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Posted on Jan 21, 2019

Quincy boys hoops team plays Prosser tough

Quincy’s boys basketball team hung tough against the Prosser Mustangs on Dec. 12, before losing 63-42.
The Jacks led for parts of the first quarter and showed signs of improvement against the 9-4 Mustangs, who beat Quincy by 33 points in December.
“I’m sure Prosser, coming off a big win [against league-leading Ellensburg on Jan.11], they probably said, ‘Oh, it’s Quincy, they haven’t won a game,’ and we definitely got their attention out of the gate,” head coach Scott Bierlink said.
Turnovers and mental miscues cost the Jacks as the game wore on.
“We have been playing better for the last four or five games, and I tell the team ‘Our margin of error is really small; we can’t afford to turn the ball over or miss easy shots,’” Bierlink said. “We gotta get a couple of stops or a rebound and we just can’t seem to do that. When we need to get a bucket, we can’t get a bucket, so it’s a lot of little things that add up.”
Against Prosser, the Jacks’ Louis Merred had eight points and five rebounds, Adam Heikes with eight points and three steals.
The night before, the Jacks had remained competitive against the Grandview Greyhounds, but lost 72-47 on the road, showing some of the same symptoms, Bierlink said.
“It’s a combination of inexperience and mental mistakes,” he said. “But I’ve been proud of our guys, they have been playing a heck of a lot better for sure.” The growing pains are to be expected in a squad with only one starter with significant 2018 varsity experience, Max Molina, Bierlink added.
Against Grandview, Molina led the team with 16 points, followed by Heikes with nine and Felipe Zepeda with eight.
“We knew it was going to be a long season,” he said, “But they have been practicing really hard, they have been really coachable, and hopefully in the next couple of weeks, before the season winds down we can sneak a victory somewhere.”
Next up for the Jacks are two home games on Friday and Saturday against Wapato and Ellensburg.
The Wolves are third in league at 9-4 and the Bulldogs are first at 12-2.
Quincy is winless at 0-13, but they played Prosser tough, and Prosser beat Ellensburg by 10 points the night before, Bierlink said.
“The best two (Prosser) players had 48 [points] the night before against Ellensburg and we held them to 17,” Bierlink said.
On the other hand, Ellensburg has at least three players who are at least 6’4”.
In additiona, the Wapato Wolves has an experienced roster, with two sophomores and no freshmen.
Despite the tough season, the team keeps playing to sizeable home crowds. Bierlink thanked the people of Quincy for their support of his team.
“For a team that hasn’t won a game we have gotten some good crowds,” he said. “Part of that is due to the players, they compete and they play hard. They continue to battle and people enjoy watching that.”
He also praised the players for buying into a new system and a first-year head coach, including in his kudos the name of Chris Quintero, a senior who earned his first varsity minutes against Grandview.
“He had [four] rebounds in the fourth quarter alone, his first varsity bucket and two or three blocked shots,” Bierlink said. “He’s a great kid and he’s been a really bright spot.”
Quintero finished with six points, four rebounds and three blocks.
Tip-off against both Wapato and Ellensburg is at 7:15 p.m.

By Sebastian Moraga, sports@4n5.ecc.myftpupload.com