ARLINGTON — The Arlington boys basketball season met its end Feb. 18 grinding it out with Edmonds-Woodway in a winner-to-state district game.
The fourth-seeded Eagles met the third-seeded Warriors in the consolation game after Arlington beat Meadowdale Feb. 15 in the loser-out bracket.
Arlington came out “a little flat” behind three points in the first quarter, but the Eagles heated up outscoring the Warriors 23-7 in the next quarter.
But after halftime, E-W made adjustments to its defense and stifled Arlington to an eventual 39-39 tie.
“After halftime [E-W] turned up the pressure a little bit,” Arlington coach Nick Brown said. “We couldn’t quite get it back in the third quarter.”
During a back-and-forth final quarter, E-W claimed a 55-54 lead, in which six free throws made the difference to win the game 59-58 in the final minute.
“I don’t feel we played really well,” Brown said. “We played well for a while but not a great complete game, and that hurt us.”
Senior Drew Bryson led the Eagles with a game-high 29 points, sinking five 3-pointers. Bryson, along with Arlington’s other starting senior Sam Tregoning, will be a tough loss for Arlington next year, Brown said.
“We don’t want to lose them,” Brown said. “They’ve given us a lot. We’re excited about the talent that we have, but right now we’re kind of sad on how it ended.”
Arlington ended its season 12-11 overall.
“It was a really good year for us,” Brown said. ”I’m proud, but we didn’t want it to stop.”