On Friday night at home, the Seahawk varsity boys basketball team remained undefeated, shocking Class 6A Arnold, 63-56.

“This is a big win for our program, especially early in the season,” said Seahawk Coach Nathan West. “I thought our guys came out with a lot of energy and played extremely hard. Arnold is a good team with a lot of talent.”

Trailing 14-10 after the first quarter, the Seahawks outscored Robert Britton’s Marlins 19-8 in the second stanza, to lead 29-22 at the half. But they fell behind 41-40 after being outscored 19-11 in the third quarter, and it took a 23-15 final quarter to earn the win.

“I think we have to do a better job at protecting a lead,” said West. “Arnold went on a run to start the second half as we came out relaxed. We have to get better at playing at a high level for an entire 32 minutes.

“We did a good job at ‘gang rebounding’ which contributed to our success,” said the coach. “I knew that Arnold had good size with great athleticism, as they started three kids over 6 feet 5 inches, so in order for us to compete as a team, we needed to control the glass.

“This was a good overall team win. I just hope we can keep this momentum and progress going as we move into district play,” West said.

Junior guard Grady Escobar led the team’s four players in double figures with 18 points, with senior guard Simon Brathwaite adding 16 points and five rebounds, senior guard Daijon Penamon contributing 15 points and sophomore guard Lamarius Martin adding 10 points, nine assists and four steals.

Senior forward Mikalin Huckeba and sophomore guard Eden Brathwaite each had five rebounds.

After downing Liberty County 59-37 in Bristol Tuesday night, the Seahawks travel to Altha Friday night, and are at home Tuesday against North Bay Haven.