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Admirals Fall In First Round Of Sectionals

By Sean McGee
Special to HVSR

FREEDOM PLAINS – With so much on the line, emotions ran high.

A loss meant the season is over. The game was as physical as it could be, as both teams would find themselves in serval skirmishes or altercations throughout the game.

In the end, the tougher team won.

Wreaking havoc defensively, No. 9 Spring Valley High School came into Arlington and beat the No. 8 Admirals on Saturday, 64-47, in the first round of the Section 1, Class AA boys basketball tournament.

“We didn’t do a good enough job, and they set the tempo,” said Arlington head basketball coach Matt Hoyt. “We needed to be better. We turned the ball over 24 times. That’s not going to get the job done. I think a big part of it too was that we got into foul trouble.”

Both teams would struggle with foul problems the whole game as the two teams found themselves in the double bonus early in each half. Though it would have a greater effect on Arlington as its best ball handler in Jack Sims was out most of the game.

“The foul trouble to me, I thought was the key to the game. We couldn’t get any rhythm offensively,” said Hoyt. “When a guy [Sims] who averages 30 [minutes] a game has to sit so much because of the foul trouble, that hurts us a little bit.”

Sims in his last high school basketball game unfortunately would watch most of it from the bench and was held to just two points.

“It’s just really tough; from the bench I was just trying to stay positive,” he said. “Last time we were able to stay out of foul trouble and we won by five. This time the fouls just killed us, that was the main thing the entire game.”

Senior Rashawn Grant led the Admirals with 19 points and sophomore Delano Knox added 12 points, but no other player would score more than six points for Arlington.

“We tried to control the tempo, but Spring Valley is just a great team,” said Grant. “They are very fast tempo, as soon as we scored, they would go up and score.”

The Tigers pace of play had a big impact on the game and the Admirals just could not keep up with their high-speed tempo for 32 minutes of play.

“We like to try to get up and down the floor and make it fast, but I think more than anything else it was their on-ball pressure,” said Sims on the difficulty of the Tigers’ pace of play. “I feel their ball pressure was the biggest reason why we lost today.”

Emerson Therneus scored 23 points for the Tigers and Chris White, who did not play the first time the two teams met back in December, only scored four points yet made his presence felt on the defensive end.

Please enjoy this photo gallery from photographer Todd McDonough.

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