Washington Evening Journal
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Washington, IA 52353
FAIRFIELD — If ones thing’s for sure, it’s that anytime Washington and Fairfield meet on the hardwood it’s bound to be a classic.
The same held turn when the two went toe-to-toe in Fairfield on Friday night.
In a tightly contested contest, Washington held on for a 71-67 victory.
After one quarter of play, Fairfield held onto a slim one point advantage, 17-16.
Fairfield’s used a heavy dose of Max Weaton and JJ Lane in the first quarter as the pair scored all of Fairfield’s points up until a buzzer beating lay in by Sam Weaton.
On the contrary, Washington used five different scorers in the opening quarter.
Weaton and Lane scored the first eight points of second for Fairfield.
For Washington, Ethan Patterson got the Demons going with a deep three and Aden Six began to take over.
Six would score the next nine points for the Demons, making it a 28-28 ballgame.
Washington would build up as much as a five-point lead, 33-28, with a eight point run.
Fairfield got a spark from Riley Perkins as he connected with two threes in between a Washington two making it a 35-34 game in favor of Washington.
Lane would put the Trojans on top, 36-35, heading into the locker room with a pair of free throws late.
In the third, Fairfield looked as if they would run away with it.
From the beginning of the quarter until the three minute mark, Fairfield outscored Washington 16-2 to lead 52-39.
However, Washington was quick to answer back in the final three minutes as the Demons would outscore the Trojans 12-3 with Evan Van Der Molen scoring six, Patterson one and four from Ajay Six, two of which came at the buzzer.
Heading into the fourth, Fairfield held onto a slim 55-51 lead.
Washington continued the momentum into the fourth as well.
The Demons would start the quarter with a 10-3 run to take a 61-57 lead.
Fairfield would take it back though, 62-61, with back-to-back threes from Tate Allen and Lane.
It would be back and forth the rest of the way out.
The two squad would trade the lead two times and after the Demons scored three straight to take a 66-64 lead, they would never lose it.
Lane was able to tie it at 66, but a Aden Six two put the Demons back on top, 68-66.
Lane was fouled with 1:21 on the clock, but he hit just one and Washington’s Ethan Patterson was able to ice the game with a steal and layup and a free throw.
Aden Six led Washington with 22 points on the night. Patterson finished with 17. Ajay Six had 15.
Fairfield was led by Lane with 28. Max Weaton finished with 13. Tate Allen ended with six. Sam Weaton had four.