Jacks hand Wapato its first loss
Quincy’s boys basketball team got its biggest win of the season Tuesday, upending league-leading Wapato 42-36 on the road. It was Wapato’s first loss in 10 games.
A suffocating Quincy defense held the normally high-scoring Wolves to seven points during the first half as the Jacks took a 16-7 lead at halftime. The victory boosts Quincy to 2-5 in Central Washington Athletic Conference play and 3-6 overall.
Rafa Guzman hit three three-point shots and scored 12 points overall to keep the Jacks in front of Wapato. He and Daniel Garcia also made some critical free throws down the stretch.
Quincy coach Wade Petersen said his plan was to slow the pace of play so Wapato couldn’t get its offense in high gear.
“We tried to get the game down to snail’s pace,” he said. “It’s hard to play on the road, especially in a tough environment like Wapato.”
Petersen credited the Jacks for playing a true team game with lots of players contributing. He said eight rebounds from Mark Horning “was a big bonus for us.”
On Dec. 30, Quincy couldn’t penetrate the forest of tall Selah defenders for close shots, losing to the visiting Vikings 64-47.
A big difference in the game came at the free throw line, where Selah made regular appearances while the Jacks were nearly strangers. Selah was 14 of 26 from the line while Quincy was just two of four.
“They’re really good and they’re big, which makes it tough to go inside,” the Quincy coach said after the game. “Rebounding was an issue tonight.”
Jacks senior center Garcia agreed with his coach about the Selah team’s height. The Vikings have seven players between 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-5.
“They’re a tall team,” he said. “We just have to play harder and sacrifice.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s game in Quincy against Ephrata, Garcia had plans for the team that beat the Jacks 41-40 earlier this season.
“We definitely want to get them,” he said.
Before that, Quincy plays host to Toppenish at 7:15 p.m. on Friday.
Against Selah, Quincy’s Philip Tobin and Daniel Chavez hit field goals near the end of the first quarter to bring the Jacks within 14-6 after one quarter.
Quincy outscored Selah 17-14 in the second quarter to trail just 28-23 at halftime.
The visitors began pulling away late in the third period on a field goal by Riley Quincy and a three-point shot by Calvin Herting. Those baskets boosted Selah to a 46-30 lead with 1:25 left in the third period.
After being outscored 19-7 in the third period, the Jacks matched Selah point-for-point in the final quarter but couldn’t shave the deficit.
Selah 64, Quincy 47
Score by quarters
Selah 14 14 19 17 — 64
Quincy 6 17 7 17 — 47
Selah: Calvin Herting 3, Zakery Donato 10, Riley Quincy 2, Vance Wood 7, Montana Blehm 6, Caleb Walter 2, Cort Dietrich 2, Dustin Yates 9, Elijah Pepper 23.
Quincy: Rafael Guzman 9, Kaeden Murphy 2, Gunnar Petersen 2, Gonzalo Guerrero 3, Philip Tobin 2, Johan Farias 13, Daniel Chavez 3, Mark Horning 4, Daniel Garcia 9.
Selah: 14 of 26; Quincy: 2 of 4.
— By Steve Kadel, firstname.lastname@example.org