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Arlington Wizards win holiday tournament
The Arlington Wizards seventh grade basketball team won the inaugural Arlington holiday tournament.
The proceeds form the one-day tournament, sponsored by the Arlington AAU program, were donated to Karl Bielser. Bielsler is a former Wizard team member and is currently waiting for a heart transplant.
Arlington defeated the Bellingham Regulators 57-52 in the championship game. Bo Brummel led the Wizards with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Max Bryson also poured in 16 points. Conner Davis had 10 points, including two 3-pointers in the second half when the Wizards overcame a 10-point deficit.
Blake McPherson added 10 points and nine assists for the Wizards.
The Wizards won three games to earn a spot in the championship game. They opened the tourney with a 68-34 win over the Lake Stevens Magic.
McPherson led the Wizards with 29 points. Dylan Petit had 13 points and five rebounds, Bryson contributed 10 points and seven rebounds, Brummel pulled down 20 rebounds and six assists.
Adam Raehl was another defensive leader with 10 rebounds.
In their second game, the Wizards came from behind and overcame an injury to Brummel to defeat Stanwood 62-40.
The leading scorer was A.J. Passalacqua with 15 points and six rebounds.
McPherson dropped in 14 points with three 3-pointers and eight assists. Davis added 11 points and six rebounds.
The Wizards smashed Mt. Vernon 73-22 in the semi-final game to advance to the championship. Arlington showed their strength as they won with only six players due to injury and illness.
McPherson paved the way with 24 points and seven steals. Bryson dropped in 22 points, seven steals and six rebounds.
Dylan Pettit tallied 10 points and pulled down five rebounds. Adam Roehl and Passalacqua each had nine rebounds and Davis registered nine points.
Wayne McPherson is the head coach of the champion Wizards.