Pella Christian too big, too athletic for Washington
PELLA — Washington lost to a big, athletic Pella Christian squad 72-37 on Saturday night.
“They’re obviously very good,” Washington head coach Bryce Smeins said. “All of their guys were between 6-2 and 6-6 and they were very athletic. They brought in a freshman who was 6-4 and 195. We just had a hard time matching up with them.”
Pella Christian (2-0) jumped out to a 19-7 lead after one quarter of play, and the Eagles led 36-20 at halftime.
“They got us down, and we chipped back and kind of got it close,” Smeins said. “Then they banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to get us down 16 at the half.”
Pella Christian’s full-court pressure forced the Demons into 20 turnovers in the contest.
“We didn’t handle the ball very well against their pressure,” Smeins said. “That’s something we’ve got to work on.”
Austin Ver Meer, a 6-foot-6 senior, scored a game-high 16 points on 8-for-11 shooting to lead the Eagles. Senior Blake Riggen added 14 points, and 6-foot-4 junior Jared Van Wyk came off the bench to score 11 points.
Senior Justin Hoffman scored a career-high 14 points to lead Washington. Senior Kyle Roder added seven points, and junior Thomas Bump scored a career-high seven points.
Washington (1-2) will host Muscatine on Tuesday night.