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Arlington hosts Coaches vs. Cancer game

 

January 24, 2018 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Anthony Whitis gets the ball in transition and hits the shot from behind the arc at Arlington High School on Jan. 16.

The Arlington boys basketball team welcomed the Snohomish Panthers to their home court for the annual Coaches vs. Cancer game on Jan. 16.

Arlington started the Coaches vs. Cancer games back in 2009 when Caryn Brown, Coach Nick Brown's wife, was diagnosed with breast cancer. The community rallied around them and continues to support others battling cancer. This annual game raises awareness and donates all of the funds to the American Cancer Society.

"Look at the community and look who's here. It has been growing every year and it means a lot to everyone. I'm proud of my wife, she did an amazing job," said Eagles Head Coach Nick Brown.

Both teams started off the game slow as their shots weren't falling and defense was the focus. The Eagles fell slightly behind in the first quarter as they entered the second quarter down 13-10. The second quarter was more of the same as both teams struggled to score, however, the Eagles finished with a deep three that tied the game at 22-22 going into halftime.

A completely different team walked onto the floor in the third quarter as the Eagles started off hot with an 11-2 run. With their shots falling and their defense staying tough, the Eagles blew out the Panthers in the third and secured a 48-31 lead. The fourth quarter was a closer matchup but Snohomish wasn't able to overcome the deficit as Arlington earned the victory, 65-44.

Andrew Hines

Eagles' senior Jaren Cary jumps through the lane as he scores on the layup over the Snohomish defender at Arlington High School on Jan. 16.

"We were really tight in the first half and we needed to step up in the right time. Hustle is everything, without energy you can't get anything done and I think we came out in the second half wanting to win," said Coach Brown.

The guard combo of Anthony Whitis and Jaren Cary led the Eagles from all over the court. Whitis had the game-high in points with 20 and filled the stat sheet with four assists, five rebounds, two blocks, two steals and three shots made from beyond the arc. Cary was right behind Whitis with 19 points and also contributed a team-high eight rebounds, two assists, one block, one steal and four threes made.

Caden Smith also played a big role off the bench as he went four-of-five from beyond the arc, totaling 12 points. He also added on three assists, two rebounds and a steal.

If you want to come out and support the Eagles, their next home game will be against the Stanwood Spartans on Friday, Jan. 26, at 7:15 p.m.

 

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