Fourth-quarter patience helps Raiders hold on to victory

Quincy Notre Dame's Nick Schwartz pulls up in front of Sacred Heart Griffin's Charlie Hamilton during the second half Friday at QND in Quincy. | H-W Photo/Michael Kipley
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 12, 2018 10:55 pm

QUINCY -- A 16-point lead had dwindled to two points, and Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin had just missed a 3-pointer that would have put the visitors ahead.

The Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team needed to take a deep breath and calm down.

A 60-second possession proved to be exactly what the Raiders needed.

They patiently ran their man-to-man offense, eventually getting the ball inside to Tommy Ray, who was fouled. He made two free throws to put the lead at 50-46, and the Raiders shot layups or free throws for the rest of the fourth quarter in a 62-56 victory Friday night at the Pit.

"Seemed like about five minutes, didn't it?" QND coach Kevin Meyer said. "It was a long one. That whole possession calmed us down."

The Raiders had 16 turnovers in the first three quarters, but they had only two in the fourth quarter.

QND only scored two baskets in the fourth quarter. An off-balance layup by Mac Little put the Raiders ahead 54-50 with 2:44 remaining, and after the Cyclones' Charlie Hamilton hit a 3-pointer, Ray converted a driving baseline layup with 1:58 remaining.

For most of the rest of the quarter, the Raiders marched to the free-throw line. QND is shooting 61 percent from the line this season, but Nick Schwartz made 6 of 6 in the final 1:24, and the Raiders made 10 of 11 in the final frame.

"I'd be lying if I didn't say (late-game free throws) weren't harder," Schwartz said. "You just have to clear your mind before you shoot them. Going up there the first time, you have to have the ultimate confidence in yourself.

"If you get fouled in the backcourt, you can't help but look at the scoreboard, but you've got to get it out of your head and focus on one thing -- getting the ball in the basket."

SHG had two chances in the fourth quarter to tie or take the lead but missed both. It also missed five straight shots in the final two minutes before Reid Taylor made a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"We got the shots we wanted," SHG coach Kyle Krager said. "They were the plays I called."

QND (10-4) seemed primed to blow out the Cyclones when it scored the first five points of the third quarter. Ray's 3-pointer and Little's steal and layup put the hosts ahead 39-23.

SHG (9-9) then went on a 19-5 run, with 6-foot-5 Nick Broeker scoring 10 points in the surge. His two free throws with 1:21 to play in the third quarter got the Cyclones within 44-42.

"We made better decisions," Krager said. "(QND brings) a lot of pressure and plays great defense, but we were able to break the pressure to get a wide open shot, or we were able to run our offense until we got an open shot."

Broeker finished with 26 points and eight rebounds, but he also missed 12 shots as he battled around the basket with QND's 6-foot-8 Jase Wallingford.

"It's not easy scoring over 6-8 all night," Krager said. "Their guy did a great job contesting him."

"Broeker is a stud," Meyer said. "He just put them on their back. It was a man's game down there tonight. What else could we have done except sacrifice giving up threes?"

Little finished with a career-high 24 points and also led the Raiders with six rebounds. Meyer was happy with how Little and Schwartz ran the team late in the game.

"I thought that might be the best executed game plan offensively all year," Meyer said. "We ran our sets. It was all grinding, getting something simple. We didn't always throw it in there on the first rotation. Sometimes, we threw it in there on the second or third rotation to get something really easy. When we were calm and took care of the ball, things really settled in. Mac and Nick put us in the right sets, and we almost were stubborn running an offense."

QND 62, Sacred Heart-Griffin 56


Player fg-fga ft-fta reb pf pts

Hamilton 5-16 3-4 4 4 17

Redd 1-5 0-0 3 2 2

Broeker 11-23 4-5 8 3 26

Warrington 0-3 0-2 2 4 0

Snodgrass 3-8 1-1 2 4 8

Taylor 1-2 0-0 2 3 3

Lust 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Ingram 0-1 0-0 0 0 0

Heinzel 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Team 6

Totals 21-54 8-12 28 20 56


Player fg-fga ft-fta reb pf pts

Little 7-11 7-8 6 1 24

Schwartz 2-5 8-8 1 3 13

Wallingford 2-3 3-4 5 3 7

Foley 1-1 1-2 5 2 3

Ray 3-4 2-2 2 0 10

Venvertloh 1-6 1-1 3 0 3

Bottorff 0-1 0-0 2 1 0

Hyer 1-2 0-0 1 0 2

A. Smith 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Team 3

Totals 17-33 22-25 28 10 62

Sacred Heart-Griffin 13 10 21 12--56

Quincy Notre Dame 14 20 14 14--62

3-point field goals--Sacred Heart-Griffin 6-18 (Hamilton 4-8, Snodgrass 1-3, Taylor 1-2, Redd 0-1, Broeker 0-2, Warrington 0-2, Ingram 0-1), QND 6-8 (Little 3-3, Ray 2-3, Schwartz 1-2). Turnovers--QND 18, Sacred Heart-Griffin 11. Officials--Brad Gooding, John Schild, Jim Grawe.