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Arlington seventh-graders clobber Shorecrest
ARLINGTON In a contest at Haller Middle School, the Arlington Wesco Youth League seventh-graders used their relentless pressure defense to beat Shorecrest 68-40.
The Feb. 9 game wasnt close from the beginning and Arlington continued to impose their will upon the visiting Scots by trapping them full court and forcing the tempo of the game.
Arlington led 19-6 after one quarter and kept increasing that lead in the second. Brandon Kennedy picked up a steal and fed Terry Dawn for a layup to make it 21-6. On the next Arlington possession, Skyler Elgarico snuck an inbounds pass into Dawn for another bucket.
Dan Boyden began to assert himself on the offensive end, turning over his right shoulder for a sky-hook to increase the Eagles lead. Arlington got a free throw line bank shot by Elgarico to edge out to 27-9 in front.
Shorecrest struggled to break Arlingtons full-court pressure and the lead stayed large throughout the quarter. Zach Kurtz scored on several breakaway layups, assisted by Kennedy and Adam Langshoen, as the Eagles led 38-23 at halftime.
The second half was more of a coronation than a contest as the Arlington team made one impressive play after another. Cory Haas got into the act, showcasing a nice midrange game on several pull up jump shots. Kennedy drilled a 3-pointer to make the score 58-35 in favor of the Eagles. Boyden found Kurtz at the rim several times on high-low entry passes for more easy baskets.
The win came on the heels of Arlingtons fantastic finish at the Martin Luther King Jr. Classic held in Seattle. The Arlington team finished second out of a huge field of all-star teams from around the state and region. Arlington beat teams from Ballard, Yakim, and Seattle on their way to a silver medal finish.
I continue to be amazed when the kids beat teams that are made up from the best players in Seattle, Tacoma, or Portland, said Coach Guy Kennedy.