Jacks surge past Kodiaks
The Jacks found their groove Tuesday in Leavenworth and picked up their first win of the season.
Quincy was able to defeat the Kodiaks 50-36 on the heels of an inspired defensive effort, especially coming out of the half.
“We opened up a lead in the third quarter by outscoring them 13-5,” said coach Wade Petersen. “They only had two baskets in that quarter. A really solid game overall for us. Great defense and good team basketball on offense.”
Phil Tobin led the charge on offense with 11 points and six rebounds, while Mike Diaz had eight points and nine rebounds. Mark Horning chipped in nine points and five rebounds.
Others: Kevin Flores eight points, four assists; Johan Farias six points, three assists.
LaSalle 50, Quincy 25
The Lightning (2-0) put the clamps on the Jacks in the non-league contest.
Diaz had eight points, while Horning and Flores each had five.
Ephrata 45, Quincy 35
Last Thursday’s rivalry game with Ephrata did not feature any sharpshooters or dominate players down low and through three quarters was a tightly contested Basin matchup.
However, there was a combined 55 fouls in the game, but it was the Tigers who overcame all the whistles for a 45-35 win. In fact, it was Tiger point guard Josh Johnson (15 points), who scored 10 of his game-high 15 points in the final frame.
“Josh was huge, but our depth was too,” said Tiger coach Brandon Evenson.
This was the Central Washington Athletic Conference opener for both squads and the atmosphere, at least on the visitor’s side, had more of a championship feel. The Ephrata fans were loud, proud and may have been the difference down the stretch.
“Yeah they are a pretty neat 6th man,” said Evenson. “They take pride in cheering and giving us energy. I think just the flow of the fourth was different and the crowd helped with that. Quincy is a tough defensive team and played well. They should be proud of their players and coaches!”
The Jacks led through the first half and leaned on the scoring of Flores (10 points) and Farias (12 points). The game was playing into the hands of the Jacks.
“The pace of the game was what I wanted,” said Quincy coach Wade Petersen.
But the wheels fell off when the game was knotted at 29-all with six and a half minutes to play. Mark Horning, who already had four fouls, stepped in front of Johnson and was whistled for a blocking foul and moments later a technical foul swung all momentum to the Tigers.
“When Mark got his fifth foul taking a charge and then (Rafael Guzman) got a technical for bouncing the ball,” said Petersen about the momentum swing into Ephrata’s favor. “(it was) four free throws for them and the ball.”
The Tigers closed out the game on a 16-6 run.
Others on the board for the Jacks were Eric Navarro (3), Tobin (3), Guzman (2), Diaz (2) and Horning (2). Diaz also had 10 rebounds.
Free throws: Quincy 8-of-18; Ephrata 20-for-40. Fouls: Quincy 30. Ephrata 25.
– Kurtis J. Wood, firstname.lastname@example.org