Regals reign over Demons
Visiting Iowa City Regina used its height advantage to grab 17 offensive rebounds and score 16 second-chance points in its 51-37 win over Washington on Saturday night.
“We were much bigger,” Regina head coach Randy Larson said. “We had the advantage there. Our guys understood that and really crashed the boards.”
Regina out-rebounded the Demons 40-32 in the contest. Michael Donovan, a 6-foot-1 senior, grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Regals on the boards, while 6-foot-5 sophomore Drew Cook and 6-foot-3 senior Kenyon Browning both grabbed eight rebounds.
“We’re not very big,” Washington head coach Bryce Smeins said. “Our biggest kids are 6-1. None of them are true post players, per se. They were bigger than we were, and that’s tough.”
Senior Justin Hoffman scored eight of Washington’s first 10 points, and his basket to open the second quarter gave his team a 10-8 lead. But then the Demons missed their next 10 shots and the Regals went on a 16-0 run to take a 24-10 lead.
“We just couldn’t get our shots to fall and they got hot,” Hoffman said. “They started hitting their shots.”
Regina senior Matt Streb drained a long 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer, and the Regals led 29-12 at the break.
Washington sophomore Daryn Sebelius tossed up a long 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer, and it hit the back iron and fell through the net to trim Regina’s lead to 39-26. Washington senior Michael Hall opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer, and then after Cook made a free throw, senior Kyle Roder drove the lane for a layup that trimmed Regina’s lead to 40-31. But Regina sophomore Phil Arendt put back a missed shot at the other end, and the Demons never got any closer.
“They did a good job of crashing the boards,” Hoffman said.
Browning scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Regals (5-6), who won their third straight game. Cook added 11 points.
Hoffman scored 12 points to lead the Demons (2-9). Roder, who entered the contest averaging 13 points per game, was held to eight. Sebelius scored a career-high seven points, and Hall finished with six.
Washington, which entered the game shooting just 30.1 percent from the field on the season, struggled to shoot the ball again in Saturday’s contest. The Demons were 15-for-53 (28 percent) from the field in the loss.
“We haven’t really shot it well all year, and tonight might have been tougher than some nights,” Smeins said. “It’s been our bugaboo all year. We just haven’t shot well. I thought our guys played hard and did a decent job on defense. When you hold teams in the low 50s you should have a chance to win, but when you shoot the way we have the last couple of games, it makes it tough.”