Eagles hold down the fort against West Rutland

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ARLINGTON — Last time the Arlington boys basketball team played West Rutland, the Eagles blew a double-digit lead and lost to the Golden Horde in double overtime. This time around, the Eagles made sure there would be no comeback of the sort as they defeated West Rutland, 40-26, to snap a two-game losing streak.

Tied 6-6 early on in the first period, Darren Golden and Jared Lacoste both knocked in three-point shots to help the Eagles take a 14-8 lead going into the second quarter.

Defense was the key word the Eagles in the second quarter as Arlington held West Rutland two points for the rest of the first half.

During the time, Arlington started extending its lead by dominating the paint, feeding the ball inside to its two big men, Keyshawn King and Jacob Smith.

King and Smith combined for 14 points in the first half to help Arlington take a 24-10 lead into the break.

The Eagles scored 14 of its 24 first half points in the paint.

Arlington continued its defensive dominance in the third quarter, holding West Rutland scoreless in the quarter.

There was only six points scored in the third quarter, all scored by Arlington senior Alex Paustian.

Paustian scored all nine of his points in the second half.

Overall, Arlington went on a 18-2 run heading into the fourth quarter to grab a 32-10 lead.

With a 22-point lead in hand, it looked like Arlington had the game all sealed up, but West Rutland made things interesting by going on a 12-2 run to begin the fourth quarter to cut Eagles' lead to 12.

Looking like deja vu all over again from the first meeting, Arlington this time around made sure the Golden Horde didn't get any closer and closed out the game with good shooting from the free-throw line to win its 13th game of the season.

King finished with a game-high 10 points in the win for Arlington.

Golden added seven points in the win, while Lacoste and Smith both finished with six on the night for Arlington.

With the win, Arlington improves to 13-5 on the season.

The Eagles will next play host to Twin Valley on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Reach sports editor Steven Bassin at 802-447-7567 ext 112 or @SBassin_Banner


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