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Arlington falls to Lake Stevens 80-66


Andrew Hines

Arlington's Anthony Whitis breaks loose from his defender as he looks for the open man at Arlington High School on Dec. 2.

The Arlington Eagles boys basketball team's first home game of the season was against the Lake Stevens Vikings on Friday, Dec. 2.

The Eagles were led by their only two seniors on the roster, point guard Sam Tregoning and shooting guard Drew Bryson. With such a young varsity roster, Arlington leaned on their experienced leaders heavily and failed to find other outlets to score. Falling behind in the first half by a score of 40-35 the Eaxgles looked to still be in it. Unfortunately, Arlington just couldn't claw their way back as the Vikings won in the end by a score of 80-66.

"We're very inexperienced and I think we're not quite varsity ready. I have three sophomore starters and a lot on the bench that will swing between varsity and JV. I want them to be here and experience this because we're going to be like [Lake Stevens] in a little bit. They've got a lot of experience and they're big and strong. Physically they really out-muscled us and our lack of physical maturity showed. I think some of our emotional maturity showed as well, including myself, as we grabbed two technical fouls. I want our program to be a classy one and we are going to improve on all of that," said Arlington Head Coach Nick Brown.

Andrew Hines

Arlington's Dele Aribibola makes an acrobatic leap around the defender to make a big time layup in the second quarter at Arlington High School on Dec. 2.

Senior guard, Bryson, carried the load for the Arlington Eagles as he lit up the Vikings defense for 31 points while shooting 12 of 24, including five three pointers. He also led the team on the defensive end with a team high nine rebounds, one block and one steal.

Two other contributors included Tregoning and sophomore guard Anthony Whitis. Tregoning finished with 13 points, three rebounds and a team high three steals. Whitis also added five points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals.

"The more we play, the more confidence they will start to build. Right now we are just playing stagnant and a lot of them are looking at me to carry the scoring load. So, a lot of our offense is standing out there and trying to watch me go one-on-one which isn't going to help us win games. We need a team effort," said Bryson.

The Arlington Eagles' next home game will be against the Meadowdale Mavericks on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7:15 p.m.


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