Arlington boys hold off Edmonds-Woodway in 64-60 nail-biter

Four Eagles finished in double figures, led by Anthony Whitis’ 16 points.

EDMONDS — Nick Brown quickly and confidently responded when asked the difference between an Arlington win or loss on the road against Edmonds-Woodway Tuesday night.

“Time,” said the Eagles coach. “The clock ran out for us at the right time.”

In the type of contest Brown billed a “slinky game” for it’s back-and-forth nature, Arlington braved the Warriors’ patent high-intensity defense and scored an exhausting 64-60 Wesco 3A win over Edmonds-Woodway.

Four Eagles (9-4, 3-1 Wesco 3A) finished in double figures. Anthony Whitis recorded 16 points, Dele Aribibola and Jaren Cary scored 13 points apiece and Josh Gutierrez chipped in 11.

“Down the stretch we made a run and then they made a run,” Brown said. “I’m just really proud of our guys that they withstood the storm. Our guys looked gassed, and I think their guys were, too. It was a fun game to be a part of and a good battle to be in.”

Aribibola’s six early points helped Arlington build a 17-16 first-quarter lead, but key for the Eagles, Brown said, was their ability to adjust to Edmonds-Woodway’s pressure defense. In the second half, Arlington moved the ball better, began attacking the rim and as a result got quality looks.

Arlington shot 60 percent (24-of-40) from the field, while Edmonds-Woodway converted just 35 percent (11-for-31) of its attempts.

Arlington led 45-41 entering the fourth quarter, and a powerful dunk from 6-foot-9 sophomore post Will Abram turned the game’s momentum in the Eagles’ favor.

“Will Abram’s dunk really gave us a boost,” Brown said. “We got a couple of 3s from Gutierrez. Anthony hit some big free throws. (Edmonds-Woodway) is a great team and played a great game. It was a nail bitter.”

Free throws in the final moments allowed the Eagles to hold on and bounce back from a loss to Mountlake Terrace last Friday.

The Warriors were led by Michael Epoch’s 14 points. Mutdung Bol added 12 points to go with a team-high seven rebounds and four assists, and Noah Becker added 11 points.

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