The Arlington boys basketball team welcomed the Sehome Mariners to their home floor for their first game of the season on Dec. 4.
Both teams came out playing with high energy as they pushed the pace and played physical on the defensive end. The Eagles and the Mariners traded baskets on their way to a 19-19 score at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was more of the same as both teams started to settle down on defense but still found holes to keep it close. With a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the half, Arlington took the slight 33-31 lead at halftime.
In the second half the Eagles hit a different gear as they came out on a 9-2 run and didn’t slow down. Arlington’s defense stepped up to hold the Mariners to only 10 points in the third quarter while putting together their highest scoring output of 22 points. The Eagles entered the fourth quarter with a lead of 55-41 as they looked to play smart and limit their turnovers. In the final quarter, Sehome managed to outscore Arlington 17-13 but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles took the win 68-58.
“We've got a lot to work on. We had some guys who played well, but we've got to do a better job than that moving forward. The team responded well to adjustments we made at halftime, so it was good to see them be able to execute that. Right now, I’m just trying to see who I can count on and who’s going to be making plays,” said Arlington Head Coach Nick Brown.
The Eagles were led in the scoring column by Ethan Martin, Joseph Schmidt and Ryan Brown. Martin, sophomore guard, had the game-high in points with 20, six rebounds, three assists and one steal. He also had three three-pointers made, including two buzzer beaters to end the first half and third quarter. Schmidt, senior forward, put up 14 points, one three-pointer, three rebounds and two assists. Brown, senior forward, led all shooters wit four three-pointers made, 14 points, three rebounds and three assists.
A few key contributors behind the leading trio were Quintin Yon-Wagner, Luke Brown and Nick Lewis. Yon-Wagner, sophomore center, scored eight points on four-for-four shooting, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Brown, sophomore guard, came off the bench to score four points, one rebound, three assists and one steal. Lewis, senior forward, only scored one point off the bench but grabbed one rebound, one steal and tallied the only block for the Eagles.
Your next chance to come out and root for the Eagles will be at home against the Monroe Bearcats on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:15 p.m.