The Edmonds-Woodway boys basketball team came into Saturday’s District semifinal game hoping to prove that they belonged in the same conversation as Arlington about who was the second-best team in Wesco. For the first half of the game, the Warriors did just that. In the second half, however, Arlington’s depth took over and the Eagles pulled away for a 63-50 victory.
Arlington would make seven three-pointers on the night, while the Warriors missed all 10 of their attempts from outside the arc, many of them tightly contested. Arlington advances to face Jackson next Saturday, while E-W moves into the losers bracket, returning home to host Cascade this Tuesday night.
The first quarter saw the Warriors’ Travis Bakken take control inside, scoring six points, offsetting the Eagles’ Brady Brummel’s five as E-W hung tough with Arlington on the way to an 11-9 lead.
In the second quarter, a combination of good defense and poor shooting on both sides continued to limit the scoring. A last-second basket by Arlington’s Donavan Sellgren sent the Eagles to the locker room nursing a two point lead, 22-20. Sellgren led the Eagles with 9 first-half points. Bakken was high man for the Warriors with 12.
The second half started with Tate Budnick converting a steal into a lay-in, quickly knotting the game at 22. Arlington would score the next seven points, jumping to a 29-22 lead on a 3-pointer from Gavin Smoke and a banker from Nate Lewis, with Brummel finishing it off knifing through the lane for a basket. E-W refused to go away as the teams began to trade baskets, with the Warriors gradually closing the gap to four at 33-29. That would be as close as Edmonds-Woodway would get as Arlington finished out the quarter on a 10-4 run, taking a 43-35 lead into the fourth quarter. Trey Holland and Bakken each had five for the Warriors, while the Eagles spread their scoring among seven players.
Kaleb Bryson started the fourth with a 3-pointer for the Eagles, increasing the lead to 11. Jason Smarr made four consecutive three throws, narrowing the lead to seven, but Bryson and Smoke hit back-to-back threes for Arlington, stretching the lead back to 13. That would end up being the final margin of victory as the Warriors never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.
Bakken led the Warriors in scoring with 17 and Smarr added 10, seven below his season average. Budnick and Holland each had seven. Arlington was led by Bryson and Sellgren with 12 and 14 respectively. Noah Jones and Nathan Aune had nine for the Eagles.
he Warriors still have a good shot at advancing to the state 4A boys basketball tournament, but it will require three straight wins starting with Tuesday’s match against Cascade. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at EWHS.
Warrior scoring: Holland 7, Edwards 2, Budnick 7, Sherrill 2, Lebesis 5, Smarr 10, Bakken 17, Okereke
— By Jeff Smarr