Boys hold on to beat Huskies
Kevin Flores was unconscious last Saturday night against Othello as he reined in five three-pointers in the first half. The Jacks needed all of his 29 points in their 56-55 win over the Huskies.
While Flores was the hero in the first half, he was unable to keep up the pace. That is when Johan Farias (14 points, five assists) came alive. The junior dropped in 12 second-half points to make sure the Jacks would hold on for the win.
“I was just focused,” said Flores, who added six rebounds. “I didn’t want to go into the season 0-3.”
He acknowledged his teammates picked up the pace after his shooting tailed off. Quincy also got five points and 10 rebounds from Mark Horning, as well as four points and five rebounds from Phillip Tobin.
“That’s why we have teammates,” said Flores.
It was the second straight game where the Jacks went down to the wire. The night before they lost by two points in Prosser.
“We just have to finish,” said coach Wade Petersen.
He also wants his team to stay aggressive. They entered the second half with a five-point lead against the Huskies and increased it to 47-33 by the end of the third quarter. Othello used a 13-0 run to pull within 49-48 with just a couple minutes left on the clock.
“We just have to stay aggressive. We start looking at the clock,” Petersen said. “We have to make it a bigger (lead), not just hold onto it.”
Highlights: Mike Diaz three points, three assists, four rebounds; Gunnar Petersen two points.
Prosser 39, Quincy 37
The Jacks cruised out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter, but fell flat in the fourth quarter scoring just two points. Prosser won 39-37.
Highlights: Farias 19 points; Horning 11 points; Rafael Guzman three points; Diaz two points; Navarro two points.
– By Kurtis J. Wood, firstname.lastname@example.org