Demons get first win
There was a stark contrast between the performances of the Washington boys’ basketball team Friday and Saturday.
Starting with the good, Washington looked sure of itself in its first win of the season, 69-55 over local rival and conference foe Fairfield.
Across the board Washington had balanced scoring. Senior guard Mason Quigley had 13 points, junior Gage Redlinger had 12 points, junior Thomas Bump had 11 and senior Garrett Covington had 10.
“We attacked the basket and made five 3s,” said head coach Bryce Smeins. “When you have four guys in double figures, that is a great way to play.”
Quigley had five assits and Bump had four assists.
Junior Daryn Sebelius led the team on the boards with six and Redlinger pulled in five rebounds.
“Overall, we played well on defense and well on offense,” Smeins said. “We were pretty consistent shooting the ball from the floor. We were 12 for 20 from the free-throw line, which is good — not great.”
The team shot 47 percent.
“It was a great win,” Smeins said. “They came in undefeated at 3-0. Every game in the conference race is big. Being able to win at home in your conference opener is big.”
As well as the team shot the ball against the Trojans, that is how porous it was against West Branch in a 46-33 loss.
“Saturday we didn’t play very well or shoot well from the floor,” Smeins said.
The team shot 28 percent from the floor and 8 of 21 from the line
“We played pretty good defense, but we were stone cold shooting,” Smeins said. “Offensively we struggled all night long.”
Redlinger had 10 points to lead the team. Junior Blake Weidman had 8 points and Bump had 7 points.
The team turned the ball over 15 times.
“Defensively when you hold a team to 46, you have a chance,” Smeins said. “I thought we did have a chance to win. When you have 15 turnovers and 13 missed free throws, that is a lot of points you gave up. It was frustrating.”
“We just weren’t as focused Saturday as Friday,” Smeins said. “We weren’t as sharp.”
Washington (1-3, 1-0 Southeast Conference) has now lost its three games by a combined 11 points.