Washington dominates Davis County
By Derek Helling
Junior Thomas Bump’s second-quarter slam dunk perfectly symbolized what kind of night it was for the Washington High School boys’ basketball team at home against the Davis County Mustangs on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
“I just play my game and if the opportunity presents itself [to dunk] then I take it,” Bump explained about his slam dunk.
“Tonight we really played together as a team, passed the ball around and were able to make shots. We played really tough on defense as well,” Bump said of the 83-47 Demon victory.
Through the first three minutes of the game, Washington appeared to be feeling their opponent out and trying to find their rhythm. From that point forward, things couldn’t have gone much better for the Demons.
“Including the second half of the Mid-Prairie game, we’ve scored 101 points in our last 48 minutes of basketball. We really shared the ball well tonight. We had a lot of guys pass up good shots for better shots and shoot with confidence. That’s the closest to 32 minutes of good basketball that we’ve played,” Washington head coach Bryce Smeins commented.
The Demons got into an offensive rhythm from Mustang turnovers created by the Washington press and took a 27 - 11 lead into the second quarter. The Demons then started hitting from 3-point range and caused Davis County to stretch its zone. The result of that was open driving lanes for the Demons to penetrate and get easy jump shots and layups.
Washington fed off its offensive confidence on the defensive end of the court. The active hands and stellar rebounding created many fast-break opportunities, one of which resulted in Bump’s slam dunk. The Demons expanded their lead in the second quarter to make the halftime tally 53 – 22.
In the second half Washington played more of its bench but kept the momentum going to wrap up the victory. Five Demons ended up scoring in double figures and Washington had eight players score in total. The Demons grabbed seven offensive rebounds and 14 defensive boards.
“We did some different things in the second half and weren’t as sharp offensively but it was still the best 32-minute game I’ve seen us play to this point. Both halves we were pretty consistent on defense. We’ve been talking all week about putting 32 minutes of good basketball together and we’re getting there. When you share it that way and play good defense a lot of good things are going to happen for you,” Smeins added.
Bump and junior Daryn Sebelius tied for the team lead with five rebounds. Bump and senior Elijah Wood had four assists to set the pace for the Demons. Bump also had two steals to lead Washington in that statistic.
The win improves Washington’s record to 4-6 overall and puts the Demons on their first winning streak of the season. Washington will be on the court again Friday, Jan. 24 at Fairfield in an important Southeast Conference game.
“Tonight’s win was a great one to get going into Fairfield on Friday night. They’re a tough team and it’s a big game for both schools” Smeins said of the Trojans.
Washington could leap Fairfield in the conference standings if they win Friday night’s game. The Demons have 11 games remaining on their regular season schedule, with six of those games within the Southeast Conference. Those six conference games are evenly split between home and road games.
As the Southeast conference does not feature a team that is undefeated in conference play, Washington controls its own destiny.