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Washington boys hounded in Burlington
Demons have to settle for season split against Southeast Conference foe
BURLINGTON — It just wasn’t Washington’s night in a marquee Southeast Conference boys basketball game in Burlington on Friday night.
The Demons started out well, but faded fast in a 71-48 road loss, one that puts a damper on the potential for a fourth-straight conference title.
After leading for most of the first period, Washington gave up the advantage late in the first and it was 16-16 after the first horn. Burlington rushed out to a 31-24 halftime lead, and dominated the third to take a 55-39 edge into the fourth.
“I think their defense really picked up,” said Demon head coach Collin Stark. “With their pressure, we couldn't figure out how to cut freely, and screen for each other. They just kind of boggled up the flow of our offense.”
Ajay Six put up 17 points to lead the Demons. Ethan Patterson scored 13. Logan McDole had 11. Aden Six scored four, and Avery Six finished with three.
The loss puts Washington two back of Mt. Pleasant for first in the SEC, and although the Panthers (7-1) have a couple of tough games to finish things off, Burlington sits in the middle of the two squads at 6-2.
Coach Stark knows the math is bleak, but says there still is plenty for his team to play for.
“The last couple of years, we've been able to win conference, but haven't able to do the state tournament run,” said Stark. “I still believe in our guys, in that when we're playing our best, we can still beat just about anybody.”
Washington has another battle on Monday, as the Demons travel north to take on Mid-Prairie.