Arlington 60 at Lake 46
The Eagles, pre-season favorites to win Wesco North, indeed looked like the team to beat in rolling to a convincing win.
Arlington's inside-outside game kept Lake off balance while the Vikings struggled on offense in the final three quarters. After a hot first quarter which saw Lake take a 23-20 lead the Vikings struggled on offense thereafter, failing to hit double figure scoring in any of the following three quarters.
Lake was nine for 17 in the first quarter but just seven for 36 for the remainder of the game. During one stretch of futility the Vikings missed 30 of 34 shots.
Arlington's strong and athletic inside play frustrated Lake's big men Gunnar Eklund and Lorin Vandegrift, who combined to take just seven shots from the field and a mere four free throws between them.
Meanwhile, Lake's outside shooting deserted it, allowing Arlington to steadily pull away to a relatively easy win.
Lake made a game of it for three quarters. A pair of threes by Kyle Gellner and eight points by Dakota Tomson in the first quarter shot Lake to a 23-20 lead at the quarter break but Lake's shooting deserted it after that. Lake missed 11 of its first 12 shots in the second quarter while Arlington rolled to as much as a nine-point lead, before Tomson's three at the halftime buzzer brought Lake to within 33-30.
A five-for-23 second half (including zero of seven threes), combined with miserable free throw shooting during that time (six of 14) shot Lake out of contention. Arlington led 47-37 after three quarters and coasted to the 60-46 win.
Tomson finished with 15 points as Lake's only double-figure scorer. Vandegrift and Eklund combined for 12 rebounds as Lake held the Eagles even in that department, 37-37.
Eagle sophomore guard Dawn Terry entered the game midway in the second quarter and by halftime had accumulated 19 of his game-high 21 points, including four threes.
At Monroe 58 Lake 56
This one really hurt. Lake outplayed the undefeated Bearcats for much of the game, controlling the backboards by a 38-20 count (including 20 offensive rebounds to just four for Monroe).
But the Vikings, who led by 10 points midway in the third quarter, could not maintain the advantage. It came down to a controversial play which went against Lake with three seconds left, allowing Monroe to pull out the 58-56 win.
The loss was costly for Lake, dropping its Wesco record to 1-3 (3-3 overall), tied with Marysville for the fourth and final District playoff spot.
Lake's domination of the rebounds, spearheaded by Eklund's 16 (including nine offensive), neutralized Monroe's superior shooting. The Bearcats shot at least 50 percent in every quarter, making 23 of 43 for the game (including 6 of 15 threes), while Lake shot 41 percent on 24 of 59 (including two of nine threes). Once again Lake shot poorly at the line, eight of 14 overall, including zero for three in the crucial fourth quarter.
Eklund was a force all game long, finishing with 19 points in addition to his second 16-rebound game of the season.
Four baskets by Eklund, nine points overall in the first quarter, paced Lake to a