Jacob Ary turns 18 years old Sunday, and in what has become a yearly tradition, his mother, Diane, baked cookies for him to share with his Quincy High School boys basketball teammates after the first game of the weekend.
She might want to fire up the oven and the mixer a little more often the rest of this season.
Ary enjoyed what arguably is the highlight of his career Friday night, coming off the bench to score 13 points and put an exclamation point on the Blue Devils' victory at Rock Island with a 3-pointer with 35 seconds remaining in overtime that gave Quincy a five-point lead.
Although excited about the victory and his effort, Ary didn't commit his mother into any unwanted baking.
"I'm not sure," he said with a chuckle when asked if she had to bake for every road trip the rest of the season.
What he was quite sure of was his shot.
Ary went 3 for 3 from 3-point range and didn't hesitate when he caught the ball in the left corner in overtime and didn't have a defender within 8 feet.
"I didn't think about whether I was going to make it or miss it. I squared up and let it fly," he said.
He played the entire game with that sort of confidence.
"To be honest, there was not a single time I thought we were going to lose," Ary said.
Previous success at the Rock Island Fieldhouse helped with that. The Blue Devils are 3-1 at Rock Island the past four seasons.
"Senior year, my last year, you want to go out with a victory at Rocky," Ary said. "That's a big deal."
Staying in the race
The oddity of starting the WB6 season with three consectutive road games turns in Quincy's favor after going 2-1 over that stretch.
The Blue Devils head into the three-week holiday break trailing Moline by just one game. After a home game against United Township and a trip to Galesburg the first two games after the break, the Blue Devils' schedule flips in their favor.
They will play four of the final five WB6 games at home, including playing host to the Maroons on Jan. 26.