Arlington boys lose late leads in Lincoln

Eagles are 4-4

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The Arlington boys basketball team led each contest of its two-game stand at Lincoln Lutheran.
The Eagles lost both, however, falling to Fairbury on Thursday and to the host Warriors on Friday. AHS jumped out to 13-2 advantage against the Jeffs in game No. 1, and led by five points with less than 4 minutes to go, but still fell, 47-42.
After Aiden Foreman scored his 19th and 20th points during the fourth quarter, Fairbury ended the game on a 10-0 run to win by five. Several Eagles had opportunities to tie the Jeffs or draw closer in the final seconds, but they came up empty as FHS improved to 4-5.
Earlier, Arlington built an 11-point first-period lead with points in the paint. Foreman, Dustin Kirk, Nick Smith and Frankie Rosenbalm combined to score the Eagles' first eight points, all doing so from 2-feet from the hoop or less.
Later, Kirk scored two 3-pointers during the third period, turning a one point halftime deficit into a five-point advantage. The Eagles led by the same margin late, but lost their first game against an opponent with a losing record on the final day of 2020.
The next day against their hosts from Lincoln Lutheran, Arlington led 28-17 at halftime and 36-31 after three quarters before falling 48-44. The Eagles dominated the 17-2 second quarter, but scored just 16 points the entire second half.
The loss dropped AHS to 4-4 this season, while the Warriors improved to 5-2.
Foreman scored a game-high 18 points in defeat, while Kirk added 10 for the Eagles. Jonny Puelz scored 13 for the victors, too.

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