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Eagles top Marysville-Pilchuck, 68-42
ARLINGTON — It was a clash of rivals as two local high schools faced off in their season opener. The Eagles boys basketball team claimed their first win of the season by topping the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks in a decisive 68-42 victory.
Ending their previous season on a high note by competing in the state tournament, the Eagles picked up where they left off by defeating their less-experienced rival.
One of Arlington’s returning seniors is point guard Noah Jones, who totaled 13 points that night. “I just kept working to get to the free-throw line,” Jones said. “I decided to go with that, and get my guys some open shots and be successful.”
It wasn’t a fast start for the Eagles, however, as they found themselves trailing the Tomahawks in the first quarter and the beginning of the second by three points.
Despite their slow start, the Eagles rallied thanks to precise shooting behind the three-point line in the remainder of the second quarter. The Eagles were leading at half time 31-19.
“In the first half we didn’t play very well,” Arlington Head Coach Joe Marsh said. “In the second half, we did the things we wanted to do.”
Throughout the game the Eagles demonstrated command on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
“I think our energy was real good,” Marsh said.
The Eagles proved to be versatile on both sides of the court.
“I think what worked for us was our transitioning, from getting up and down the floor,” Marsh said. “I thought our defense was good tonight.”
In the second half, the Eagles further showcased their offensive capabilities by hitting more three-pointers, extending their lead over the Tomahawks.
The Eagles opened their passing game in the second half, allowing for more scoring opportunities.
“We started sharing the ball more in the second half,” Marsh said. “We got good passes.”
The Eagles scored 12 more points, but allowed the Tomahawks to score 9 in the third period. Due to turnovers, the Eagles were not able to outscore their opponents. The Eagles still led in the third quarter, with the score at 43-28.
As the Eagles’ ball handling and passing improved, so did their scoring. The Eagles continued their lead by scoring 25 more points and only allowing 14 points from M-P.
Marsh credited the Eagles’ preparation in their first game of the season. “They’re [M-P] a much improved team from last year,” Marsh said. “We knew we had a battle ahead of us.”
Marsh only had positive things to say about M-P’s team. “Coach Bary Gould has done a good job with them,” Marsh said.
Arlington’s next game will be Dec. 10, at Stanwood High School, starting at 7:15 p.m.
To keep up with Arlington’s basketball season and other Wesco sports visit www.wescoathletics.com for schedules, rosters and stats.