Arlington stops Oak Harbor boys 60-50

The Oak Harbor boys basketball team put in a solid effort but couldn’t snap its losing streak as it fell to visiting Arlington 60-50 Tuesday.

The Wildcats couldn’t overcome a big Eagle second quarter and a poor shooting night from the foul line.

Arlington trailed 11-10 at the end of the first quarter then took off in the second. The Eagles scored off back-to-back turnovers to go ahead for good 17-13 with about five minutes left in the half.

Arlington pushed the lead to 31-23 at the half, and the margin hovered around six most of the game until Oak Harbor was forced to foul at the end.

The Wildcats once cut it to two, 37-35, with about three minutes left in the third quarter after six straight points by Mike Washington Jr.

Half way through the fourth, Oak Harbor was down six, 47-41, but hit only four of eight free throws on four straight possessions and failed to gain ground.

The Eagles hit six consecutive free throws in the final 37 seconds to nail down the win.

It was at the line that Arlington held an edge; all other stats were almost identical.

After missing seven of their first nine foul shots, the Eagles setting down and sank 20 of their final 27 to finish the night 22-36 at the line. Oak Harbor converted on only 11 of 24.

Oak Harbor had one more rebound, 35 (both teams had 10 offensive rebounds); one more turnover, 17; and two more assists, 7, than Arlington. Both teams shot 39 percent from the field.

Washington kept the Wildcats afloat offensively with 22 points as his teammates struggled from the perimeter. Oak Harbor did get some interior offense as posts Colby Anter and Aaron Boesch scored seven each. Jay Stout scored six points; and Connor Paul, Rashaad Smith, Ryan Fakkema and Stevie Bratt added two each.

Washington also led the team in assists with four and was second in rebounds with six, one less than Smith.

Oak Harbor coach Mike Washington Sr. said his team is progressing and “played well” against Arlington. He added, “We played with energy; we shared the ball well.”

Eric Carlson scored 20 and Griffin Ginnis 16 for Arlington (2-3, 4-4).

Oak Harbor (0-5, 1-8) goes to Stanwood Thursday, Jan. 7.

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