By THE HERALD-WHIG
DARIEN, Ill. -- Sean Taylor has come to the conclusion there is one constant with his Quincy High School boys basketball team.
The Blue Devils don't ever give up.
So no matter how disappointed they are following Saturday night's 59-57 loss at Hinsdale South, Taylor believes they will be able to put it all behind them by next weekend and begin the push for a Western Big Six Conference championship anew.
"These kids have always bounced back, and they've always responded," said Taylor, in his 10th season coaching at QHS. "I know they'll come back."
The Blue Devils battled back from every deficit they faced Saturday night.
Quincy (13-4) trailed by three points at halftime and saw the deficit quickly balloon to nine points as the Hornets opened the second half by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers. Hinsdale South's advantage reached 10 -- it led 32-22 midway through the third quarter -- at the end of a 23-8 run.
"They made some really big shots," Taylor said. "You have to remember they've lost eight games by five points or less. They can play."
The Blue Devils can, too. They finally showed it by whittling the deficit down to four points as Zach Burry knocked down three straight 3-pointers.
Yet, every time Quincy drew near, Hinsdale South (5-12) extended the lead. The Blue Devils trailed by just four at the end of the third quarter, but the deficit was back to nine two minutes later.
Martin Kvitle, who led Quincy with 17 points on the strength of five 3-pointers, pulled the Blue Devils within 48-45.
"Every time we made a run, they were able to extend the lead back out," Taylor said. "We couldn't get all the way there."
That was true in the final two minutes.
With Hinsdale up 57-51, Quincy scored to make it a four-point game and then forced a turnover. Cole Abbey was fouled going to the basket and made a pair of free throws to make it 57-55 with 1:02 remaining.
Abbey then hit a 17-footer with 35 seconds to tie the game at 57.
"We just couldn't get over the hump and take the lead," Taylor said.
Hinsdale South's Jerry Stoltz gave the Hornets the lead as he dropped in a running floater with eight seconds remaining.
Quincy didn't score on the ensuing possession, although Hinsdale South was forced to inbounds the ball with 1.4 seconds remaining. Abbey stole the inbounds pass at midcourt and threw up a desperation 3-point attempt that went off the backboard, hit the rim and caromed long.