After that loss, Quincy dumped the traditional man-to-man defense in favor of a 1-2-2 zone and the results speak for themselves.
“We’re playing as well as we have all year,” Taylor said. “All the guys in the rotation are playing well.”
They will need to in order to combat Alton’s quickness and quick-strike ability. The Redbirds rebounded from back-to-back losses to Belleville East and Edwardsville by beating Belleville West and O’Fallon to close the regular season.
It helped having guard Mike Williams-Bey back in the lineup. Despite missing a couple game with an injury, Williams-Bey averages 14.5 points and nearly three steals per game.
He is one of four Redbirds averaging in double figures.
“Like Rocky, they’re quick at every spot,” Taylor said. “They really come after you. They don’t have any defensive liabilities and guard at every position. So you have to be sound making passes from point A to point B.”
But there can be gaps in Alton’s defense.
“You have to have confidence to see it and go after it,” Taylor said.
Right now, few times are playing with as much confidence as the Blue Devils, which makes Taylor believe anything is possible.