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.”
Collinsville Prairie Farms Holiday Classic