Arlington edges Black River by one

BENNINGTON — After Black River's Drew Schoenberger split a pair of free throws to tie up the game with seven seconds to play against the Arlington boys basketball team, the Eagles knew they controlled their destiny in their own hands.

Arlington inbounded the ball to Keyshawn King and Eagles coach Ashley Hoyt got on her feet to implore her senior leader to rush the ball up the court.

King took her advice and trucked down the court with all of his energy, flanked by Presidents defenders along the way. He went up for a lay-up and was fouled with 0.7 seconds to play.

King then goes to the line for one the most crucial free throws of the season. He took a deep breathe and let the first shot go.

Through the net it went and with it, clinched a 53-52 nail-biting win for the Eagles over Black River at Mount Anthony Union.

Hoyt was happy with the result, but knew her team could have played a better game Monday.

"They showed a good will to win when it was towards the end, but I think our effort was a little weak tonight and I don't think we played to our potential which is a little bit hard for me," Hoyt said. "I was happy for them. They got a win. They willed it out and they deserve credit."

Arlington was paced by a balanced scoring attack Monday.

Bailey Cross led the way with 19 points. Jack Lane added 15, while Keyshawn King scored 10 points.

"We usually have a pretty consistent four guys get around 10 points," Hoyt said. "That's kind of what we strive for. Another night someone might go for 20. We're pretty balanced. We have a lot of people who can score for us."

Cross, in particular, had an impressive game. On top of his scoring prowess, he had a major role on the defensive end too. Hoyt trusted him with guarding Black River's top player in Schoenberger and she thought he did a good job.

"He's one of our most athletic defenders. He did a great job on (Drew)," Hoyt said. "Drew's a very good player. Bailey is a tempo player, so if he's playing well he's going to knock down shots. He does a lot for us."

The Eagles had a lot of success from three-point range Monday night. As a team, they knocked down eight shots from behind the arc.

Schoenberger led the Presidents with 24 points on the night. He was held in check in the first and third quarters, but in the second and fourth he poured in most his points. He scored 19 of his 24 in those two quarters.

Junior Ryan Boyle had a strong game as well, with 13 points.

The win moves Arlington to 9-5 on the season, while Black River drops to 3-10. The Eagles have won six out of their last seven games.

Arlington is back in action Wednesday on the road against Proctor.

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