Jackrabbits shock Red Devils
The Jacks did the unthinkable over the weekend. On Friday they lost to Othello, the CWAC’s lone winless team. But did a 180 the following night. On Saturday, they came home and defeated East Valley, the second-best team in the CWAC.
Quincy (4-9) is turning out to be one of those unpredictable teams, which has the capability to beat anyone, but conversely lose to anyone. After the overtime loss to the basement dwelling Huskies (1-12), Quincy used the sting of the loss to battle the Red Devils (10-3) on Saturday.
“I think we were mad,” said junior Johan Farias. “They are the second-best team in the league and they looked at us like we were nothing.”
The Jacks lost in overtime to Othello 53-51. Coach Wade Petersen said the Huskies are better than their record.
“To me Othello is a good team,” he said.
The Jacks hit the road this weekend with trips to Grandview (6-7) on Friday and Ellensburg (9-4) on Saturday.
Quincy 44, East Valley 43
The Jacks fell behind in the first quarter 17-6 and appeared to fall into the usual pattern of late. But the offense picked up and Quincy entered the break down 30-20. Then the defense kicked into high gear in the third quarter and Quincy outscored the Red Devils 14-4.
“We talked about energy and effort,” Farias said. “We played great defense in the third.”
The Jacks knotted the game at 34-34 at the end of the third quarter after a bucket by Kevin Flores (12 points, two rebounds).
The fourth quarter was a seesaw battle, but Flores scored six of his points in the frame and Mark Horning came up big on both sides of the ball. The junior had 10 points, seven rebounds and took two charges. Mike Diaz added four points, eight rebounds and three assists, while Farias had seven points, six rebounds and five assists.
Othello took a late 43-40 lead after a three-pointer with 35 seconds to go, but Flores hit a layin to pull the Jacks within 43-42 with 24 seconds to go. A turnover by the Jacks gave the ball to the Huskies and Quincy had to foul, but Anthony Navarro missed the front end and sophomore Daniel Chavez (four points, three rebounds) got the rebound with 17 seconds to go.
The Jacks got the ball in the hands of Farias, who drew the foul. He made both free throws with under eight seconds to play. The Red Devils had one final shot that bounced off the rim as time expired.
“They were big free throws when we needed them,” said coach Wade Petersen.
-Kurtis J. Woodemail@example.com