Arlington boys basketball hosted their first home game of the season against the Anacortes Seahawks on Nov. 30.
Arlington won the tip-off and then went on a 6-0 run to get out ahead of the Seahawks early. After establishing the lead, the game began to slow down as both teams began to elevate their defense and change the pace. After going back and forth through the rest of the quarter, the Eagles held a 15-8 lead. In the second quarter, Arlington hit a different gear as they began to score at will while maintaining their solid defense. The Eagles scored 20 points in the quarter and entered halftime up 35-18.
The Eagles continued to control the game on the defensive end as they only allowed eight points to the Seahawks in the third quarter. They increased their lead by scoring 12 points of their own as the score sat at 47-26 heading into the fourth. In the final quarter of the game, Anacortes finally opened up on the offensive end as they scored 16 points. However, it was too little, too late as Arlington secured the victory by a score of 63-42.
“The kids are working hard in practice and we’re just trying to figure a few things out right now. We are missing a few guys right now, Dele and Griffen, and we’re playing some young guys, but they’re doing a great job. We’re getting contributions from everyone and that’s going to be huge moving forward,” said Arlington Head Coach Nick Brown.
Arlington’s Anthony Whitis, senior point guard, took over the game from beginning to end. He scored a game-high in points with 26, which included three shots made from beyond the arc. Whitis also tallied seven assists and seven rebounds to help the Eagles secure the win.
The group of senior starters including Josh Gutierrez, Caden Smith and Max Smith contributed as well. Gutierrez used his length to lock down on defense and put up nine points. Caden contributed all over the floor as he scored five points, making one three-pointer, added on three assists and three steals. Max found space down low as he scored six points and grabbed three rebounds.
The Eagles’ starting junior center, Will Abram, used his size to dominate in the paint. Abram put up a double-double as he scored 10 points and grabbed 10 boards.
If you want to come out and root for the Eagles, their next home game will be against the Sedro-Woolley Cubs on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7:15 p.m.