Lane's hot shooting leads to opening win

ARLINGTON — There were some first-game jitters for the Arlington boys basketball team as they opened the season against rival Proctor, but things turned around with the presence of a senior leader.

Junior Jack Lane scored 22 points on six 3-pointers to lead all scorers, helping the Eagles pull out a 44-36 win at the Eagles' Nest.

"My teammates have the confidence in me and they wanted to get me the ball," Lane said. "They got me open with screens and I was taking the open shots I had."

Arlington led by eight with 3:13 left in the fourth before Proctor's Joe Valerio drilled a three to pull the Phantoms within five at 34-29. Valerio hit another three a few seconds later to cut the lead to two, but Arlington fended off the challenge.

On the next possession, Chase Hoyt buried a triple, one of eight overall for the Eagles, to get the lead back to five with 2:17 left.

After that, free throws determined the outcome. Valerio hit a pair to make it 37-34, but Arlington hit 4-of-8 from the line as Proctor tried to extend the game by fouling.

Connor McKearin hit a two with 14 seconds left, but Lane's final two points from the line sealed it.

The victory was the first for coach Ashley Hoyt as a varsity coach.

Proctor blitzed Arlington in the first few minutes as they were able to work through some early sloppiness. After one sequence where Arlington had four chances to score on one possession, Proctor's Jake Bartlett came back down on the other end with a long three and seconds later, got the ball back and hit on a layup to go up 11-0 with two minutes left in the first quarter, forcing Hoyt to angrily call a timeout to regroup.

Arlington went on a run of its own at the end of the first and beginning of the second quarter, scoring the next eight points on Lane's first triple, Kolby Wilkins' basket and a pair from Keyshawn King.

Lane had two more triples in the next few minutes, pulling Arlington even and then ahead with two minutes left in the quarter. Hoyt hit another long one to give Arlington a six-point lead

"Jack was one of the few with experience on varsity coming back, we had a lot of kids coming up from JV," Hoyt said. "Once we got a couple to fall in, it turned everything around. Our defense kept us in it and changed the momentum to us."

Over the second and third quarters, Arlington outscored Proctor, 26-9.

"I told them before the second quarter that we were settled in and come out strong," said Hoyt, who said it's been a few years since Arlington got the better of the Phantoms on the basketball court. "We just carried that momentum into the third."

Lane hit three of his 3-pointers in each half.

King had eight points, while Hoyt had seven.

Valerio led Proctor with 18 points and Bartlett added nine in the loss (1-2).

"It feels good to defend the Nest," Lane said. "It's a good team win and just one hopefully out of the many we'll have this season."


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