ARLINGTON — Guard Nick Babb said he’s always looking for an angle.
Whether it’s a low-post play or the open shot from the perimeter, Babb said it’s about the flow of the game.
Friday night, it was a tsunami of opportunities, as Babb scored a season-high 31 points in Arlington Martin’s 80-69 victory over North Crowley in a District 3-5A game.
Martin (16-7, 10-1 3-5A) maintains its position, tied for first place in district with Arlington Bowie.
“It’s a great feeling to know we’re playing our best basketball now as the playoffs are coming up,” Babb said. “You just have to adjust to what the defense is giving. Early on, I was getting some easy baskets, but then they kind of backed off the perimeter.”
That allowed Babb, who already had 16 points at halftime, to go on a torrid stretch in the third quarter. He opened with two 3-pointers to stretch Martin’s 15-point halftime lead to 42-21. Babb scored 13 points in the third quarter.
Despite the deficit, North Crowley (13-11, 5-6) stayed with the grind late, drawing as close as seven points in the fourth quarter before finally succumbing.
“I don’t think we could have sent too many players out that could stop Nick tonight,” North Crowley coach Tommy Brakel said. “He’s a special kind of player, and when he gets going, he’s got it going.”
The Panthers are on the outside looking in for the final playoff spot in district.
Martin was 28 of 55 from the field Friday night and also had 17 points from Patrick Burke and 13 from Josh Swearingin.
Tommy Sing had 23 for North Crowley and Greg Roy added 12.
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