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Meadowdale overpowers Arlington
ARLINGTON The Arlington Eagle boys basketball team struggled with the Meadowdale Mavericks during their Nov. 29 meeting. Arlington got a good first half performance despite being undersized, but gave up too many offensive rebounds in the second half and wound up losing 72-48.
Arlington jumped on Meadowdale in the first quarter behind the play of guard Will Heath. Heath dished a heady assist from the high post down to Caleb Scarth for Arlingtons first score of the game. He then came up with a steal and Lucas Larson scored on the ensuing possession to lead 4-3. Larson followed with a deep three to extend the lead. Cole Carpenter delivered his first points with a winding baseline drive for a score and Tyler Busby banged in a three as Arlington extended their early advantage to 13-7. Busby hit from the corner again on an assist by Lucas Larson as Arlington was up 21-15. But the Eagles started to cool off as the quarter came to a close and Meadowdale clawed back to within 21-19.
A hustling Busby continued to make plays for Arlington as he started the second quarter with an impressive save on a ball going out of bounds. Busby jumped over the end line and chucked the ball back to Carpenter under the hoop who laid the ball in. Arlington began to show signs of struggling on the boards as Meadowdale converted a lot of missed shots into offensive rebounds and easy baskets. An A.J. Richardson three-pointer made the score 26-26 but the size advantage allowed Meadowdale to go on a 8-0 run. Richardson drained another three to stop the bleeding but Meadowdale had seized the advantage before halftime leading 36-31.
In the second half Meadowdale continued to pound the boards on both ends and Arlingtons long range shooting dried up. Shots that were tickling twine in the first half clanged off the iron and into the hands of the Mavericks. In the third quarter Meadowdale put a sizeable gap between themselves and Arlington and maintained it going into the fourth. Arlingtons last good run came when they closed the gap to 35-43 on an up-and-under move from Richardson. From that point on the Mavericks extended their lead and won 72-48.
Coach Nick Brown was disappointed by the opening loss.
I saw some streaks of pretty good stuff, said the coach, We struggled with their height and their athleticism. In the second half they got more than their fair share of offensive rebounds.
Based on the opening game of the season it is apparent that Arlington has their work cut out for them this year. They will need a lot of rebounding help from their guards aiding the forwards in order to compete in a league full of tall teams.
We have to work on boxing out a lot more, said Brown, we have to sustain the box outs.
Arlingtons next game is Dec. 8 against Mount Vernon.