The Fairfield boys? basketball team hosted Washington Friday night in the second rotation of SEC play, defeating the Demons 69-58 to improve to 4-2 in conference play while Washington is now 1-4.
Washington started out hot with 6?0 senior Jacob Van Osdol hitting a three to start the scoring as the Demons jumped out to a 22-19 lead after eight minutes.
Washington head coach Collin Stark talked about the rivalry, ?I feel like every game we?re competing to win, and whenever we?ve played Fairfield since I?ve been here, it?s been a close dogfight.?
Fairfield fought back in the second quarter, scoring four fast points to regain the lead 23-22.
Drew Martin and Cole Engle hit back-to-back buckets to make it 27-22 before the Demons Cale Hobscheidt knocked down a three to bring it back to a one-possession game.
An Austin Simpson layup was followed by a charge drawn against Washington and a Tristin Waugh and-1 that stretched the Trojans advantage to 32-25.
Waugh then assisted Simpspon to give Fairfield their biggest lead of the half, 34-25, before Demon sophomore Levi Baumert finished out the scoring with a basket to make it 34-27.
Sixteen minutes into play senior Cale Hobscheidt had 13 of his team?s 27 points, while junior Austin Simpson led Fairfield with eight.
The Trojans kept trying to put the game away in the third, but senior Jack Redlinger had a long-distance answer every time, cutting the score to as close as 42-38 when he hit a three with 3:50 left in the quarter.
That was followed by two made Simpson free throws, a pair of baskets traded by the two teams, and then another Waugh to Simpson assist to leave Fairfield ahead 48-40 before senior Dante Cingere hit a three to make it 51-40 and force a Washington timeout with 1:18 in the period.
Demon coach Collin Stark talks about what went wrong, ?We had a few too many turnovers tonight, and that was probably the deciding factor.?
The two teams each added 16 points to their totals before the final buzzer cemented the 69-58 final as official.
Fairfield skipper Mick Flattery was pleased with his team?s efficiency on offense.
?Great to see 69 points up on the board,? said Flattery. ?I thought our pressure defense was really active, and Hobsheidt and Redlinger scored really well for them.?
Hobsheidt and Redlingder scored 17 and 14 points, respectively, for the Demons, while Simpson had 25 for the Trojans.
?Austin scored really well,? added Flattery. He continued, ?He missed his first four free throws, then made nine in a row.?
Along with going 9-13 from the charity stripe, Simpson was 8-11 from the field while grabbing a team-high 14 rebounds. For good measure, he also had three assists and made three steals.
Senior Dante Cingire was back after being sick all week. He scored 13 points, with two rebounds and an assist and a steal on his stat line, although starter Carson Crile missed the game due to illness.
Moving forward for Washington, Stark said, ?Most of our games versus the top competition were earlier in the season, but I always feel like this stretch has a lot of games that we should be able to compete well in.?
The Demons will host Ottumwa Tuesday before roadtrips to Keota and Keokuk wrap up the week.
Fairfield is 5-8 overall and travels to 1-13 Davis County tonight, before heading to Iowa City Friday night to face the Lightning from the new Iowa City Liberty High School, a team they lost to 44-46 back on Jan. 2.