Boys basketball preview: Moline (13-9, 1-4 Big 6) at Galesburg (13-11, 4-1 Big 6)


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Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2013, 9:24 pm
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By Steve Tappa, stappa@qconline.com
Tonight: 7:30 at Galesburg's John Thiel Gymnasium. Sophomores start at 6. Twitter updates: SteveTappa_DA.

Saturday: Galesburg is off; Moline hosts the QC-Wheaton Shootout at Wharton Fieldhouse. The Maroons meet former Alleman coach Bob Szorc and Wheaton Warrenville South (5-13) in the day's last of three games at 7:30 p.m.

Starting lineups
Moline:
G: Drew Owens, 6-0, Sr. (9.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg); Jed Wood, 6-0, Sr. (9.5, 2.2); & Tyler Biscontine, 5-10, Soph. (11.2, 1.7); F: Derrick Stabler, 6-4 Sr. (6.1, 3.1) & Brandon Vice, 6-6, Jr. (9.8, 7.0).

Galesburg: G: Travon Diggins, 5-10, Sr. (7.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg); Ethan Meeker, 6-0, Fr. (7.8, 1.4); & Carson Cheesman, 6-1, Sr. (0.8, 1.0); F: Grant Gibson, 6-2, Soph. (21.2, 6.7) & Ryan Carl, 6-5, Sr. (3.3, 3.0).

Why watch: The second half of the Western Big 6 Conference season tips off with Galesburg a game behind league-leader Quincy. The Silver Streaks scored a 63-53 win at Moline on Nov. 30 with Gibson enjoying game-highs in points (38) and rebounds (11). "We're in the mix, but we know if we want to stay in the conversation, we can't let down," Galesburg coach Mike Reynolds said. ... Sophomore Mitch Reeves, a starter since Christmas for the Maroons, is questionable with a shoulder injury suffered Wednesday during practice. Moline coach Jeff Schimmel said the trainers' diagnosis is a severe bruise, with Reeves unable to lift his arm above his shoulder despite icing the injury. ... Stabler re-enters the starting lineup for Moline, with Schimmel looking for increased bench contributions from Josh Larsen, Bryan Brinker and Tanner Logan. ... Both teams hosted Martin Luther King Tournaments last Saturday and Monday so this marks a short work week for each. ... Gibson already has eclipsed the 500-point mark for the season. Moline's top two scorers, Vice (216) and Owens (213), have yet to get their together.

Moline's Schimmel: "Find Grant Gibson. Those three words are all anybody needs to know. As if we didn't already know that before we played them last time, we have to find a way to limit him. He's going to get his share, but we can't let him get those rebounds and putbacks on top of that. Their place is always a tough place to play. We can't let (Gibson) make it any tougher."

Galesburg's Reynolds: "We beat Moline the first time around, but they're a lot better since then. Biscontine has added scoring for them, so they're not as prone to those long droughts that were plaguing them before. He also helps their team because he's allowed Owens and Wood to return to their natural positions on the wing, so their flow is a lot better. They're balanced and dangerous. I wouldn't be surprised if they're the team that goes 4-1 in the second half."
-- By Steve Tappa, stappa@qconline.com
















 




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