By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Scott Douglas expected his Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team to show a little fatigue Wednesday night.
The Raiders proved their coach wrong.
Playing its third game in as many nights, QND dominated Western from start to finish in an 84-42 victory in the final pool-play game of the Gully Transportation Tip-Off Tournament at The Pit.
"We played better than I thought we would," Douglas said. "I think we played better tonight than we have all week. We were intense on defense and forced turnovers. We executed very well on offense and didn't try to do too much."
Friday, the tournament moves to Southeastern when QND (3-0) will play Southeastern, which lost to West Hancock 40-29 Wednesday in the Suns Classic, at 6:30 p.m. If the Raiders win, they will play
the winner of Friday's West Hancock-Western game for the championship at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Pit.
QND wasn't caught looking ahead. A 29-0 run helped the Raiders build a 31-3 lead after Alex Fitch scored on the opening possession of the second quarter.
QND forced Western to commit 12 of its 22 turnovers in the opening quarter. The Raiders also outrebounded the Wildcats 38-21.
Four players scored in double figures for QND with Chris Dietrich leading the way with 17 points. Nick Dietrich followed with 15, Fitch scored 14 and Tony Stella added 10 off the bench.
QND's Matt McPherson, a 6-foot-9 senior center, returned to the lineup after sitting out Tuesday night with a sore ankle he twisted during Monday's season-opening 86-36 win over Knox County. McPherson reinjured the ankle in the second quarter against Western.
Yet Douglas isn't too concerned.
"I think it scared him more than anything," Douglas said. "He'll take care of it. We have a couple of days off which come at a pretty good time because we're pretty beat up."
Izack Hively led Western (1-2) with 13 points and Kyle Warning added 12.
In Wednesday's first game, Kirksville outlasted Knox County 57-56.
The Tigers, who trailed by 11 points late in the third quarter, took a one-point lead when Tyson Grgurich made two free throws with 55 seconds left in the game.
Knox County ran the clock down to 9.7 seconds before Donovan Edwards' post pass to Kellen Gillaspy was tipped out of bounds by a Kirksville player. Knox County reset the play but Royce Poore threw the ball out of bounds with 7.3 seconds left.
The Eagles (0-3) fouled the Tigers' Chris Tenpenny who missed two free throws with two seconds left. Poore tried to take a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer, but he didn¹t get it off in time.
Poore led Knox County with a game-high 23 points, while Lee Tague came off the bench to score 18. Kevin Hennke led Kirksville (2-1) with 17 points