Scouting Report: Quincy vs. Grandview
Game: 7:15 p.m., Jan. 23, at home
Saturday’s basketball game with Grandview is a key contest for the Jacks (5-6 in the Central Washington Athletic Conference entering the week) as they try to hold onto sixth place in league standings – the last spot that qualifies for post-season play. Grandview was close behind at 5-7 entering this week’s action.
Greyhounds coach Glenn Braman will bring a relatively young team to Quincy. There are five seniors on the roster, but one of them (Miguel Moreno) won’t be playing due to an injury. Only one of the seniors, Jacob Mendoza, is among the starting five.
“Jacob is an all-around player for us,” Braman said. “He shoots and defends, and he assists well. He’s like our team captain, and he works hard every day.”
Marc Martinez, a 6-foot-1 point guard, is another hard worker who seems plenty of game time.
“He’s long and athletic,” Braman said. “He’s one of those do-it-all guys – he scores, rebounds, assists and defends really well. He makes every practice like a game. When other people have taken a lesser work ethic, Marc has shown all year he want to be there and grow.”
When the first-year player got a chance to start earlier this season, he posted 13 points and nine rebounds, prompting the coach to give him more playing time.
“He brought a lot of stuff to us,” Braman said. “If we can get some growth from him he should be a strong player for us next year.
“All of our guys play. They are pretty much interchangeable. We don’t have any big post kids who play with their back to the basket, but almost all of our kids shoot the three, and some can play all five positions on the court. We can mix and match pretty well.”
Grandview can score points when it has to. The evidence came Dec. 11 when the Greyhounds lost a 110-106 game against Wapato. Grandview followed a week later by dropping Quincy, 59-53.
Braman just shakes his head at the conference’s competitiveness this season.
“The top three teams in league are a number of games ahead of us,” he said, referring to Selah, Wapato and Ellensburg. “They will probably end up one, two and three in some order. Then there are six teams after that fighting for the last three (playoff) spots.
“Prosser has separated itself a little. Then it comes down to five teams for two spots. The way everybody is beating everybody this year, I don’t want to say anything until it plays out.”
— By Steve Kadel, firstname.lastname@example.org