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Prep hoops preview: QHS at Galesburg

Posted: Jan. 31, 2013 2:55 am Updated: Feb. 21, 2013 6:15 am

Quincy boys (15-4, 6-0) at Galesburg (13-12, 4-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday, Thiel Gym, Galesburg, Ill.
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Scouting the Silver Streaks: Galesburg found itself alone in second place in the Western Big Six Conference before suffering a 57-56 loss to Moline last week at home. Now, the Silver Streaks are tied with Rock Island in second place two games behind the Blue Devils.

A loss Friday night would essentially eliminate the Silver Streaks from contention. So expect Galesburg to put up a fight. Grant Gibson, a 6-foot-3 sophomore forward, averages 21.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Ethan Meeker is averaging 7.6 points, and point guard Travon Diggins averages 7.4 points. Joe Williams, a 6-1 sophomore guard, has been stellar in WB6 play, averaging 9.8 points per game, which is more than two points higher than his season average.

Battle of the boards: When Quincy beat Galesburg 54-51 at Blue Devil Gym in December, the Blue Devils dominated the boards with a 33-23 advantage with junior forward Connor Mellon pulling down 11 boards. Gibson managed just three rebounds for Galesburg.

Quincy is the second-best rebounding team in the WB6, averaging 30.3 rebounds per game. Rock Island averages 31.2 boards.

The series: Quincy leads the all-time series 73-43.

-- Matt Schuckman

 

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