Shawn Blakeman is used to making plays that never show up in a boxscore, more often than not because he puts himself in the right spot at the right time.
That’s why he laughed at his good fortune Wednesday night.
Blakeman was in the wrong place at the right time to help the Quincy High School boys basketball team pick off a regional semifinal victory against Pekin.
A missed 3-pointer by the Dragons’ Tyler Ruschmeyer with 10 seconds remaining in regulation wound up caroming along the right baseline and into the hands of Pekin’s Shane McCafferty.
Blakeman just happened to be behind McCafferty, reaching in to poke the ball loose before McCafferty ever got possession. The ball popped directly to Quincy’s Mitchel Rein, who was fouled and hit two free throws to seal a 36-32 victory.
“I actually forgot to go and get the rebound,” Blakeman said. “So I got lucky.”
So did Rein.
“Shawn saved me,” Rein said. “I missed the box out and it was my guy who had the rebound. He tipped it out of his hands and right to me. That made me look really good, so I want to give him credit for it.”