Prep Boys Basketball

Kahoks throw first punch, stagger Raiders in Jerseyville

Nick Schwartz
Posted: Jan. 13, 2018 10:10 pm

JERSEYVILLE, Ill. -- Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball coach Kevin Meyer knew the competition would be stiffer and the style of play a little more physical at the Mid-Winter Classic.

It took his team most of the first quarter to find out themselves.

After Mac Little made a 3-pointer to put the Raiders on top, Collinsville scored the next 10 points and never relinquished the lead in a 77-55 victory on Saturday night at Bob Havens Gym.

The Raiders entered the tournament as the defending champion and had won seven straight games in the tournament, but they were rattled in the opening minutes. Four turnovers fueled the 10-point run by the Kahoks, who led 22-14 after the first quarter.

"(Collinsville) didn't do anything we weren't prepared for," Raiders coach Kevin Meyer told WGEM Radio. "You just have to dig in and get some stops, and we didn't. (The Kahoks) got out and dictated a lot of things tonight."

The Kahoks' lead grew to as much as 32-16 after a 3-pointer by Braeden Lemp, but QND scored the last seven points of the second quarter -- four of them coming on offensive rebound putbacks by junior Jonny Bottorff -- to get the deficit down to nine at halftime.

Reed Hyer made a layup to open the third quarter for the Raiders, but Collinsville then scored 12 of the next 14 points to go ahead 44-27. In the process, senior guard Mac Little, who scored 24 points on Friday night against Sacred Heart-Griffin, picked up his fourth foul midway through the quarter.

The Raiders didn't fold. Junior guard Nick Schwartz, who finished with 17 points, made a driving layup and six free throws to fuel a 12-6 run that made the score 50-39 entering the fourth quarter.

"I thought Nick was phenomenal tonight," Meyer said. "And I thought Jonny Bottorff was great off the bench."

A three-point play by Schwartz with 6:39 remaining in the game got the Raiders within 52-42, and after a layup by the Kahoks' Keydrian Jones, Tommy Ray drove the baseline, scored and was fouled. His free throw with 5:55 remaining got the Raiders within 54-45.

The Kahoks then scored the next six points.

"We got it down to nine, and we were really battling," Meyer said. "We just couldn't generate enough stops."

QND again got within 64-52 after Ray made one of two free throws, but the Kahoks spread the floor and made the Raiders chase in the final minutes. Collinsville finished the game on a 13-2 run.

"Last night, we were really good running our offense," Meyer said. "Tonight, we were stagnant. You can look for a reason like back-to-back games or a long bus ride, but that's the schedule we play."

The 77 points allowed were the most by the Raiders this season since an 80-62 loss to Duchesne on Dec. 1.

"(Collinsville's) a team that looks like one you could see really deep in the postseason, and we were down nine in the fourth quarter," Meyer said. "If you can be prepared for the top five teams on your schedule, then you are prepared for anybody."

Collinsville 77, Quincy Notre Dame 55


Baker 1 0-0 2, Smith 3 0-0 6, Taylor 5 7-9 20, Lemp 7 1-3 17, Clark 0 0-0 0, Harrison 3 0-0 6, McGovern 1 0-0 3, Dzeledini 0 0-0 0, Jones 7 1-2 15, Williams 1 0-0 2, Molton 2 0-0 4, O'Temple 1 0-0 2. Totals 31 9-14 77.


Hyer 3 0-0 6, Little 3 1-1 8, Foley 1 0-0 2, Schwartz 3 10-11 17, C. Smith 0 0-0 0, Ray 2 2-3 6, A. Smith 1 0-0 3, Venvertloh 2 0-0 4, Sheffield 0 1-2 1, Potts 0 1-2 1, Bottorff 2 3-4 7, Wallingford 0 0-0 0, Tuley 0 0-0 0, Mast 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 17-23 55.

Collinsville 22 10 18 27--77

Quincy Notre Dame 14 9 16 16--55

3-point field goals--QND 3 (Little, Schwartz, Smith), Collinsville 5 (Taylor 2, Lemp 2, McGovern). Rebounds--QND 22, Collinsvillle 20. Turnovers--QND 11, Collinsville 13. Fouls--QND 16, Collinsville 17, Fouled out--Jones.

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