Prep Boys Basketball

Big lead slips away, but Raiders recover in overtime

By DAVE KANE
Special to The Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 9, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Feb. 10, 2019 12:25 am

RIVERTON -- Tommy Ray delivered what appeared to be a dagger for the Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team at the end of the third quarter Saturday night, but Raiders coach Kevin Meyer knew plenty of revisions were to come in the latest script between QND and Pleasant Plains.

Ray's buzzer-beating 3-pointer opened a 10-point lead over Plains entering the fourth period, but the Raiders were taken to overtime before finally claiming a 55-48 victory at the Riverton Subway Shootout.

"It felt good as far as the excitement of it," Meyer said of Ray's late trey. "But I know Kyle (Weber, the Cardinals' coach) and his group. They have all the pieces to make a deep run in 2A.

"We knew there were runs coming. At the end, we were just trying to get to the free throw line and put it away. It was a great overtime and second half. That was 20 minutes of really good basketball between two teams that didn't want to give up."

Pleasant Plains was reeling after a 17-0 QND run in the third quarter. The Raiders (16-6) still led by 11 with 5 minutes 20 seconds left in regulation.

Plains (18-9) got 12 points from junior Nick Savage in the final period, which saw the Cardinals use a 14-2 run of their own to take a 41-40 lead with a little more than a minute left.

QND's Nick Schwartz, who finished with a game-high 18 points and earned game MVP honors, hit two free throws for a 42-41 lead with 51.1 seconds to go in regulation. After Plains turned the ball over on a poor in-bounds play, QND's Dylan Foley made one of two free throws for a two-point edge with 26.6 seconds left.

Plains' Nick Guernsey drove and scored to tie the score at 43 with 18 seconds left. Following a timeout with 6.3 seconds remaining, QND in-bounded to Ray beyond the top of the key. His 3-point attempt was off the mark.

"For our kids to be down 11, I'm proud of the way they battled back," Weber said. "We kind of dug in and showed a lot of fight."

The Raiders were held without a field goal in the fourth quarter, but they scored seven unanswered points early in the overtime to take control for good. They made just six of 13 free throws in overtime, but Plains couldn't respond.

"It was a typical Plains-QND game," Schwartz said. "We both kind of had slow starts. Then we got after it in the third quarter, and they made their run in the fourth quarter. ... It was physical, and it went down to the wire."

Savage led Plains with 17 points, while Joel Niermann had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Meyer said Schwartz was the catalyst for Saturday's victory, but he also credited Foley (six steals), Grant Hyer (14 points) and Jonny Bottorff.

"Everything starts with Schwartz," Meyer said. "He was solid. I'm not sure if he came out in the second half. He was really good. Foley did a good job again, and so did Hyer. Jonny fouled out, but he was huge for us before he left the floor. It was just an overall complete win for us, a signature win."

Riverton Subway Shootout

QND 55, Pleasant Plains 48

QND (16-6)

Foley 2-9 3-6 7, Schwartz 5-10 7-10 18, Hyer 5-11 4-6 14, Ray 4-10 0-3 11, Bottorff 1-5 0-0 3, Smith 1-2 0-1 2, Mast 0-0 0-0 0, Wedding 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-47 14-26 55.

PLEASANT PLAINS (18-9)

Bartos 1-5 4-8 7, Guernsey 3-12 2-4 8, Greer 0-2 0-0 0, Svaage 4-11 6-8 17, Niermann 5-10 4-6 14, Sunley 0-0 0-0 0, Collins 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Schmitt 1-3 0-0 2, Marshall 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-43 16-26 48.

QND 9 6 22 6 12 -- 55

Plains 11 11 5 16 5 -- 48

3-point field goals -- QND 5-14 (Foley 0-1, Schwartz 1-2, Hyer 0-1, Ray 3-8, Bottorff 1-2), Pleasant Plains 4-11 (Bartos 1-3, Guernsey 0-3, Savage 3-5). Fouls -- QND 20, Pleasant Plains 23. Rebounds -- QND 30 (Schwartz 8), Pleasant Plains 39 (Niermann 13). Assists -- QND 4 (Schwartz 2), Pleasant Plains 3 (Bartos, Guernsey, Greer). Steals -- QND 12 (Foley 6), Pleasant Plains 6 (Savage 3). Turnovers -- QND 13, Pleasant Plains 20. Fouled out -- Bottorff.