Posted Online: Feb. 14, 2013, 7:02 pm
Quincy (16-7, 6-2 WB6) at Alleman (6-16, 1-7 WB6)
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By Marc Nesseler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonight: Alleman, last in the Western Big 6 Conference, will try to upset Quincy, tied for first, at Alleman's Don Morris Gym, at 7:30, following the sophomore game at 6.
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On Saturday: Both teams are idle.
Quincy: F: Connor Mellon, 6-3, Jr. (6.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg); C: Jason Salrin, 6-7, Sr. (5.7, 8.0); G: Martin Kvitle, 6-3, Sr. (16.3, 4.0), Mason Fairley, 5-11, Sr. (6.4, 3.9) and Zach Burry, 6-1, Jr. (4.3, 0.9).
Alleman: F: Joe Boland, 6-0, Sr. (0.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg) & Aaron Murray, 6-1, Jr. (2.4, 2.2); G: Adam Hoogerwerf, 5-11, Sr. (11.3, 4.0), Kevin O'Keeffe, 6-0, Jr. (7.6, 3.9) and Sam Pirmann, 6-2, Sr. (2.1, 3.0).
Why watch: This game is about which team can right its ship, and do so at Morris Gym, which has been a tough place for Big 6 opponents to play. Alleman has lost seven in a row, and has struggled offensively, its per-game average falling five points per game in that stretch. Quincy has lost three of its last four, breaking a three-game skid on Saturday with a 43-32 win over Jacksonville. … In their first meeting, the Blue Devils won 58-40 at Quincy in a game that was a 10-point spread until fourth-quarter free throws stretched it out. … Alleman has two of its top reserves available tonight with the return of Alec Diab (flu) and Joey Mihm (ineligible last week). Diab tops the team in rebounding with 4.9 per game, and Mihm is the Pioneers' No. 3 scorer with 6.5 ppg. ... Aaron Murray had his most productive game of the season in getting his first start. His scoring average went from 1.9 to 2.4 and his rebound average from 1.8 to 2.2. … The Devils, too, were without a usual starter in their two games last weekend. Cole Abbey, their No. 2 scorer, did not play and is out for the season for academic reasons. Alleman coach Pat Rangel feels that will allow his team to focus more on Kvitle and Fairley in hopes of keeping the Blue Devils in check ... This is the first time since the 2004-05 season Quincy has finished the league race with back-to-back road games. The Blue Devils won at Galesburg and at Moline that season. ... Zach Burry made just four 3-pointers before being inserted into the starting lineup in January. Since then, he has made 16 treys and is Quincy's most consistent outside shooter.
Alleman coach Pat Rangel: "Right now, we're looking for consistency, and this group (of starters) is getting the job done with everybody else available to play. Honestly, we're looking for a win; we believe we can come out on top playing at home. Quincy is going to be a tough opponent coming off that loss to Moline. You never want to get a team like that coming off a loss because they will be raring to go. ... Whoever comes out with the most intensity and makes the fewest mistakes -- we have to handle their pressure -- has the best chance of winning.''