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Arlington trumps Stanwood in overtime
Adding to the already impressive success of Arlington High School over their archrival Stanwood this year, the Eagles boys basketball team took down the Spartans 70-68 in an overtime thriller Jan. 25. Arlington played some of its finest basketball of the season, coming through in the clutch to sneak out of Stanwood with the win.
The game came down to the quickness of Arlington on the perimeter versus the size of the Spartans inside. The Eagles guards managed to control the tempo of the game, led by the effort of Cole Carpenter, pushing the ball on Stanwood all night. Carpenter tallied a game high 20 points, including several key buckets in the second half and overtime to give Arlington the win. The game was close the entire way, but at halftime the Eagles trailed 34-28.
In the third quarter, Carpenter and forward Tyler Busby hit back-to-back 3-pointers to retake the lead 39-38 for Arlington. Carpenter followed with a pull-up jumper from the left side of the floor for a 41-38 advantage. The Arlington bench erupted as theyd seized control of the momentum.
To their credit, the Spartans did not lay down and die. They battled back and at the end of three quarters had tied the score 52-52. Busby opened the fourth with another 3-pointer for the Eagles, but the Stanwood size inside continually created second shot opportunities and effectively kept them in the game.
With four minutes to play in regulation Busby fed a backdoor cutting Will Heath for a layup to tie the score again 57-57. Caleb Scarth then retrieved an offensive rebound on the Eagles next possession and made a short jumpshot for a 59-57 lead. Stanwood came back with four straight points before Carpenter got out on the break and finished a layup in traffic to tie the game 61-61. The Spartans again took the lead 63-61 off a putback and Arlington turned the ball over on their next possession.
With just over a minute to play Arlington fouled a Stanwood guard, putting him on the free throw line to shoot one-and-one. He missed the first shot and Carpenter brought the ball down on a fast break for a lefty scoop shot to tie the game 63-63. Stanwood had the ball with time running down but could not find the hoop to win in regulation. Arlington celebrated their defensive stand that forced overtime.
In the overtime Heath grabbed an offensive rebound with the score tied at 65-65. A Stanwood post player fell on him and Heath hit two free throws to pull Arlington ahead 67-65 with 57 seconds remaining. Stanwood then tied the game up on a short jump shot.
With time ticking away Lucas Larson made a play on offense to win the game. The shifty Larson faked a hand-off on the wing to Carpenter and then drove past two surprised Spartan guards. He finished high off the glass, getting fouled in the process to give Arlington a 69-67 lead. Larsons free throw made it 70-67. After Stanwood made one free throw Arlington could not clinch the game. The Eagles turned the ball over on an inbounds play, giving the Spartans one last shot down two points. The Spartans worked the ball around the perimeter but could not find the right shot, they settled for a leaning jumper with seconds remaining. The rebound got batted around by both teams as time expired.
The Eagles celebrated wildly at midcourt after successfully upseting their bitter rivals on their home court. Afterward the players talked about Coach Nick Brown giving them advice before the game.
We played family basketball, said Carpenter following his big night. Coach showed us some old films of Sehome when they were undefeated. They played as a team, nobody worried about individual stuff.
The game film worked as his players looked as cohesive as they have all year.
When the game went to overtime, said Brown, I just told my players to breathe, relax, go to their happy place. It sounds crazy but it works. All the guys made big plays when they had to.
Box Score: Arlington 70 Stanwood 68
Eagles scoring: Carpenter 20, Busby 17, Scarth 12, Larson 11, Heath 10.