The Warriors boys basketball team rallied from 18 down in the 3rd quarter to get within seven points, but ultimately came up short, falling 63-53 to Arlington Thursday. The Eagles stayed perfect in conference play this season by forcing Edmonds-Woodway into 18 turnovers and outrebounding the home team.
Arlington has relied on a balanced scoring attack all season with four players averaging double digits. They also were among the leaders in 3-point shooting and Warrior coach Steve Call started the game in a “man” defense for the first time this year. The Eagles raced out to an early 13-4 lead, mostly on points from Brady Brummel. Jason Smarr got things started for E-W, scoring 6 straight points to narrow the gap to 3, the final basket coming after Brummel ran into the scorers table when saving the ball, giving Smarr a dunk and forcing Brummel briefly to the bench after aggravating his right shoulder. The Eagles didn’t appear to miss him as they finished the quarter on a 7-2 run, giving the Eagles the lead, 19-12.
The lead would stay at 7 for some time, as the teams traded several baskets with post Travis Bakken beginning to help Smarr on the offensive end. Also getting involved was Arlington’s post Noah Jones, who scored nine in the quarter, including a runner as time expired in the half, sending the teams to the locker rooms with Arlington leading by eight, 25-33.
The first 3 minutes of the third period saw Bakken continue to be effective. Unfortunately Jones stayed hot as well, scoring bucket after bucket. And even when he missed, either Jones or a teammate was there for second-chance points. After outscoring the Warriors 17-9 in the frame, Arlington ended the period up by 16, 52-36 with Kelvin Dankwa scoring the last two Warrior baskets.
Edmonds-Woodway started the fourth apparently determined to make a game of it. The Warriors created multiple turnovers of their own. Following another banker by Bakken, the gap was down to 10 with just under three minutes left. The Warriors got as close as seven at the 1:45 mark. The Warriors began to foul, sending Arlington to the free-throw line and the Eagles made only 6 of the 12 free-throws. But the Warriors’ shots stopped dropping. leading to the eventual final margin. Edmonds-Woodway was effective in holding the Eagles to only five 3-pointers, but that led to Arlington controlling the boards.
Jones led all scorers with 23. Kaleb Bryson added 13 and Brummel finished with 10. Smarr led the Warriors with 19, although only four came after the break. Bakken was next with 15, 11 of them coming in the second half. The Warriors are now 3-2 in conference play. Following Saturday’s make-up game with Mariner, E-W plays 3 more game next week, also against the North, starting with a trip to Snohomish on Tuesday.
Edmonds-Woodway scoring: Trey Holland 0, Kelvin Dankwa 2, Jordan Rice 0, Brady Edwards 4, Tate Budnick 5, Ibro Polovina 0, Antonio Sherrill 2, Theo Lebesis 6, Jason Smarr 19, Travis Bakken 15, Chukwuma Okereke 0. 3-point goals—Kaleb Bryson 2, Gavin Smoke 1, Shawn Adams 1, Noah Jones 1, Tate Budnick 1, Jason Smarr 1.
Record: Arlington is 6-0 in league, 10-1 overall. Edmonds-Woodway is 3-2, 4-6.
— By Jeff Smarr