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Posted on Feb 4, 2016

Jacks’ playoff chances fading

Quincy’s boys basketball team picked a bad time for one of its poorest shooting nights of the season.
The Jacks made just 12 of 58 field goal attempts (20.6 percent) Tuesday as visiting Wapato ran to a 69-36 Central Washington Athletic Conference victory.

The Jacks' Farias, Mark Horning (30) and Rafa Guzman (1) play aggressive defense to keep Ellensburg from getting the ball inside. Quincy's final regular season game is Friday at Toppenish. Photo by Steve Kadel.

The Jacks’ Farias, Mark Horning (30) and Rafa Guzman (1) play aggressive defense to keep Ellensburg from getting the ball inside. Quincy’s final regular season game is Friday at Toppenish. Photos by Steve Kadel.

The loss means Quincy must beat Toppenish on the road Friday — and Ephrata must lose tonight to Othello and to East Valley on Friday — for the Jacks to qualify for post-season play.
Quincy senior guard Johan Farias had no explanation for the cold shooting. He just shook his head after the game.
Quincy scored one point in the second quarter while Wapato scored 17, giving the Wolves a commanding 32-8 halftime lead.
The Jacks made three of 25 field goal tries in the first half. For the game, they conncted on just two of 22 three-point tries.
“It’s a little disappointing,” senior Nick Lopez said after his last home game in a Jacks uniform. “But you can’t expect to hit every shot.”
Quincy coach Wade Petersen said frustration from poor shooting eventually caused his team to let down defensively.
“They (Wapato) played a triangle and two, and put guys on Rafa (Guzman) and Johan,” he said. “We got good looks, but couldn’t put them down.”
Quincy gave a good effort in the rebounding department. Mark Horning grabbed two offensive rebounds and put the ball back up for scores twice in the final five minutes, but it was too late.

Ellensburg 49, Quincy 42
The Jacks trailed by 10 points at halftime against the Bulldogs and couldn’t catch up, absorbing a conference loss at home last Friday.
“We didn’t play well in the first half,” said Petersen. “We got down and dug ourselves a hole.”
Horning made two free throws with 3:44 left in the third quarter, bringing the Jacks to within 30-28. Ellensburg scored to go up by four points, but Guzman hit a three-point shot, trimming the visitors’ lead to 32-31.
Trailing 38-34 with one period left, Quincy ran into trouble at the foul line. The usually sharpshooting Jacks missed five free throws in the final 3:17 to seal their fate. They were just 10 of 22 from the line during the game while Ellensburg was 11 of 14.
The Jacks clamped down defensively on Ellensburg’s top offensive threat. The Bulldogs’ 6-foot-7 Coleman Sparling was averaging 19.9 points coming into the game, but Quincy’s defense held him to 10 points.
“We just played our regular defense, and tried to be aware of where he was,” said Quincy’s Daniel Garcia. “If we just would have made more free throws … ”

Wapato 69, Quincy 36
Score by quarters
Wapato 15 17 17 20 — 69
Quincy 7 1 13 15 — 36
Individual scoring
Wapato: Caleb Cordova 5, Hunter Jacob 21, Rodrigo Campos 8, Javier Vela 2, Jordan Blodgett 26, Antgwaan Acosta 2, Manuel Delgadillo 2 and Noah Patterson 3.
Quincy: Kaeden Murphy 2, Nick Lopez 5, Gonzalo Guerrero 2, Johan Farias 7, Daniel Chavez 7, Trajan Trevino 3, Mark Horning 8 and Daniel Garcia 2.
Free throws
Wapato 15 of 19; Quincy 10 of 21.

Ellensburg 49, Quincy 42
Score by quarters
Ellensburg 16 10 12 11 – 49
Quincy 10 6 18 8 — 42
Individual scoring
Quincy: Rafa Guzman 8, Kaeden Murphy 3, Johan Farias 14, Daniel Chavez 6, Mark Horning 5 and Daniel Garcia 6.

 

— By Steve Kadel, sports@qvpr.com

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