A relentless Arlington defense and some hot shooting from 3-point range proved to be way too much for Munford to overcome Tuesday night in the Region 7-AAA semifinals at Bolton High School.
The Tigers closed out the second quarter on a 12-4 run to take an 18-point lead and never looked back en route to a 70-47 win, ending Munford's season one win away from a sectional berth.
Arlington (26-4) led just 10-8 after one period.
But the Tigers deployed a half court trapping defense to start the second quarter and Munford (18-13) unraveled.
Nathan Hoover, who led Arlington with 16 points, hit a pair of 3-pointers during the second quarter and the Tigers got several easy buckets in transition to pull away.
C.J. Anderson, a University of Massachusetts signee, scored six of his 11 points during the run.
It was the second straight season the Cougars lost in the region semifinals.
Munford head coach Butch Hopkins felt the officiating played a role in the Cougars' demise.
“I don't know how it happens, but the region is supposed to be officiated by neutral officials,” Hopkins said. “Memphis officials are not neutral. Two years in a row this has happened. It was like a football game.”
Kylon Hall scored the first bucket of second half to cut Arlington's lead to 16, but Arlington followed with three more 3-pointers moments later and the rout was on.
Anderson scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to push the lead 55-31.
“It got so physical we just couldn't maintain control,” Hopkins said. “We just couldn't handle the ball.”
Senior Andrea' Bell was a bright spot for the Cougars. He hit three 3-pointers in the second half and finished with a game-high 25.
Reggie Holmes had eight points and Kylon Hall and David Hunter each chipped in six.
Four of Munford's starters (Holmes is a sophomore) are seniors.
“We kept fighting and I'm real proud of them,” Hopkins said. “I'm going to miss these guys. We've got a lot of work to do to get back to this level.”