The wait is finally over for boys basketball fans in Southeast Iowa. The 2020-21 season tips off tonight, and it will be a busy week with most of the area’s teams playing in their first games of the season.
The defending Southeast Conference champion Washington Demons will start things off. After going 14-7 overall and 9-1 in SEC play last year, the Demons will start their season on the road at Centerville. Washington bullied the Big Reds 89-51 in last year’s season opener.
One day later, the Mt. Pleasant basketball team opens its season. The Panthers were 12-11 overall last year and finished the season in the district championship game.
The Panthers will travel to Cedar Rapids to take on perennial power Xavier. Mt. Pleasant will be looking to snap a 10-game losing streak to the Saints in a series that has been played out in the Class 3A state tournament and the substate finals during its latest five-year stretch.
Also opening up play on Tuesday night will be the area’s small schools. That includes 2019-20 substate finalist Pekin, which hosts W-MU in the season opener. Also opening up play will be defending Southeast Iowa Super Conference champion WACO, who hosts Holy Trinity.
All in all there are 11 boys basketball games scheduled in the Union coverage area for the first two days of play.