Jacks drop two league games
The Quincy Jacks followed a listless performance against Grandview on Dec. 7 at home with a better showing against Prosser on the road.
Alas, both games ended in losses for the still-winless Jacks. Grandview took the first game 70-29 and Prosser took the second one 66-33.
“(On Dec. 7) we came out flat,” said Quincy head coach Scott Bierlink. “We were just not ready to play and it snowballed on us and we could never get into it.”
On Saturday, the team played much harder and smarter. Despite the loss, Bierlink said he was proud of his team’s effort.
Asked what it will take to put in that kind of effort every game and not every other game, Bierlink said the work has to start during practice.
“We have been focused on going game-speed on everything we do,” he said.
Statistics for either game weren’t available prior to press time.
Asked whether having six games in 12 days was a factor, Bierlink said he did not like to make excuses but it may have played a factor.
“I was talking to a coaching buddy of mine in Royal City and I asked him, ‘How many games have you played?’ and he said ‘One game.’ I told him, ‘We have played six.’”
Next up for the Jacks is a back-to-back slate of games, Dec. 14 at Wapato and Dec. 15 at Ellensburg.
Wapato has a first-year coach like Quincy, and it’s a team that brings a relentless style of play to the court.
“They have been a good team and they still are this year,” Bierlink said.
Ellensburg brings size, with 6’6” standout Steele Venters, who’s actually listed as 6’7” on the conference’s website.
“He’s really talented,” Bierlink said. “We are going to have our hands full. They got a couple of guys who are 6’3”, 6’4”, so we will have to be ready to rock and roll.”
Tipoff for both games is at 7:15 p.m.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com