Arlington began the game on a 9-2 run with three-pointers from Austin Hawley and Alex Trayah, and a three-point play by DJ Jennings. But Twin Valley refused to roll over, with Lozito hitting two of his five three-pointers to bring his squad back into it. In the second quarter, trailing 23-18, a two-pointer from Lozito and a three from Dal Nesbitt brought the game within two. Eli Park would tie the game at 25 just before the half, with two of his season-high 12 points. But it was Arlington that hit the locker room with a one-point advantage, 26-25.
Lozito continued his scoring frenzy in the second half. In the third quarter he knocked down two more clutch threes, and capitalized on poor ball handling by the Rebels. Twin Valley finally got the advantage at the end of the third, with Lozito scoring on a breakaway layup with seven seconds left. The fourth quarter was visibly stressful for coach Chris Brown, but his boys were able to control the game, getting a few more clutch steals, and taking charges in the defensive end. Cade Nesbitt hit a big three and DJ Lazelle put in a short shot to put Twin Valley in control 51-46 with two minutes remaining. Sam Molner came up with a huge steal two possessions later and Lozito put the Wildcats up by six. But Arlington hung around and played the foul game, and Twin Valley missed six straight free throws. Thanks to a huge rebound by Molner, Twin Valley was able to take more time off the clock. Lozito was able to make his last three free throws and Hawley’s buzzer-beating three put Arlington one point short of the tie, 59-58.
Park finished with a double-double, adding 11 rebounds to his dozen points. Cade Nesbitt and Lazelle each had five steals on the night. The Nesbitt brothers each finished with nine points as well.