The Arlington boys basketball team looked to ride their two-game win streak into another victory as they faced the Snohomish Panthers on Feb. 7.
The Eagles started out slow on both ends and made a few errors, but still managed to establish an 8-3 lead halfway through the opening quarter. Arlington struggled to shoot from the outside and relied on their inside game in order to hold on to their lead, 13-10, heading into the second. With a few rotations Snohomish began to find some success from the midrange and in as they worked to slow down the Eagles. With 2:17 left in the half, the Panthers established their first lead of the game as they were on top 23-22. Unfortunately for Snohomish it was short lived as Arlington came back on a 10-0 run to enter halftime up 32-23.
Coming into the second half it looked like the Panthers were putting the pieces together to come back as they went on a 4-0 run to bring them back within five, 32-27. After slipping through the first few minutes Arlington turned it on as they pulled back to a double-digit lead, 43-31, and forced Snohomish to call their first time out. Through the last three minutes of the third quarter and the entirety of the fourth, the Eagles took control and never allowed the lead to drop below double digits. In the end Arlington took the victory in commanding fashion with a final score of 66-48.
“When we shoot well we obviously play better, but we just weren’t able to get them to fall tonight. We didn’t have our usual scoring from a couple of guys but everyone else stepped up to get the win,” said Arlington Head Coach Nick Brown.
Arlington had huge play inside and outside from Ethan Martin, Will Abram, Quintin Yon-Wagner and Joseph Schmidt. The Eagles’ sophomore guard, Martin, has had a great year and showed up once again with 20 points, two three-pointers, four assists, six rebounds and a steal. Abram, senior center, was a defensive presence with his 6’10” frame as he earned three blocks, two rebounds and put up nine points with three dunks. Yon-Wagner, sophomore power forward, came off the bench and utilized his strength to score nine points and grab a team-high seven rebounds. Schmidt, senior forward, had a down night scoring for his standards but still managed to fill the stat sheet with eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Ryan Brown and Luke Brown were key pieces that filled their roles and made key plays when they were called upon. Ryan, senior forward, was a huge spark off the bench with four points, four rebounds, four assists and showed off his athleticism with a fastbreak dunk. Luke, sophomore guard, came in and out of the game but took advantage of his limited minutes with five points, four rebounds and a steal.
When asked about their recent win-streak, Coach Brown said, “All of us were expecting us to play like this for most of the year. Right now, it just feels like we’re finally playing how we’re supposed to be playing.”
The Eagles' regular season is over, but they will be looking to make a run in the postseason as they enter the District One 3A Boys Basketball Tournament held from Feb. 13–22.