The Arlington boys basketball hosted the Oak Harbor Wildcats for their final home game of the regular season on Jan. 30.
It was a back-and-forth battle in the first quarter as the Eagles managed to get hot from deep, while the Wildcats made their way inside and drew fouls. The lead changed hands multiple times throughout the quarter, but Arlington managed to gain a slight edge with an 18-14 lead going into the second. At the beginning of the quarter Oak Harbor went on a 10-5 run and stole the lead back with a score of 24-23, however, Arlington answered back quickly with an 11-0 run of their own and went into the half up 34-24.
In the second half the Eagles came out firing on all cylinders, as they dominated on both ends of the court, while the Wildcats struggled to find the bottom of the net. Arlington extended their lead with a 23-10 third quarter which led them into the fourth up 57-34. Through the rest of the game the Eagles went through their entire roster with substitutions and coasted to a 79-54 victory.
“We played better defense and shared the ball better in the second half. We were playing a little bit selfish early on and when we got back to how we’re supposed to play it all took care of itself. I’m proud of my boys and their putting it together at the right time,” said Arlington Head Coach Nick Brown.
Arlington’s freshman guard Ethan Martin had a huge breakout game against the Wildcats as he earned game-highs in both points and three-pointers made. Martin finished with 21 points, five three-pointers, three assists, three rebounds and two steals.
The Eagles’ platoon of seniors including Josh Gutierrez, Griffin Gardoski, Max Smith and Anthony Whitis all had a big part in the dominant win. Gutierrez scored the second-most on the team with 15 points to go along with three three-pointers, three assists, two rebounds and three steals. Gardoski filled the stat sheet and put together a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, one three-pointer, three assists, one block and one steal. Smith scored in double-digits with 10 points as well as four rebounds and one block. Whitis had an off-day with scoring as he only put up six points but made up for it with a game-high seven assists and three rebounds.
Will Abram, Arlington’s junior 6’9” center, used his size down low to contribute to the Eagles with eight points and five rebounds.
If you want to support the Eagles their next home game will be on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. as they will host the first round of the 3A District Boys Basketball Tournament.