The Washington Demon boys basketball team is in action tonight when they host class 1A Lone Tree.
This game will also be a friendly coaching dual between Demon head coach Bryce Smeins, and Lone Tree head coach Tom Squires, who coached together in the past.
Due to the bad weather Washington has not played since last Tuesday, when they faced Ft. Madison. Washington will have four games this week, including tonight, Keokuk tomorrow, Ft. Madison on Friday and Tipton on Saturday.
Washington is scoring 55.3 points per game, and hitting 39 percent of their shots from the field. Thomas Bump and Gage Redlinger still sit out in front with 11.9 and 10.3 points per game respectively. Blake Weidman and Mason Quigley come in behind them with over eight points per game.
Smeins says it will be a tough game tonight, but it will be fun to play his old assistant.
“[They're] a good basketball program, good coach, and a good friend of mine actually, a guy that used to be my assistant for a long time,” Smeins said. “So that will be a fun game [tonight], hanging out with coach Squires, and they have a nice ball club, and that will be a challenge [tonight].”
Lone Tree comes in 11-4 and off a close victory over WMU last Friday. The Lions are scoring 56.6 points per game, and hitting 44 percent of their shots from the floor, and 35 percent from beyond the arc. The top Lion to watch out for is Trent Gosnell, who is scoring 19.3 points per game. Behind Gosnell is Jovonte Squiers with 11.4 points per game, and Nick Viner with 8.1.
Lone Tree’s coach Squires says tonight’s game will be fun to play against a friend, but it will be difficult because of the two class jump.
“We’re not just jumping up one class and playing a 2A, we’re jumping up two classes and playing a 3A, and that will definitely be a challenge, at the 3A level, I think it is probably more physical,” Squires said. “I haven’t seen Washington play this year, we’ve scrimmaged them in the past. Coaches Smeins and I go way back, I was his assistant 26 years ago, in a little town called lost nation, and we played some pretty good basketball there, and I’m looking forward to [tonight].”
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