CEDAR RAPIDS – Friday, it was Adam Sanchez: Cedar Rapids Washington boys' basketball coach and family nurse.
The first thing was a lot easier and ended up making the latter thing more palatable.
"Three kids were sick, my wife was sick, so I stayed home all day with them," Sanchez said, after his team's 56-41 win Friday night at Cedar Rapids Jefferson. "Let's just say stay-at-home mom is not for me. I tip my hat to everybody that does that because that is not up my alley at all. Not at all.
"I'm sure getting sick will trickle down to me eventually, so this win will make the weekend a lot better."
As it should. Washington (2-4) got a big first half from sophomore guard Jared Printy and an even bigger second half from junior center Maurice Arrington to come out of the holiday break with some positive vibes.
This was a nice overall performance, as Wash ran to a 5-0 lead and never trailed. You don't get many wire-to-wire Ws on the road.
"I was really pleased with the effort," Sanchez said. "They were good in practice all week. We didn't have any scrimmages, so you just worry about the intensity level. Are we ready to go? Last year, we were horrible coming out of the break. We didn't change a whole lot. Last year, I changed too much, but this year, we just got back to the basics and got a lot of skill work in with the guys. We concentrated on effort, and tonight it showed, especially on the glass."
Washington outrebounded Jefferson (1-5) by a 35-24 edge. The 6-foot-6 Arrington led the way with 12, but to show the effort thing, 6-foot guard Reid Snitker added 10.
"It was about new year, new season," said Arrington, who scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the second half. "We came into this game thinking we were 0-0. This was a big one. We needed this one really bad. We wanted to come out here and play harder than them. Crash the boards hard and stop Olson."
Jacob Olson, Jefferson's leading scorer, came in averaging 21 points but was held to 11. The senior guard made just 2 of 14 shots from the field, his frustration boiling over in the closing seconds, as he was assessed a technical foul for saying something he shouldn't have.
The J-Hawks made 19 of 26 free throws but shot just 29 percent from the field. Forward Tyler Konigsmark had a gritty 17-point performance, but Jefferson's offense struggled all night.
"Part of it was the length of Washington (defensively). They play well together," said Jefferson Coach Stu Ordman. "But part of it is our guys are not getting out of their comfort zone in practice. We played like we've been practicing."
Printy kind of reminds you of former Wash all-state and Iowa Hawkeyes junior Josh Oglesby with his pure shooting stroke. He had a pair of 3s and 10 points to help his team to a 24-18 halftime edge.
He didn't score in the second half, but Arrington – who was saddled with three first-half fouls – picked up the slack. The nephew of former NFL wide receiver Adrian Arrington was extremely active on the interior with post moves and offensive rebound tips, even floating out to 3-point range at one point to swish a jumper.
"I got a little down at first about the fouls," Arrington said. "But my mindset in the second half was to come out and play smart. Play tough still, but play smart. Then good things would happen."
"The potential for him has been there all along," Sanchez said.
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