Redemption: Gadeke bounces back from Friday miss to help Blue Devils bury Raiders in second half

Quincy High’s Garrett Gadeke and Parker Bland, right, attempt to blocks a shot attempt by Quincy Notre Dame’s Jacob Mayfield, center, during the QHS QND match at the Blue Devil Gym on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane

By Herald-Whig

Posted: Dec. 18, 2016 12:01 am Updated: Dec. 18, 2016 12:08 am

QUINCY — Once was enough for Garrett Gadeke and the rest of the Quincy High School boys basketball players.

Unless you’re talking about victories in the crosstown rivalry.

In that case, twice turned out to be quite nice.

After suffering their first loss of the season Friday night at United Township when Gadeke missed a game-tying layin at the buzzer, the Blue Devils buried their heartbreak by burying Quincy Notre Dame with a second-half surge Saturday night. A 21-4 run turned a one-point game into a rout as QHS won 68-50 at Blue Devil Gym.

“Amazing,” said Gadeke, a senior forward who has been a part of back-to-back victories over the Raiders. “Absolutely amazing.”

It was sweet redemption, too.

The Blue Devils played tug-o-war Friday night with the lead and momentum with United Township, trailing by two until the final seconds when Aaron Shoot fed Gadeke for what appeared to be a game-tying layup. The ball spun off the rim and saddled the Blue Devils with a 45-43 loss.

Gadeke hadn’t forgotten it by the time Saturday’s game tipped, and the QND student cheering section reminded him of it with some playful jeers when he went to the free-throw line in the first quarter.

“I heard it,” Gadeke said.

That was easier to ignore than the disappointment he felt in the wake of the miss.

“I didn’t say a word on the bus ride home (Friday) night,” said Gadeke, who rebounded with his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds Saturday night. “I sat in the corner and listened to my music. That’s my way of dealing with things. I’m not an emotional guy. I’m not a talk it out and try to make excuses kind of guy.

“Last night was on me. Our perfect season at that point ended because of my play and the inability to finish. I take a lot of responsibility for (Friday) night’s loss.”

He then gets quite a bit of the credit for what transpired in the second half Saturday night.

The Blue Devils (8-1) led 29-26 at halftime despite Gadeke and QHS forward Parker Bland spending the final four minutes of the second quarter on the bench with two fouls apiece. The duo returned to the lineup in the third quarter and took over, combining for 25 points and 12 rebounds over the final 16 minutes.

“We know how much of a struggle it can be when we are both not in there,” said Bland, who finished with a game-high 18 points and seven rebounds. “The coaches stress one of us has to be in there at all times. When that didn’t happen, it affected us, but a lot of different guys stepped up.”

That included Jirehl Brock scoring five of the final nine points of the half for QHS and Ben Amos, who had gone from the starting lineup at the beginning of the season to no minutes Friday night, making a short jumper and being a presence inside defensively.

“Playing through mistakes and playing through tough times is what you have to do,” QHS coach Andy Douglas said. “We had guys step in and provide us with a little bit a spark, and our guys came out in the second half mentally tough and ready to go.”

Trailing by a point with 3:40 to play in the third quarter, the Blue Devils went on a 9-2 to spurt to close the quarter, then held the Raiders to one field goal on the first 16 possessions of the fourth quarter. The deficit reached 20 points before Justin Bottorff scored with 2:21 to go.

During that span, QND went 1 of 11 from the field, turned the ball over eight times and struggled to keep QHS from attacking the basket. All 10 of the Blue Devils’ field goals during the pivotal 21-4 run came within 5 feet of the basket.

“It was definitely frustrating, and we just got our heads down too much,” QND point guard Carter Cramsey said. “We kind of lost our composure a little bit. They had all the momentum, and we just struggled.

“Everything started going downhill all at once. It was just tough to come back.”

The inability to knock down shots played a big role in that.

The Raiders (6-1) shot just 34 percent from the field (17 of 50) and 20 percent from 3-point range (3 of 15). Bottorff, who came in averaging 18 points per game, hit just 2 of 11 shots and finished with eight points. Jacob Mayfield led the Raiders with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Meanwhile, the Blue Devils overcame their early offensive struggles to shoot 55 percent from the field during the game’s final 12 minutes. They didn’t turn the ball over in the third quarter and finished with 12 turnovers.

It was the kind of bounce-back effort they expect.

“You have to come back even better, come back even harder,” said Shoot, who finished with 13 points and five assists. “We always say that if we ever do lose on Friday, whoever we play on Saturday is in for a treat because it’s not going to be fun for them.”

Quincy High School 68, Quincy Notre Dame 50

QND (6-1)

Player fg-fga ft-fta reb pf pts

Little 2-4 0-0 2 0 5

Cramsey 2-7 2-4 5 2 7

Bottorff 2-11 3-4 9 1 8

Willer 4-8 0-0 5 4 8

Mayfield 4-10 3-4 7 5 11

J. Ray 2-5 5-10 3 4 9

Schwartz 0-1 0-0 0 0 0

Hyer 1-3 0-0 3 1 2

T. Ray 0-1 0-0 0 0 0

Hoebing 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Kinsel 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Venvertloh 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Team 5

Totals 17-50 13-22 39 17 50

QHS (8-1)

Player fg-fga ft-fta reb pf pts

Shoot 4-8 3-4 6 3 13

J. Smith 4-11 1-2 3 3 9

Brock 2-7 5-5 5 4 9

Bland 8-19 2-2 7 2 18

Gadeke 6-13 3-4 10 3 15

D. Smith 0-1 0-0 1 0 0

Tenhouse 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Schwiete 1-1 0-0 0 2 2

Amos 1-2 0-0 0 2 2

Scott 0-0 0-0 1 0 0

Aschemann 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Brunenn 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Team 4

Totals 26-62 14-17 37 20 68

QND 15 11 15 9–50

QHS 12 17 18 21–68

3-point field goals–QND 3-15 (Bottorff 1-6, Cramsey 1-3, Little 1-1, Mayfield 0-2, Willer 0-1, Hyer 0-1, T. Ray 0-1), QHS 2-7 (Shoot 2-2, J. Smith 0-2, Bland 0-2, Brock 0-1). Assists–QND 8 (Little 3), QHS 10 (Shoot 5). Steals–QND 7 (Little 3), QHS 12 (Brock 5). Blocked shots–QND 3 (Bottorff 2), QHS 2 (Brock, Gadeke). Turnovers–QND 18, QHS 12. Technical fouls–Mayfield, Bottorff. Officials–Brian Cuffle, Kurt Cuffle, Dave Riedle.