Tigers maul Jacks, 71-31
Displaying effort, but ultimately succumbing to their opponent and their own cold shooting, the Quincy Jacks’ boys basketball team dropped a home game to archrival Ephrata 71-31 on Dec. 19.
The Jacks kept it close in the first quarter and had 22 points at the half, one fewer than their game total against Ellensburg on Dec. 14.
“I was pretty happy with the effort,” head coach Scott Bierlink said, “and the way we moved the ball in the first half.”
Ephrata pulled away in the second half, aided by a cold spell of Quincy shooting.
The Jacks only scored nine points in the second half. The team got good looks, but just could not knock the shots down, Bierlink said.
Nevertheless, Bierlink praised his charges for putting forth a good effort against the 5-4 Tigers.
“They played their tails off today,” he said of the Jacks. “You can’t fault their effort, for sure.”
Max Molina led the team with 18 points, followed by Felipe Zepeda with five, and Macario Vega with three points.
Izaac Solano had two points, Aidan Heikes had two, and Louis Merred had one.
“We are going to spend some time in practice, shooting a lot more. We’ll try to work through this and get the guys some confidence,” he said.
Ephrata’s Joshua Benthem led the Tigers with 14 points. Two more players scored 13 points each.
For some of the Jacks, this was their first varsity experience playing Ephrata in a full gym.
“They were ready for the start of the game, they answered the call, we just could not keep up with them,” Bierlink said of his players.
Next up for the Jacks is a scrappy Othello squad (1-6 overall, 1-5 in league) coming to town on Dec. 21 at 7:15 p.m.
“If we can come out and play with this kind of effort, I think we have a chance to continue to improve and get better,” Bierlink said.
The loss dropped the Jacks’ 2018 record to 0-9.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com