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Carpenters big game sparks Eagles
ARLINGTON In a crucial game with district playoff implications for both teams, the Arlington Eagles took down the Everett Seagulls 67-64 on Jan. 22. The Eagles continued their strong play in the latter half of the season by defeating 3A rival Everett.
Leading the way was Cole Carpenter with 21 points. Carpenter has overcome nagging injuries this season and made his presence felt at the right time for the Eagles. The shooting guard put in seven fourth-quarter points to help the Eagles edge out the Seagulls.
We played terrible in the first half, said Coach Nick Brown following the game. We didnt share the ball like we needed to, took some ill-advised shots, and had poor ball movement. We consistently failed to locate their players on the defensive end.
At halftime the Eagles made adjustments. Everetts post play was hurting them inside so Arlington went to a gimmick defense to combat the interior play of the Seagulls.
We put Will Heath on their big man to confuse them. Will shut him down and held him to five second-half points, said Brown.
Trailing by six points late in the fourth quarter, Arlington began to pressure full court and forced some turnovers. A couple of important jumpshots by Cole Carpenter and a charge taken by Jerad Barber caused a momentum swing.
I got my jitters out against Snohomish, said Carpenter after returning from injury the previous game against the Panthers. Im pretty much up to par now.
Barber took the charge with 40 seconds remaining on a baseline drive by a Seagull guard. The play took place with Arlington clinging to a slim two point lead and effectively gave the Eagles the win.
I got in to be a defensive threat, said Barber. Our confidence is good now, were coming together as a team.
Eagle Scoring: Carpenter 21, Busby 10, Scarth 10, Larson 9, Heath 8, Richardson 7, Barber 2.