ARLINGTON — The Arlington High School boys basketball team's season came to a disappointing end on Friday, Feb. 28, when they fell to Kentridge, 65-61, in the 4A Regionals.
The No. 1 team of the 4A South faced off against the No. 1 team of the SPSL South at Kent-Meridian High School.
"I'm real proud of my boys," Arlington head coach Nick Brown said.
Arlington played hard, but lost the game, sending Kentridge to State.
"They played their tails off and tried their best," Brown said. "We showed that we belonged there. These kids deserved to be in Tacoma."
Many Arlington supporters made the 60-mile trip to Kent, to cheer on the Eagles.
"Everyone came out to support us in force," Brown said. "It was a fun environment and atmosphere. I just wish we came up on top."
Along with their fans, the Eagles were supported by their band, cheerleaders and the Lady Eagles basketball team during the game.
Despite Arlington leading the second and third quarters of the game, Kentridge heated up in the fourth quarter, hitting for 24 points, bringing the Eagles' hopes of competing in Tacoma to a close.
"My hat is off to Kentridge," Brown said. "They are an amazing team."
Arlington's top scorer was senior guard Brady Brummel, who hit for 23 points, leading both teams in scoring. Brummel also made three 3-point goals in the game.
Though Brummel held the game-high score, two of Kentridge's top scorers both hit 17 points apiece.
Both teams showed they could hit from behind the line. Arlington and Kentridge both hit five 3-pointers each in the game.
It was back-and-forth scoring throughout the game, with both teams trading small leads in scoring.
The game proved to be tight from the very start.
In the first quarter, Kentridge bested Arlington by one point, leading 15-14 going into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, the Eagles took a slightly larger lead, ending the first half 30-27.
After halftime, the Eagles were able to hold their marginal lead in the third quarter. It looked like the Eagles could pull off a tight win if they kept their rhythm going into the fourth quarter, leading 47-41.
Unfortunately for Arlington, Kentridge scored 24 points to the Eagles' 14 points, ending their season.