Quincy bounces Othello
One night after a sluggish performance in a loss at Prosser, the Quincy boys basketball team got aggressive Saturday to defeat visiting Othello 58-45.
The win moves Quincy to 5-6 in Central Washington Athletic Conference play. The Jacks are in sixth place – the last spot that will qualify for postseason play — with two crucial games coming up this week.
Quincy plays at East Valley (6-6) Friday before hosting Grandview (5-7) Saturday. The Jacks have won four of the last five games and are playing their best basketball of the season.
Saturday, strong rebounding helped coach Wade Petersen’s team notch another win.
“We had a lapse against Prosser in rebounding,” he said. “I was glad to see we solved that tonight. I was really proud of our bench. They brought lots of intensity.”
Quincy started fast against Othello. Rafa Guzman stroked a three-point shot and Mark Horning hit a field goal to give the Jacks a 5-1 lead. Quincy guard Gunnar Petersen grabbed an offensive rebound and scored with 2:30 left in the first period as Quincy led 7-3.
Three-point shots by Daniel Chavez and Nick Lopez to open the second quarter gave Quincy a 13-7 advantage. Othello couldn’t catch up after that.
“We wanted to work hard on the glass,” Gunnar Petersen said after the game. “That’s one thing we focus on every night at practice – crashing the boards.”
Horning, who was a strong rebounder and scored seven points, is optimistic about the rest of the season.
“We’re playing with heart,” he said. “I think we’ve improved as a team. That’s been our goal and we’re finally accomplishing it.”
The team approach was reflected in Quincy’s scoring attack. Nine Jacks scored, led by Johan Farias’ 14 points and 12 from Guzman.
Quincy had another solid game at the free-throw line, hitting 17 of 24 attempts. That included seven of eight in the game’s last four minutes.
The Jacks’ hustling defense was effective, too, and kept Othello from getting close shots. Coach Petersen acknowledged that Husky shooters occasionally got good looks at the basket, although they were all from the perimeter.
When he wasn’t scoring on his own, Farias used his passing skill to set up teammates. He got assists on a Garcia basket and another by Chavez early in the fourth quarter to keep Othello from rallying.
Quincy took firm control in the second quarter by outscoring Othello 22-9. That included consecutive three-point shots by Guzman, Farias, and Guzman again to end the first half.
Quincy 58, Othello 45
Score by quarters
Othello 4 9 12 20 — 45
Quincy 7 22 12 17 — 58
Othello: Kyler Villarreal 13, Justis Garcia 7, Eduardo Valdovinos 2, Elias Valdez 4, Jonathan Deleon 6, Trenton Cutforth 13.
Quincy: Rafa Guzman 12, Nick Lopez 5, Gunnar Petersen 2, Gonzalo Guerrero 2, Phil Tobin 5, Johan Farias 14, Daniel Chavez 7, Mark Horning 7, Daniel Garcia 4.
— By Steve Kadel, email@example.com