Efficient offense leads to easy victory for Blue Devils

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By Herald-Whig

Posted: Feb. 6, 2016 12:01 am Updated: Feb. 7, 2016 12:45 am

QUINCY — Andy Douglas uses two stats above all others when he judges how the Quincy High School boys basketball team has performed.

One is the number of deflections.

“That tells me how active we’re being defensively,” the second-year QHS coach said. “That’s a big one.”

The other is field goal percentage.

“It’s a true tell of how we’re doing defensively,” Douglas said. “Are we giving up open shots? Are we contesting shots? Are we limiting their opportunities on the offensive end?

“And how are we doing at sharing the ball and putting ourselves in good position to score?”

The Blue Devils were about as efficient at that Saturday night as they have been all season.

“That’s a good word for it,” Douglas said after the Blue Devils piled up 18 assists on 27 field goals in a 64-39 thumping of Collinsville at Blue Devil Gym. “Something we’ve talked about quite often is getting good looks, not just getting looks at shots.

“It’s a true test of unselfish when you set a screen for a guy so he gets a good look or you’re not worried about yourself scoring but you drive and kick for someone else to score.”

Senior Cameron Gay epitomized that before than anyone. He didn’t score and took one shot, but he led the Blue Devils with five assists. His off-the-ball movement was critical to the Blue Devils shooting 45 percent from the field and scoring 20 points in both the first and third quarters.

“Coach is always talking about how we need to play unselfish and how we need to look for the extra pass,” Gay said. “It’s something we always try to do.”

The Blue Devils (16-5) scored the game’s first five points, opened on a 13-3 run and never let the Kahoks get closer than four points in the second quarter. Quincy closed the first half on a 13-4 run to take a 35-22 lead into the locker room and pushed the advantage to as many as 20 points before limiting Collinsville to four points in the fourth quarter.

The efficient effort was predicated by off-the-ball movement.

“It makes it 10 times easier to score,” Gay said. “When you have other guys moving around, even if you have the ball and may be getting trapped, you know you can dish it off to them.”

The Blue Devils committed just six turnovers and owned a 37-29 edge on the glass, collecting nine offensive rebounds and scoring seven second-chance points. Garrett Gadeke recorded his first career double-double, grabbing 11 rebounds and scoring 10 points, while Jake Jobe scored a game-high 23 points while hitting 5 of 11 3-pointers.

Meanwhile, the Kahoks (9-14) struggled offensively. They shot 30.6 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from 3-point range. Ronnie Midgett, the junior guard who came in averaging 15.7 points, finished with just six points on 2-of-12 shooting from the field.

“As efficient as we were on offense, I really liked how active we were on defense,” Douglas said. “It was a solid effort.”

Still up for grabs: Gadeke’s key plays help Blue Devils finish Rocks, stay in WB6 hunt

AR-302069957By Matt Schuckman Herald-Whig

Posted: Feb. 6, 2016 1:20 am

QUINCY — Garrett Gadeke watched enough video of the Rock Island boys basketball team to know which baseline inbounds play the Rocks tended to run in crucial situations.

“Everyone has a go-to out-of-bounds play,” the Quincy High School junior forward said. “That’s their play.”

Although Gadeke knew it, he was a half-step late in stopping it when Rock Island ran it in the first half Friday night.

“I got a finger on it,” Gadeke said. “So close.”

He got more than a finger on it the last time they ran it.

Coming out of a timeout with 1 minute, 9 seconds remaining in regulation and Quincy leading 52-50, Rock Island tried to slip Lacey Watson into the lane for a potential tying basket. Gadeke took the play away, stole the pass and handed off to teammate Mike Dade.

The senior point guard split two pairs of free throws in the final seconds, the last coming with 5.3 seconds remaining to seal the Blue Devils’ 53-50 victory at Blue Devil Gym and keeping Quincy in the Western Big Six Conference title chase. The Blue Devils (15-5, 5-2 WB6) remain two games behind Galesburg, but they are now alone in second place with three games remaining.

Rock Island (14-6, 4-3) has to hope Galesburg loses its final three games to and Quincy loses at least one to forge a tie, otherwise the Rocks’ run of six straight WB6 titles is over.

“(Assistant coach Doug) Bruner said earlier in the week this is conference elimination week,” Gadeke said. “That really got to us.”

The title chase wasn’t on the Blue Devils’ minds when a 10-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter evaporated.

Rock Island’s CJ Neville and Jason Jones combined to make three consecutive 3-pointers in the middle of the fourth quarter, tying the game at 48 with 3:44 to go. Less than 30 seconds later, Jones stole the ball in the backcourt and converted an uncontested layup for the Rocks’ first lead since Neville scored the first basket of the game.

The Blue Devils committed six turnovers in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter.

“We let Rock Island speed us up with their press,” Dade said. “We thought we had to keep up with them. But we got in the huddle, talked to each and really grounded ourselves at that point.”

Dade split a pair of free throws with three minutes remaining, leaving the Blue Devils down 50-49. They locked in defensively on the next three possessions, getting a blocked shot by Parker Bland, a one-and-done on a missed 3-pointer by Jones and a steal by Dade.

That led to a transition basket as Gadeke finished from the right block for a a 51-50 lead with 1:42 to go.

It was just his second field goal of the game as he finished with more steals (three) and rebounds (three).

“Garrett is a quiet assassin,” Quincy coach Andy Douglas said. “He doesn’t need to stand out with points because he does everything else. That’s a special part about a high school player when you’re unselfish and don’t care about the credit.

“But when he needs to make plays, he’s more than capable.”

That was clearly the case at the defensive end, where Gadeke picked up his critical steal on Rock Island’s next possession,

“There wasn’t a whole of time and they’re looking for a quick bucket,” Gadeke said. “As I saw them start to move, I thought that was the play they were running. So I just stepped over and he threw it right in my hands.”

All that was left was for Dade to make his free throws. With Quincy up 52-50, Dade missed the first of two free throws before Rock Island coach Thom Sigel called a timeout. Dade confidently made the second free throw to ensure a 3-pointer wouldn’t beat the Blue Devils.

The Rocks got off a desperation 3-point attempt from inside the half-court stripe that didn’t come close as time expired.

“I knew once I missed the first one I still had a chance to make it where we were safe,” said Dade, who scored three points, all in the fourth quarter from the free-throw line. “They could make a three, we could go into overtime and we could still buy ourself time. So it was big to hit that second one, and fortunately it sealed the game.”

Shoot forces overtime, but QHS falls to Columbia Hickman


Posted: Jan. 30, 2016 10:40 pm

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Aaron Shoot lived up to his namesake.

The Quincy High School boys basketball team trailed by three points with 3.2 seconds remaining and was inbounding the ball underneath its own basket. Shoot rolled off a screen into the near corner, took a pass from guard Mike Dade and hoisted up a double-clutched shot over two Columbia Hickman defenders to bank a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

QHS, however, couldn’t carry that momentum into the extra session, falling 59-57 Saturday afternoon.

“It was a tough loss,” QHS coach Andy Douglas said. “But these kids will put this game behind them and focus on a big conference game against Rocky next weekend.”

Shoot said he tried to get the hickman defender into the air, but he didn’t bite on the fake.

“So I just did my best to get the ball to the basket,” Shoot said.

It came as no surprise to the Blue Devils that Shoot buried the shot.

“The kid’s last name is Shoot, so that’s what we expect from him,” Dade said. “We have a ton of confidence in Aaron, and I knew once I got the ball to him that we had a great chance to tie things up.”

The Kewpies outscored the Blue Devils 4-2 in the four-minute overtime period. Shoot made two free throws for Quincy’s only points, and Hickman’s Calvin Hubbard made two free throws with 3.3 seconds left accounted for the game’s final points.

Shoot’s desperation 3-pointer at the end didn’t fall.

It didn’t look like QHS (14-5) was going to have a chance to win, let alone force overtime dramatically, after a slow start. The Blue Devils missed 12 of 14 shots in the opening quarter and trailed 16-7.

That deficit extended to 22-9 as Hickman’s Judante’ Sutton buried his third 3-pointer early in the second quarter.

The Blue Devils, however, went on an 11-0 run as Parker Bland scored six points and Cameron Gay added five to cut the deficit to 26-24 with less than 30 seconds left in the half. A 3-pointer by Shoot in the final moments was blocked, and Hickman’s Aiden Rolley scored as time expired to give the Kewpies a 28-24 halftime advantage.

“That was a tough break heading into the half,” Douglas said.

QHS took its first lead when Dade scored a layin with 5:48 left in the third. The Blue Devils had their largest lead 39-33 when Devin Smith buried a 3-pointer with 1:15 left in the third.

Hickman (10-9), however, made 13 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter to whittle away and regain the lead with 1:52 to play.

Dade led QHS with 18 points while Bland added 14. Shoot had 11 points.

QHS returns to Western Big Six Conference play Friday with a home game against Rock Island. QHS turns around the following night to host Collinsville to play a game that was postponed earlier this month.

Dade, Devils come out on fire, roll to Western Big Six victory

AR-301309975By David Adam Herald-Whig

Posted: Jan. 30, 2016 12:01 am

QUINCY — Quiz: Which of the following statements is true?

  1. Mike Dade was on fire in the first quarter, making all three of his shots and scoring nine points to stake the Quincy High School boys basketball team to a 19-8 lead.
  2. Mike Dade was nearly caught on fire before the first quarter.

Answer: Both A and B.

Fortunately, Dade escaped any damage, and the Blue Devils used a 15-0 run in the third quarter on Friday night to put away Rock Island Alleman 56-35 in a Western Big Six Conference game at Blue Devil Gym.

The Blue Devils (14-4, 4-2 WB6) played without leading scorer Jacob Jobe, who was sidelined for what Quincy coach Andy Douglas termed “a violation of team rules.” The Blue Devils nearly lost Dade, their third leading scorer, in the pregame ceremony.

As Blue Devil mascot Nathan Mosley paraded with a flaming pitchfork along the baseline near the QHS bench, he nearly collided with Dade.

“I couldn’t read which was he was coming,” Dade said. “My life flashed before my eyes.”

Douglas saw the near-crash develop and couldn’t react fast enough.

“(Mosley) was running along the baseline and took one of his leaps, and he almost speared Mike,” Douglas said with a laugh. “It would have been the first time in school history that the Blue Devil would have played in the game, because I’d have suited him up for Mike.”

Dade helped the hosts take a big lead as expected over an Alleman team that was without its coach, Patrick Rangel, who is serving a three-game suspension. The Blue Devils forced seven turnovers in the first quarter and eight more in the second quarter.

“(Quincy’s) quickness really overtook us at the start of the game,” Alleman assistant coach Ryan Kelly said. “They play with a lot of quickness and excitement on their home floor.”

Douglas unveiled the press for the first time last week against Batavia and is pleased with how it has worked so far.

“It’s something we want to try to push in a little at a time,” he said. “We just have the type of team that can play it really well.”

However, the Blue Devils missed 10 of 13 shots in the second quarter — many of them from close range — and led just 28-20 at halftime. Parker Bland said the absence of Jobe allowed the Pioneers to clog up the middle.

“Jake’s always a 3-point threat, and that opens things up down low,” Bland said. “Tonight, we didn’t have that, and we had to be physical.”

Alleman scored the first basket of the third quarter when Jacob Sheldon made a layup at the 5:48 mark, and the Blue Devils were scoreless for the first 2 1/2 minutes. Kelly thought his team still had a shot.

“We went into halftime feeling all right with where we were,” Kelly said. “If we took care of some things, I thought we might be OK, and we came out and got four or five stops — but we only got the one bucket.”

Quincy’s scoreless drought ended when Garrett Gadeke scored on a dish from Dade, and then the floodgates opened. Gadeke had seven points, while Bland, Dade, Carson Gay and Cameron Gay all contributed baskets in that big run which put QHS ahead 43-20. Alleman didn’t score again until Ivan Morrow’s 3-pointer with 52 seconds left in the quarter.

“One of our main points of emphasis is coming out and winning the first three minutes of the third quarter,” Dade said. “Part of you is like, ‘We should be playing better,’ but you have to stay persistent.”

Alleman got no closer than 16 points in the fourth quarter.

Bland finished with 16 points, Dade added 15 and Cameron Gay had 11. Peter Mihm had eight points for Alleman, which ended with 22 turnovers.

The next time the Blue Devils play at home, expect Dade to have his head on a swivel during the pregame ceremony.

“I’m going to stay near my team next time,” he said. “If (Mosley) takes me out, he’s taking everybody out.”


Sophomore game at 6:00 Varsity game at 7:30

Friday, January 29th the Blue Devil basketball team will help raise money for St. Jude.  We will have donation buckets near the concession area for a free will donation.  We will also donate our 1/2 of the 50/50 raffle to the cause as well.  Lastly we will have a Blue Devil chair that was used for quite some time that we will auction off with proceeds going to St. Jude.  Please come and show your support.

We all have been touched by this terrible disease in one way or another.  Help fight the battle against it as we raise money for a great cause!

Blue Devils turn up defensive pressure in second half in victory over Batavia

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By Mat Mikesell Herald-Whig

Posted: Jan. 24, 2016 12:25 am

QUINCY — After scoring less than 20 points in the first half for the second consecutive night, Quincy High School

boys basketball coach Andy Douglas knew the Blue Devils needed an adjustment.

He went with something Quincy hadn’t done this season.

The Blue Devils opened the third quarter in a full-court press, which resulted in Batavia committing 12 second-half turnovers as Quincy grabbed a 50-38 victory Saturday night at Blue Devil Gym.

“We put that press in earlier this week in practice,” junior forward Parker Bland said. “We were actually iffy about applying it in games or not. We hadn’t really run it against our full lineup.”

But after Quincy (13-4) used a 10-2 run to end the first half and grab an 18-17 lead, Douglas saw it as the perfect time to try it.

“It had to be at the right time and I thought we were,” Douglas said. “We were comfortable enough to go ahead and apply it and extend some pressure.”

It worked immediately.

Batavia (14-7) started the third quarter with two straight turnovers that resulted in layins by senior guard Mike Dade and Bland to extend the lead to five points. QHS went back to the press late in third quarter, which sparked a 9-0 run.

A turnover led to a corner 3-pointer by Dade with 2 minutes, 22 seconds left in the quarter. Batavia turned the ball over on its ensuing possession, which resulted in senior guard Jacob Jobe completing a three-point play. Jobe stole the ball two possessions later, and found Bland on a pick-and-roll for another three-point play opportunity.

“We wanted to pressure their guards a little more,” Douglas said. “I thought we were able to get some turnovers, get some deflections and turn those into baskets the other way for us.”

The Bulldogs struggled taking care of the ball — they committed 18 turnovers overall — which created more possessions for the Blue Devils. Quincy recorded nine steals in the second half.

Quincy’s pressure was an extension of its halfcourt press, but was still something Batavia hadn’t seen.

“It might have caught them off guard,” junior forward Garrett Gadeke said. “We got some turnovers, got some deflections and that turned into fastbreak points for us.”

It also helped Quincy get out of its scoring funk.

The Blue Devils scored just 35 points Friday night in its Western Big Six Conference victory over Moline. Quincy scored 32 points in the second half against Batavia.

“In the back of our minds, that was there a little bit because we’re seeing shots not falling,” Dade said. “But they were the shots we wanted and usually make so we weren’t stressing too much about it.”

Quincy didn’t get its first field goal until Jobe beat his defender and drove for a dunk with 4:40 left in the first quarter.

Sophomore guard Aaron Shoot had a layin a minute later to extend Quincy’s lead to 6-2.

Batavia, however, answered with a 10-2 run heading into the second quarter. A 3-pointer by guard Eric Peterson gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead at 15-8 with 5:13 left in the half.

But back-to-back baskets by Gadeke and layins by Shoot, Smith and Bland helped the Blue Devils take a lead into halftime.

Quincy never trailed in the second half and led by as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter. The Blue Devils shot 63.1 percent in the second half and dished out five assists.

“Being able to put that press in and have success helped our mindset,” said Bland, who led Quincy with 15 points and seven rebounds. “We did a really good job of taking what coach taught us and applying it.”

It gives Douglas confidence to use the press again.

“We’re at a good place now defensively,” Douglas said. “I think it’s something we’ll use because we can and because of our quickness to give us more possessions.”

Ugly But Effective: Blue Devils overcome shooting woes in first home game of 2016

AR-301239942By Eric Stratman Herald-Whig

Posted: Jan. 23, 2016 1:50 am

QUINCY — Playing its first home game in more than a month, the Quincy High School boy’s basketball team wanted to give the hometown crowd something to cheer about.

A 35-34 victory over Western Big Six Conference foe Moline accomplished that, but don’t expect QHS coach Andy Douglas or the Blue Devils to be satisfied with the effort.

“Ugly basketball” was the common phrase among the players and coaches in the locker room after the game.

Maybe the best thing about Saturday night’s game against Batavia is that it will quickly erase the memory of Friday night’s game.

“You never want to sit on a game like this, and I’m glad we’re playing again tomorrow,” Douglas said. “This team has been very good at putting games like tonight behind us.”

The game wasn’t pretty, but the victory allowed the Blue Devils to stay in contention for a conference championship and also preserved their perfect record after seven home games this season.

“Maybe playing at home had a little to do with our play tonight, wanting to come out and put on a good show for the hometown crowd,” Douglas said.

QHS (12-4, 3-2 WB6) trailed 32-29 when Michael Dade scored back-to-back baskets, the second of which coming with 1:51 remaining in the game. Neither team would score again until Garrett Gadeke converted a pair of free throws with 20.7 seconds remaining, giving the Blue Devils a 35-32 lead.

Moline’s Anfernee Crompton attempted to tie the game with a 3-pointer from the wing, but the shot was long and Mitchell Owens grabbed the loose ball for the Maroons. He was fouled with 10.9 seconds remaining, and he made both free throws to make the score 35-34.

After timeouts by both teams, QHS inbounded the ball to Aaron Shoot, who was double teamed in the corner. Shoot managed to escape the double team, but his pass slipped through Dade’s hands and resulted in a jump ball with 4.9 seconds remaining.

Moline had the possession arrow point its way, and it had the ball under its own basket, but Crompton’s 3-pointer from the corner was short.

The Blue Devils didn’t score for the first five minutes of the game. The Maroons (8-10, 1-4 WB6) jumped out to a 6-0 lead and threatened to put the Blue Devils in an even bigger hole when 6-foot-7 Andy McLaughlin had an open lane to the basket for an easy layup, but Parker Bland blocked the shot from behind and Shoot nailed a 3-pointer on the next possession to end the drought.

The Blue Devils trailed 9-7 after the first quarter. All of Quincy’s points came from reserves as Deven Smith scored a pair of baskets.

“Our job is to come in and give a spark, and I thought we did that tonight,” Smith said.

“Our bench play in the first half was crucial to the outcome of the game,” Douglas said. “They were decisive tonight and were ready to score when some of our regulars were a bit out of rhythm.”

Carson Gay gave the Blue Devils a boost in the second quarter at the front of their 1-2-2 zone defense, forcing Moline out of its deliberate offense and helping the Blue Devils get out in transition.

“Carson needs to be a guy who comes into the game and guards,” Douglas said. “He changes the game.”

Bland converted a pair of conventional three-point plays in the quarter giving the Blue Devils a 19-17 halftime lead.

Jacob Jobe, Quincy’s top scorer this season, attempted just one field goal as Moline had a man in his face the entire game.

“Jacob is going to see that the rest of the year,” Douglas said. “He has a huge X on his back.”

The teams combined to miss 24 of 27 3-point shots, and they were a combined 25 of 75 from the field.

QHS was led by Bland with 9 points. McLaughlin led the Maroons with 14 points and Crompton had 13.



Quincy’s Parker Bland feyes the basket against Galesburg’s Cody Hawthorne during Friday night’s game at John Thiel Gym in Galesburg. The Streaks defeated the Blue Devils 63-56. BILL NICE/WCI Sports

By Matt Schuckman Herald-Whig

Posted: Jan. 16, 2016 12:05 am

GALESBURG, Ill. — Where the momentum went and why everything fell apart offensively is something the Quincy High School boys basketball team is going to chew on for the next week.

So is the fact the Blue Devils lost a chance to be sitting atop the Western Big Six Conference.

Despite trailing from the start Friday night, Quincy systematically erased Galesburg’s double-digit advantage and eventually took a 45-44 lead heading into the fourth quarter. However, the Blue Devils went seven minutes without a field goal, turned the ball over five times and self-destructed in a 63-56 loss at Thiel Gym.

“We got it to a point we were in control, where we felt we could do it,” senior Mike Dade said. “We were fully capable, but we fell apart on the offensive side.”

The Blue Devils fell back in the WB6 title chase, too.

With state-ranked Rock Island getting upset at home by United Township, there could have been a three-way tie for first place. Instead, Galesburg (16-1, 4-0 WB6) sits in first place alone, with Rock Island a game behind and Quincy (11-4, 2-2 WB6) two games back.

“It hurts,” Dade said. “We had them right where we wanted them.”

There’s no question about that.

The Silver Streaks, ranked seventh in the Class 3A state poll, led 31-20 with 2 minutes, 31 seconds remaining in the second quarter before the Blue Devils closed the half on a 9-2 run and trailed only 33-29 at the break.

“They hit something like eight 3-pointers there,” Galesburg coach Mike Reynolds quipped.

Well, it was three, but Jake Jobe’s trey from the right corner with one second left in the half was the most damaging. On the previous possessions, Galesburg’s Ethan Meeker drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing, but he was called for traveling just before releasing the shot.

That six-point swing was crucial.

“You wanted to give yourself an opportunity,” said Quincy coach Andy Douglas, who got 18 points from Jobe and 11 from Dade. “That was the last thing we wrote on the board (in the locker room) and that was to take advantage of your opportunities. We had an opportunity.”

It didn’t look like the Blue Devils would let it get away.

Three different times in the first five minutes of the second half, Quincy cut its deficit to a single point and finally tied the game on Cameron Gay’s 3-pointer with 1:40 left in the third quarter.

Although Kivontay Shaw answered with a 3-pointer for Galesburg, Quincy scored the final four points of the quarter with Dade slipping to the basket and converting an Aaron Shoot pass into a layup for the 45-44 lead.

“We fought to get to that point,” Dade said. “We had our opportunity.”

The Blue Devils had the ball, too. Quincy opened the fourth quarter with possession and worked more than a minute off the clock before committing a turnover without ever getting a shot off.

Galesburg made it hurt as Meeker, who scored 18 points, drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing to take a 47-45 lead. Cody Hawthorne turned an offensive rebound into a layin on the Silver Streaks’ next possession and the Blue Devils never recovered.

“They went to another level,” Douglas said. “And after we took the lead, we dropped down a level or two.”

Quincy scored just three points the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter and didn’t make a field goal until Jobe followed his own missed 3-pointer with a putback with 46 seconds remaining in regulation. The Blue Devils trailed 58-50 at that point.

It was too late for a rally by then.

“We just didn’t execute well enough,” Douglas said. “This was a big game. This was against

Galesburg and would have given us the chance to be up there tied with them in the conference. But we didn’t get it done.

“We have some options now. You can hang your head and pout about it or go back to work. I know what type of team we have. I know what we’ll do.”

Jobe’s hot hand leads to 3-point records, third place for Blue Devils


By Matt Schuckman Herald-Whig

Posted: Dec. 31, 2015 1:20 am

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. — The possession before Jake Jobe knocked down his record-tying ninth 3-pointer, Quincy High School boys basketball coach Andy Douglas was irritated enough by an errant one-handed pass that he nearly pulled his senior shooter from the lineup.

The 3-pointer from the left wing changed his mind.

“I told him he was lucky,” Douglas said when asked about the brief conversation he had with Jobe in front of the bench that left them both chuckling. “He was coming out, but then he hit his ninth three. As he was walking by, I said, ‘Man, you’re lucky. Go knock down a couple more.'”

One more was enough.

Jobe broke the Collinsville Prairie Farms Holiday Classic single-game record when he drilled a 3-pointer from the right corner with 1 minute, 36 seconds left in regulation Wednesday night, giving him 10 treys and 33 points and cementing the fourth-seeded Blue Devils’ 57-38 victory over second-seeded Lincoln in the third-place game at Vergil Fletcher Gym.

He also eclipsed Quincy’s single-game record, erasing Kyle Cartmill and Zach Forbes from the record books. Cartmill hit seven against Moline during the 1993-93 season, while Forbes made seven against Hinsdale South in the 2009-10 season.

“It’s surreal right now,” said Jobe, whose season and career high had been the five 3-pointers he made in the tournament opener against Decatur Eisenhower. “Zach Forbes was a guy I looked up to growing up. I saw his seven threes in a game. It’s really honestly surreal. It’s great right now.”

The fact the Blue Devils (11-3) finished the week 3-1 and dominated the Railers (9-4) from start to finish made the night nearly perfect.

Lincoln’s Garrett Aeilts hit a 3-pointer from the right wing on the game’s first possession, and the Railsplitters didn’t score again until Isaiah Bowers’ layin with 3:45 to play in the first half. The drought lasted 11:30 and allowed Quincy to go on an 18-0 run.

The Railers turned the ball over four times and went 0 for 10 from the field during the scoring drought. The Blue Devils also deflected nine passes in that span.

“That is one of the toughest teams to guard,” Douglas said. “The effort our guys put out was phenomenal. The guys had to play a lot of space when they put five shooters on the floor like that. I thought our guys sprinted to spots, and I don’t know if Lincoln has seen that many deflected passes early on an in a game. I think it frustrated them a little bit.”

At the same time, Jobe was finding his rhythm.

After missing his first 3-point attempt, the 6-foot-3 lefty made back-to-back treys at the end of the first quarter. He opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer from the left wing and then made back-to-back triples late in the half — one from the right wing and one from the left corner — as the Blue Devils went up 24-13 at halftime.

“If I was in space, I was going to let it fly,” Jobe said.

His teammates were determined to find him.

“I saw the look in his eyes,” said QHS point guard Mike Dade, who had a career-high 10 assists. “I saw him moving around with a lot more energy. He had a lot more bounce. I could tell it was that time to get the ball in his hands.”

Jobe hit three 3-pointers during a 19-8 run to open the third quarter in which the Blue Devils scored on seven consecutive possessions. Dade and Aaron Shoot joined the perimeter fun, each knocking down a 3-pointer during that run as well.

Jobe finally missed a 3-pointer with 2:43 to go in the third quarter and Quincy leading 43-21. He had made eight consecutive treys before that.

“He didn’t press and force shots, which is easy to do when you’re that hot,” Douglas said. “And you can get away with it. If he does take a bad shot, you’re like, ‘Well, he’s hot.’ It becomes a shoot-until-you-miss type of thing.”

You can get away with a lackadaisical pass when you’re shooting that well, too, especially when your coach tells you to go get the record.

“I think he told Mike that, too,” Jobe said. “So Mike found me, and I hit it.”

He walked off the floor a moment later to a much-deserved standing ovation.

“It’s kind of crazy,” said Jobe, who also tied the tournament record with 19 3-pointers over the four games. “What an awesome night.”

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