Taylor liked how the Blue Devils were able to turn that defense into offense in the third quarter.
“They were trying to extend (their defense), and we did a nice job of getting some run outs,” Taylor said. “Connor Mellon did a nice job of running the court. Our guys had their heads up and we got some easy layups and made them pay the price for trying to extend.”
Mellon powered his way to 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting and added a team-high eight rebounds. He was most impressed with the Blue Devils’ effort inside their zone defense. In addition to the 26 turnovers QHS forced, the Blue Devils got their hands on at least a half dozen passes that disrupted the Titans’ flow.
“We use anticipation to our advantage,” Mellon said. “We’re ready, we’re watching that ball and we’re on our toes. We’re getting really good at that defense. Those tips and deflections are what our defense is about. You might get a steal. The offense might get a little intimidated and say, ‘Oh, I can’t get that ball through there.'”
Titans coach Chuck Grant didn’t know what to make out of what he saw Saturday night.
“I never dreamed of coming down here and getting beat by 20,” he said. “That’s no disrespect at all to Sean and his kids. But the way we’ve been playing and the way we prepped, I thought we had three fabulous practices and I walked out of the gym last night thinking that this is as well as we prepped all year. I certainly didn’t expect this.”
Burry led the way for Quincy by scoring 22 points. Everyone in uniform played for Quincy and nine different players scored. Dillon Frieden had 14 points, while Martel Hunter added 12 to lead Monmouth-Roseville.
The Blue Devils, winners of three straight, will return to action Friday at Rock Island Alleman.
“The goal in the beginning (of the season) was to give a lot of people a lot of playing time and then around this time we’ll see where we can put them in and refine our roles,” Taylor said. “We are staring to do that and they’re starting to get really comfortable in what we want them to do.”