Stubborn Raiders trounce Macomb

Posted: Dec. 2, 2012 12:25 am Updated: Dec. 23, 2012 1:15 am

Herald-Whig Sports Writer

The Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team was efficient -- if stubborn -- on offense Saturday night at The Pit.

The Raiders were patient and shot 57 percent (24 of 42) from the field to earn a 67-38 win over Macomb.

Add in 23 forced turnovers from the defense, and QND benefitted from a complete team effort to move to 6-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season.

Raiders coach Scott Douglas was pleased with how his team played as a unit.

"I think they were selective," Douglas said. "They took good shots and didn't settle for any shots. We were pretty stubborn for what we wanted. We played inside-out. When you do those things you can be good offensively."

Alex Fitch scored 16 points to lead QND, and Matt Doane, Nick Dietrich and Riley Walz added 10 points apiece.

QND senior guard Sam Douglas, who snapped a two-game drought without a field goal and scored seven points, said crisp ball movement helped the Raiders' offense.

"We shared the ball well," he said. "We got reversals and found the open man for a good shot."

Starting in a full-court press, the Raiders' defense gave the Bombers little room to operate. A steal by Alex Fitch set up the first basket of the game, a layup by Nick Dietrich, and set the tone for the first quarter.

Macomb (0-6) turned the ball over 11 times in the first quarter as the Raiders built a 22-6 lead. After the Bombers' Blake Lowderman made a basket to cut the lead to 13-6, QND went on a 9-0 run to close the quarter.

"We picked them up with a lot of pressure and basically forced them into things they didn't want to do until we could turn them over and go the other way with it," Sam Douglas said. "We take pride it in. It's what wins us games, and that's what we need in order to get where we want to be at the end of the season is a good defense."

The early defensive pressure set a tempo the Raiders were comfortable playing in.

"It helped us generate a tempo our guys like playing at," Scott Douglas said. "They seem to be comfortable when the tempo and the speed of the game seems to be a bit frenetic. Tonight was a good example of that. We competed hard."

QND's weltering defensive pressure continued to bother Macomb in the second quarter. The Bombers only scored five points and shot 27 percent (5 of 18) in the first half.

QND's bench players attacked the rim aggressively.

Macomb fouled QND 19 times, and the Raiders made 25 trips to the free-throw line.

Doane earned and converted eight free throws and credited the Raiders' takeaways for his season-high scoring effort.

"We've been practicing anticipation on the reversal and jumping on the ball after it's passed away," Doane said.

"I think it opens everything up and we get more steals, thus more points."

Lowderman led the Bombers with 14 points.

Scott Douglas doesn't want to see his team relax with their hot start.

"I think we're pretty good. The thing is we don't want to be satisfied," Douglas said. "We're trying to fix little things that maybe we're not doing well and stay sharp.

"A big part of our schedule is still coming, and I don't want us to think we've arrived yet."


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