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Posted on Jan 8, 2020

Tigers pull away from Jacks in second half

The Jacks basketball team fell to rival Ephrata 73-32 on the road on Friday, Jan. 3.
Sophomores Saul Alvarez and Trey Bierlink led Quincy. Alvarez totaled eight points for the game and Bierlink nine points on three three-pointers.
With the loss, Quincy fell to 0-8 in CWAC league play (0-10 overall). The green and gold also dropped a game on the road in Othello the following day on Jan. 4, a 61-40 loss.
Against the Tigers on Friday, the home team jumped out to an early 7-0 lead before the Jacks settled in and recovered with a few baskets of their own. The teams traded scores for the final moments and the buzzer sounded with the Jacks facing a 6-11 deficit.

Above, Marcario Vega (23) drives the baseline.
Photos by Miles King/Post-Register

The green and gold continued to battle in the second quarter, nailing a three-pointer to start off their scoring. Unfortunately for the Jacks, Ephrata downed two three-point shots themselves in the quarter and the Tigers outscored Quincy 13-to-9. Still, the green and gold went into the half only down nine points.
The Jacks remained competitive in the third quarter nailing two shots from beyond the arc in the period, but the Tigers countered with a 4-to-0 run and another 6-to-0 run to create some separation. The Tigers took a 42-25 lead into the fourth.
“When we’re down 10, 12, 15 and we need to get a bucket, we just can’t seem to get a bucket,” Head Coach Scott Bierlink said. “When we need to get that big stop, we just can’t seem to get it.”
Any chance of a Quincy comeback was quickly smashed early in the fourth quarter as the home team put together 18-straight points to take an insurmountable 60-25 lead. The green and gold finally got on the board late in the quarter with a pair of free throws and finished their scoring with a three-pointer to bring their total to 32 for the game.
“When it goes off the rails, it’s pretty bad,” Bierlink said. “We just can’t seem to get out of our own way.”
The Jacks return to action on Friday, Jan. 10 against Toppenish at home.

By Miles King sports@qvpr.com