ALBIA — It was a devil of a nonconference boys basketball battle Tuesday as two schools with Demons as a nickname tangled with Washington turning up the heat on Albia for a 63-52 nonconference win.
“The final score of the game does not show how tight this game was throughout,” WHS coach Collin Stark said. “This was a great high school basketball game. Even though this was a tight game throughout, I felt that we controlled this game from the middle of the first quarter until the end of the game, keeping a four-to-eight point lead. It was a back and forth game where we would extend our lead to 6-8 points, but then their 3 point shot would cut our lead and keep the game close.”
Albia got ahead early 9-3. Washington responded by holding the home team scoreless for more than 3 minutes, but gave up a last-second three for a 14-12 score at the end of the frame. Washington led 31-26 at halftime and 46-42 after the third.
Washington’s Brock Sobaski went 6 for 7 at the foul line on his way to 20 points. Kasen Bailey sank two 3-pointers and three 2-pointers to total 12 points. Luke Turner had 11 points. The Demons went 16 for 19 on free throws.
“We had a great night again on the free throw line and finished the game making our free throws when it mattered the most,” Stark said. “Our seniors — Luke Turner, Ethan Hunt, Brock Sobaski, and Trevor Quigley — really did a great job controlling our offense and understanding that our shots weren’t falling from behind the arc, so we started attacking the basket and dishing to our cutters for points in the paint.”
One senior’s play in particular stood out to the coach.
“Brock Sobaski deserves a lot of credit in this game,” Stark said. “He was a force on the boards, with double digit points and rebounds.”
The Demons (7-2) return to Southeast Conference play Friday, hosting Fairfield.
“I’m excited to see how much this team can continue to improve and be playing our best at the end of the year,” Stark said. “We are heading in the right direction.”