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Posted on Dec 4, 2015

Quincy boys’ comeback try fails against La Salle

The Jacks played aggressive defense and pushed visiting La Salle of Union Gap on Tuesday night before falling 50-34 to the Lightning in both teams’ season-opening basketball game.
Quincy plays its first conference game of the season Saturday at Ephrata starting at 7:15 p.m. Jacks coach Wade Petersen expects Ephrata to be another tough opponent.
“They will play fast and they like to shoot threes,” he said. “We will have to keep them from getting good three-point looks.”
Three-point shots weren’t kind to Quincy against La Salle. Several long shots by the Jacks seemed to be going down before rimming out.
Still, Petersen’s crew clawed its way back from a 16-8 deficit after a quarter. The Jacks outscored La Salle 9-8 in the second quarter to pull within 25-18 at halftime.
Things got more exciting early in the third quarter. Quincy senior center Daniel Garcia hit a bank shot to make it 28-22, and teammate Johan Farias followed with a free throw to cut La Salle’s lead to 28-23 with 3:48 left in the period.
La Salle answered with a three-point shot, but Garcia sank a layup on an assist from Farias to make it 31-25 entering the final eight minutes. That’s when La Salle ran off six unanswered points to get some breathing room with a 37-25 lead.
Senior guard Nick Lopez canned a three-point shot to make it 37-28 with 5:05 to play, but the Jacks couldn’t get closer as La Salle slowly pulled away down the stretch. The Jacks had to foul late in the game and the Lightning made enough to thwart any comeback hopes.
“We couldn’t hit a shot,” Petersen said after the game, adding his players took some bad shots. “But I was proud we were able to fight and keep it a game.”
Farias paced Quincy’s offensive attack with 13 points. Garcia and Gunnar Petersen each added six points. Besides Lopez, the Jacks’ Petersen, Rafa Guzman and Daniel Chavez all hit three-point shots during the game.
Quincy players hustled all game long and dogged La Salle with tenacious defense, holding the Lightning to just six points in the third quarter. But as the coach said, “We just couldn’t get over the hump.”
Score by quarters:
La Salle 16 9 6 19 — 50
Quincy 8 10 7 9 — 34
Quincy scoring — Guzman 3 points, Lopez 3, Petersen 6, Farias 13, Chavez 3, Garcia 6.


— By Steve Kadel,

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