Quincy moves on to Cascade
Quincy High School’s boys basketball team is at home Thursday against Cascade of Leavenworth after playing two games on the road. For the Jacks’ senior center Daniel Garcia, the 7:15 p.m. game against the Kodiaks will be a bit of déjà vu.
“They are a run and gun team just like Ephrata,” he said.
On Saturday the Jacks led host Ephrata all game long – until the very last second. Quincy lost 41-40 on a last-second tip-in by Ephrata’s Cam Clark. The Jacks hit a pair of free throws to take a 40-39 lead just prior to Clark’s winning basket.
“It was a good game all the way,” said Mark Horning, also a Quincy senior center.
Asked about the last play, Horning said Clark wasn’t boxed out by a Quincy player when a teammate launched a three-point shot that bounced off the rim. Clark collected the rebound and went up for the clinching bucket.
“He had a clear path,” said Horning.
It was a disappointing loss after the Jacks appeared to have their first league victory in hand. Garcia was philosophical, though.
“We have to put it behind us and focus on the next game,” said Garcia, who led the team with 10 points against Ephrata while teammates Mark Horning and Daniel Chavez had eight points apiece.”
The team bounced back Tuesday to notch its first victory of the season. Coach Wade Petersen’s squad beat Othello 52-38 on the road to boost its season record to 1-2.
“We try to stress the importance of every possession,” he said. “That (Ephrata loss) was a tough one. Still, we have a long way to go this season.”
Petersen knows Cascade will bring height when it visits Quincy this week.
“They have a big kid, a 6-foot-6 senior,” he said. “They’ll play aggressively. They always do.”
The Jacks played at Othello on Tuesday.
Quincy stats vs. Ephrata
Scoring: Rafa Guzman, 2;
Gunnar Petersen, 2; Philip Tobin, 4; Johan Farias, 6; Daniel Chavez, 8; Mark Horning, 8; Daniel Garcia, 10.
Rebounds: Farias, 8.
— By Steve Kadel, email@example.com