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Demons wear down WACO in Hall of Pride game

Nov 19, 2012

WAYLAND — The Washington boys’ basketball team trailed WACO 27-22 at halftime of Saturday’s Hall of Pride exhibition game in Wayland, but the Demons rallied in the second half for a 62-41 win.

“I thought our depth and pressure wore them out a little bit,” Washington head coach Bryce Smeins said. “We got some turnovers and turned them into points.”

Washington led 14-10 at the end of the first quarter, but the Warriors out-scored the Demons 17-8 in the second frame to take a 27-22 lead at the break.

“It was ugly,” Smeins said. “We missed 19 free throws and a bunch of layups [in the game]. But we still scored 62 [points], so we’ve got a chance to be OK.”

Senior Justin Hoffman scored 19 points to lead the Demons. Senior Kyle Roder and sophomore Daryn Sebelius added 10 points apiece. Junior Garrett Covington scored seven points, and junior Alex Coker had six.

Senior Aaron Barnhart scored 11 points to lead the Warriors, while senior Klinton Garrett and junior Dylon Carlson added eight points apiece.

Smeins was pleased with how his Demons responded to adversity in the exhibition game.

“It was a nice start,” he said. “None of these guys [besides Roder] had started a game in their life, so it was a nice start.”

The Demons continue their preseason slate tomorrow night when they travel to the Mid-Prairie Jamboree to face Keota at 5:30 p.m.

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