Struble, Moline find shooting stroke in road win

Posted Online: Jan. 05, 2013, 9:45 pm
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By Daniel Makarewicz,
FREEPORT -- In a moment in which the Moline boys' basketball team needed some clutch shooting, Devin Struble found his form.

The rest of the Maroons then followed his lead.

Struble's made jump shot inside the 3-point arc from the left corner midway through the third quarter on Saturday night ignited a Moline run that featured sizzling shooting and nearly flawless play. After the basket from the senior forward, the Maroons hit 11 of their final 15 shot attempts in a 47-30 nonconference victory over Freeport.

"I don't know where they came from," Struble said. "When they called my name, I was ready to put them in."

Leading 19-16 halfway through the third, Struble connected from the outside to extend the lead to five points. After that basket, Moline (8-7) received two buckets from Derrick Stabler and another from Vashaun Newman on the next three possessions to increase the margin to 27-21 with 90 seconds left.

For an encore, Struble ended the quarter with a 3-pointer from the right wing and a layup off an inbounds pass to push the Maroons' advantage to 32-21 heading into the fourth.

"Devin is a pretty good shooter. He gave us a nice spark," Moline coach Jeff Schimmel said. "And it gets contagious."

Before Struble's first basket, Moline was shooting 40 percent (eight of 20) from the field. After that, it made 12 of its final 18 shot attempts.

"Everything seemed like it was going in," Struble said. "It was fun to watch."

During one stretch, the Maroons scored on 10 consecutive possessions and hit seven shots in a row to build a 36-21 lead early in the fourth.

Keep in mind that they scored 13 points in the first half.

In the third quarter alone, they scored 19.

"I wouldn't say they were bad shots in the first half -- they just weren't going in," said Schimmel, whose team shot five of 17 from the field in that span. "We concentrated on getting the ball inside and getting higher-percentage shots."

With an emphasis on penetrating the lane and making the extra pass, Moline lived in the paint throughout the second half. Brandon Vice, plagued by foul trouble in the first half, scored 10 points - all coming within eight feet of the basket -- in the final two quarters and Drew Owens had 10 assists in that time.

However, Schimmel praised the performance of the Moline bench for turning a 13-all halftime score into a double-digit win.Struble and Tyler Biscontine each had seven points, and Josh Larsen added six rebounds and three points. All three played a reserve role for the Maroons, who received 22 points from their bench.

"We need games like that where guys give us a spark," Schimmel said. "Every team wants those guys who are ready to come off the bench."

One bench player helped set the tone for Moline's fifth win in six games.

"It was great," Struble said. "Everybody was knocking down shots, rebounding and taking care of the ball. We were doing everything we needed to do."


Local events heading

  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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