Late effort helps Arlington pull out home win
ARLINGTON — Basketball can be a game where emotions run high, whether it be a call a player disagrees with or an over-celebration after a crucial play.
A Black River player found his emotions getting the best of him late in the third quarter, getting in the face of Arlington boys basketball guard Will Moore after a play where Moore drove to the basket for a lay-up, forcing the referee to call two technical fouls after the play.
Down nine points, Moore stepped to the line and split his free throws and then teammate Jack Lane knocked down both of his.
Arlington used that sequence of events as a jumping off point, as they came from behind to beat Black River 53-48 Tuesday in the Eagles' Nest.
Lane knocked down a 3 to cut the Presidents' lead to three at the end of three and battled hard to take the lead and finish the job in the fourth.
Something as small as a technical foul can make all the difference in a close game and Eagles coach Brian Lacoste was happy to see his team focus after that galvanizing moment.
"That's a teaching method. It could have happened to us just the same when emotions get the best of us," Lacoste said. "It was a big turning point emotion-wise and the defense stepped up big after that."
Tuesday night's win didn't come easy to Arlington as they constantly had to battle to edge ahead of Black River. The Presidents came out and played inspired basketball and forced a ton of turnovers by the Eagles early on. On the other end, Black River executed and held a two-point lead after one, led by seven points from senior Ryan Boyle.
The Presidents did the same thing throughout the third, where before the eventual technical call, had held Arlington to just four points through seven minutes of play.
For Arlington, strong efforts in the second and fourth quarters were what made the ultimate difference in the game.
"We kept battling back and had good composure down the stretch," Lacoste said. "We didn't give up and down the stretch we cut down on the turnovers. That was our main issue in the first half. We moved the ball a lot better in the second half and made some better decisions."
Lane, Arlington's leading scorer, was hampered by foul trouble during the middle portion of Tuesday's game, so other players were forced to step up with him off the floor.
The Eagles saw a great effort from their junior point guard Moore, who scored 15 points and did a nice job on the boards, and despite his smaller stature, pulled down five rebounds.
Taylor Therriault had 10 points as well, with some nice work on the boards keeping a ton of possessions alive.
A balanced attack will be crucial for Arlington if they want to have consistent success throughout the second half of the season.
"It doesn't have to be one guy scoring. It would be nice for somebody to put up 20 or 30 points, but that's not happening," Lacoste said. "We've been working on balanced scoring and moving the ball. Will Moore, that was probably the best game he's played so far. Hopefully, it's a confidence-booster going forward."
The Eagles improve to 4-5 with the win and play West Rutland on the road Friday.
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