Arlington boys hoopsters top Marysville-Pilchuck

Dom Kiblinger directs traffic while bringing the ball up. - Travis Sherer
Dom Kiblinger directs traffic while bringing the ball up.
— image credit: Travis Sherer

ARLINGTON — The Eagles officially became the masters of their destiny.

A 57-47 win over rival Marysville-Pilchuck Jan. 29 gave the Eagles a strangle hold on the fifth and final playoff berth coming out of the Wesco North. The fifth seed plays the fourth-place team out of the South division.

“We had been practicing all year knowing that this one was on the schedule,” said Arlington senior Andy Smith. “We knew that this one was going to go a long way in determining what we could do this season and it was so nice to get this one back.”

In an earlier conference match this season, the Eagles were shocked by the Tomahawks’ 60-51, come-back victory.

“I was proud of the way we played tonight because everyone chipped in,” said Arlington coach Nick Brown. “Our defense was exceptional — we felt pretty good holding them to less than 50 points.”

Arlington broke out a full-court pressure in the second quarter to maintain it’s 19-11 first-quarter advantage. The pressure succeeded in forcing turnovers, creating a pace suitable for offensive improvisation and keeping the ball away from Marysville’s sensational sophomore Ryan Shannon, who had scored 15 or more points in each of his last three games.

“We just wanted to stop Shannon,” Brown said. “We really respect his game and know how much he can hurt you.”

Shannon led all M-P scorers with 11 points, along with Brandon Emch and Dom Kiblinger’s 10 a piece.

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