WOBURN — Ben Wasco strutted backwards, pumped his chest and let out a mighty roar at halfcourt with five minutes left in regulation.
The Arlington senior captain needed no second glance of his 3-pointer from beyond the top of the key. He stared down the scoreboard instead, eyeing his team’s 10-point margin.
His fourth-quarter trey not helped seal Arlington’s 60-49 victory over over host Woburn, but it also extended the Spy Ponders’ winning streak in the Middlesex League to 31 games.
“That’s a great accomplishment,” said the 6-foot-3 Wasco, who finished his night with 22 points.
“But I think we have bigger aspirations for this season. We’re not done and we have to wrap [the league] up with these next couple games.”
Arlington (14-2, 13-0 Middlesex), ranked 18th in this week’s Globe Top 20, followed its all-too-familiar league script from the tip, racing out to a 13-5 lead by the end of the first quarter.
However, Woburn (13-6, 10-5) never backed down. Senior guards Isaiah Cashwell-Doe and Brett Stachowski changed the narrative for the Tanners in the second quarter
The duo combined for 14 second-quarter points and stole the lead when Cashwell-Doe successfully converted a free-throw attempt six minutes into the quarter for 22-21..
Down 25-23 at halftime, Arlington turned to Wasco to salvage their win streak.
He delivered immediately and re-captured the lead with a baseline 3-pointer just seconds into the third quarter.
Arlington never looked back and rode Wasco’s 12 fourth-quarter points to a decisive victory. Junior Nick Karalis (9 points) and Arlington senior Dominic Black (13 points) provided much-needed shooting along the way.
“We’re stilling looking to play a complete 32 minutes,” said Arlington head coach John Bowler.
“I don’t think we’ve played our best basketball yet but we’re starting too. It’s a lot of momentum moving into the last couple weeks of the season.”