The Arlington boys basketball team held their 10th annual Coaches vs. Cancer game as they took on the Shorewood Thunderbirds, on Jan. 10.
The Coaches vs. Cancer game is an annual event that the Arlington Eagles put on to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. They recognize the people in the community fighting the disease and make every effort to bring the community together for an important cause.
“This game is awesome every year. There is nothing like it and it is so much more than just a game for us. It means the world to be able to support those who need it and show the love that our community has,” said Arlington Head Coach Nick Brown.
The Eagles and the Thunderbirds came out pushing the pace on both ends of the court, as they traded buckets back and forth. Neither team was able to create much of a lead, until Arlington went on a 5-2 run to close out the quarter and enter the second up 20-17. The rest of the half was a completely different story as the Eagles rode their momentum into another run, 10-3, before the Thunderbirds called their first timeout. Arlington locked down on the defensive end and seemed like they couldn’t miss as they outscored their opponent 9-5 the rest of the way and entered halftime leading 39-25.
Shorewood refused to lay down coming out of the half and showed it by going on a 6-2 run before Arlington called their first timeout of the game. After gathering themselves in the break, the Eagles came out and answered with an 8-2 run to grow their lead once again, 49-33, halfway through the third quarter. Through the rest of the quarter the Thunderbirds tried to close the gap but failed to do so, entering the final quarter down 56-42. In the final quarter Shorewood tried to keep the pace high to give themselves a chance, but Arlington continued to hit their shots and never let go of their double-digit lead as they won 78-63.
“We have to talk on defense, get a stop on defense and just play better than that overall. I think our chemistry gave us the difference in this game, but we have to play better all the way through,” said Coach Brown.
Arlington was led by their high-scoring duo of Ethan Martin and Joseph Schmidt. Martin, sophomore guard, led the game with 23 points, one three-pointer, seven assists, two rebounds and two steals. Schmidt, senior wing, finished as the second leading scorer with 18 points, two three-pointers, one rebound and one steal.
The Eagles showed off their depth as they had good performances from Ryan Brown, Will Abram, Cade Younger, Nick Lewis and Luke Brown. Ryan, senior wing, hit two shots from beyond the arc with eight points and an assist. Abram, senior center, altered a lot of shots with his height and put up six points, two rebounds, one assist and two blocks. Younger, senior guard, came off the bench to hit two threes for six points. Lewis, senior wing, played a good all-around game in the post with five points, four rebounds and an assist. Luke, sophomore guard, filled his stat sheet with one three-pointer, two rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Eagles have four home games left this season, and your next chance to attend one will be against the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7:15 p.m.