The Washington Demon boy’s basketball team and IMS ended their game in a shootout that the Demons came out of with a win.
Washington and IMS played tough back and fourth basketball all night with few fouls. In the first quarter the Demons looked to the long ball, but the three-point arc was icy all night. IMS used their size and quality shooting to take a lead in the first quarter 16-13, and that would be the last quarter they would see the lead.
Washington started coming on strong in the second quarter, playing active defense and taking some quality shots to grab a 30-26 lead at the half. The Demons had the lead at half, but shined in the second half, holding IMS to just five points in the third quarter and working the ball down low to continue pushing their lead to 38-31 after three.
The fourth quarter is where all of the action was as IMS started coming back little by little until they scored two buckets back-to-back to get within four. Washington answered quickly to regain a six point lead, but IMS wasn’t giving up as Dallas Nye converted on the old fashioned three-pointer to make it a one possession game. IMS was keyed to steal the game, but not if Blake Weidman had anything to do with it. Weidman was found wide open multiple times under the basket and continued to increase the lead. IMS had one last chance to tie it up with a three point shot, but it was not to be and the Demons grabbed just their second win of the season, while IMS took their first loss.
IMS was led by Nye with 19 points, while Washington was led by Weidman with 14 points, all in the second half, and 12 points from Gage Redlinger.
Washington and IMS return to conference play on Tuesday, with the Demons hosting Ft. Madison and IMS at Wapello.