Beyond the Boxscore: Quincy vs. Neuqua Valley

February 20, 2011 1 Comment

Joining elite company

Mitch Marold’s two most significant plays in the Quincy High School boys basketball team’s 68-66 victory over Neuqua Valley were inbounds passes that led to DeAngelo Dean’s game-tying 3-pointer and Mason Fairley’s game-winning 10-foot jumper.

His first-quarter 3-pointer, however, led to a significant individual honor.

Marold became the sixth player in school history to make at least 50 3-pointers in a season. Marold, who went 3 for 8 from 3-point range, has made 52 3-pointers this season, placing him fourth on the single-season list. Andy Douglas holds the single-season school record with 68 3-pointers – a mark Marold likely won’t challenge – but the 6-foot senior guard has established himself as one of the top gunners in school history. He’s also clutch.

With the Blue Devils trailing 64-58 with 45.8 seconds remaining, sophomore guard Martin Kvitle found Marold open on the right wing. Although he was only a couple steps in front of the QHS bench, Marold drained a 3-pointer from 24 feet to set up Quincy’s closing rally. Quincy outscored Neuqua Valley 10-2 in the final 36.8 seconds.

“That was a wonderful pass for Martin,” Marold said. “off to him.”

Marold didn’t realize where his feet were or how far from the hoop he actually was, but he downplayed the shot in comparison to the screen and the pass that set him up.

“You have to give hats off to the rest of them,” Marold said. “I hit the shot, but they deserve the credit.”

Preparing for anything

Although Quincy coach Sean Taylor had practiced plays with DeAngelo Dean attempting a 3-pointer in a buzzer-beating situation, the junior forward never expected to actually be asked to take one.

“I figured he was just kind of messing around,” Dean said. “But I knew to be ready.”

All of the Blue Devils know that.

“Actually, we do situations like this in practice,” sophomore guard Mason Fairley said. “Coach even draws (freshman forward LuKa Radovic) up one where he gets to shoot one. Just in case for a situation like this. It happened to work out. It was almost the perfect situation.”

With 6.7 seconds left in regulation, Taylor drew up a play for Dean to catch the inbounds pass and attempt a 3-pointer from just off to the right of top of the key, with Marold as the second option. Marold inbounded the ball to Dean, who knocked down the shot to tie the game at 66 with 2.1 seconds left.

Piling up the points

The Blue Devils were down 47-40 at the end of the third quarter, but they saved their best for last. Quincy scored 28 points in the final quarter, scoring on its first five possessions and eight of its first nine chances. Dean had 14 of his career-high 29 points in the fourth quarter, while Marold buried a pair of 3-pointers.

Quincy went 9 of 12 from the field, 4 of 5 from 3-point range and 6 of 10 from the line.

Game-changing call

Neuqua Valley was on the verge of putting the game away when senior guard Sean Pyritz was whistled for traveling before he could finish a fast-break with less than three minutes remaining that would have put the Wildcats ahead by 10 points. Pyritz stole a pass above the top of the key and drove in for a layup with a Quincy defender in pursuit.

Feeling the oncoming defender, Pyritz decided to jumpstop and wait to go up with the layup, expecting the defender to overrun him. However, Pyritz traveled before he got the shot off. Neuqua Valley never increased its lead to double digits again and ultimately lost on Fairley’s 10-foot buzzer beater.

The boxscore

Quincy 68, Neuqua Valley 66
Player    fg-fga    ft-fta    reb    pf    pts
Johnson    7-16    4-8    12    0    21
Sandifer    1-2    3-4    1    4    5
Stocki    6-14    4-6    5    0    21
Pyritz    1-2    2-3    1    2    4
Karkazis    1-3    0-3    5    3    2
Boudreau    1-1    0-0    2    1    2
Miskel    2-2    0-0    1    1    4
Catchings    2-3    0-0    1    0    5
Kenny    1-1    0-0    2    2    2
Team            2
22-43    13-24    32    13    66
QUINCY (11-13)
Player    fg-fga    ft-fta    reb    pf    pts
Dean    11-15    6-10    8    2    29
Marold    5-10    0-0    3    3    13
Forrest    1-4    0-0    3    5    3
Beebe    2-4    0-0    2    3    5
Givens    1-3    0-0    0    3    2
Fairley    4-6    0-0    0    3    9
Kvitle    1-2    1-2    3    3    4
Laws    1-2    0-0    0    1    3
Team            1
Totals    26-46    7-12    20    23    68
Neuqua Valley    23    12    12    19‹66
Quincy    19    6    15    28‹68
3-point field goals-Neuqua Valley (Stocki 5-8, Johnson 3-8, Catchings 1-2), Quincy 9-22 (Marold 3-8, Beebe 1-3, Fairley 1-3, Kvitle 1-2, Laws 1-2, Dean 1-1, Forrest 1-1, Givens 0-2). Assists-Neuqua Valley 12 (Sandifer 6), Quincy 17 (Marold 8). Steals-Neuqua Valley 10 (Sandifer 4), Quincy 8 (Beebe, Kvitle 2). Blocked shots-Neuqua Valley 1 (Johnson), Quincy 2 (Dean 2). Turnovers-Neuqua Valley 19, Quincy 17. Officials-Dave Gilliland, Dave Van Nest, Darryl Lamps.

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