KEOKUK — It’s not how a team starts a game, it’s how it finishes.
Washington won a boys basketball game Friday with outstanding defense, clamping down in the final quarter. The Demons held Keokuk to a single point in the last 8 minutes of play in winning the Southeast Conference game 46-42.
Washington got a good start to the game as five different Demons scored in the first quarter to build a 15-8 lead. Trashaun Willis, Travis Leyden and Ethan Patterson each canned a 3-pointer. Patterson sank another three in the second quarter and Kasen Bailey hit one but the Chiefs left the floor for halftime tied at 27. Willis had nine points at the break and the only Washington field goal of the third quarter. Add Bailey’s two free throws and that was the extent of Washington’s offense in the third frame.
Trailing 41-31 to start the fourth quarter, the Demons’ defense was dynamic. It helped that Keokuk was 1-for-5 at the foul line in the quarter and 3-of-8 in the game. The Demons only committed a total of 10 fouls in the game, Keokuk 14. Abbot Haner had 10 points for Keokuk before fouling out. Anthony Potratz scored 13.
Bailey scored eight of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Patterson and Willis both finished with 11. Leyden had seven points and Lance Sobaski two.
Washington is 8-3 overall, 5-1 in the league. Keokuk is 1-3 SEC, 6-5 overall. Washington plays at Davis County Tuesday.