeland

Marysville-Pilchuck's Michael Painter defends Arlington's Donovan Sellgren. M-P won by a final score of 54-53.

Arlington's incredible comeback last Friday night in Marysville seemed too good to be true. Fortunately for Tomahawk fans, it was.

With less than six ticks left on the clock in the fourth quarter and trailing by one point, Pilchuck gave the ball to Bryce Juneau. The junior guard raced down the court and shoved the ball toward the net. It rattled out, but Cole Grinde was there to tap it back in as the buzzer sounded.

Originally ruled no good, the referees met at center-court for discussion with fans of both teams in the packed Jim Linden Fieldhouse on the verge of either deflation or jubilee.

The call was changed, the basket was counted, and Pilchuck was given the win, 54-53. Tomahawk fans stormed the court, while much of Arlington's crowd was too stunned to move.

The Tommies' overall record improves to 7-2, and they win their first league contest of the season.

Pilchuck raced out to a 14-point lead at halftime against the Eagles, fueled by solid shooting from Anthony Herrera off the bench and a score of Arlington miscues. But Tomahawk captain Michael Painter spent much of the third quarter on the bench, Arlington's Nathan Aune racked up 11 points and teammate Drew Bryson hit three triples to even the score.

Aune finished with a game-high 27 points, and Painter led the Tomahawks with 17.

Arlington only managed 13 points in the first half, largely stifled by the Pilchuck defense. The Eagles needed to use all 35 seconds of their shot clock to even run a play early in the game, and the Tommies were able to grab three early steals.

Bryson was a human highlight reel for Arlington in the second half, however. The sophomore guard took advantage of not being boxed out to grab five rebounds and create several second-chance opportunities for the Eagles. Bryson finished with 17 points.

Arlington's record drops to 8-3 overall and 0-1 in league play. It was their third consecutive game that included a 15-point comeback. The Eagles played Oak Harbor on Jan. 13 and will return home on Jan. 16 to host Stanwood.

Pilchuck seems to be back to its winning ways, bouncing back from losses to Union and Centralia with two straight wins. They hosted Marysville Getchell on Jan. 13 and will visit Everett on Jan. 16.


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