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Boys basketball preview: Moline at Quincy High School

Posted: Feb. 7, 2013 2:41 am Updated: Feb. 28, 2013 4:15 am

Moline (16-10, 3-4) at Quincy boys (15-6, 6-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday, Blue Devil Gym

ESPN 1440 AM

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Scouting the Maroons: Moline is the most balanced team in the Western Big Six Conference with four starters averaging between 8.8 and 10.4 points per game. The emergence of 6-foot-6 junior forward Brandon Vice has been significant. He is averaging 10.1 points and 7.1 rebounds, and Vice is tied with Quincy's Jason Salrin for the most rebounds in WB6 play with 60 apiece.

The Maroons, who have won eight of their last 10 games, complement Vice with a pair of deadly shooters in senior Drew Owens and sophomore Tyler Biscontine. Owens, who averages 8.8 points and his a game-winning shot at Blue Devil Gym last season, has knocked down 35 3-pointers this season. Biscontine, who has played in 17 games since joining the varsity, has made 34 treys and shoots 42 percent from beyond the arc.

Battle of the boards: Quincy put itself in the driver's seat in the WB6 title chase by owning a decided rebounding edge against Rock Island. The inability to win the battle of the boards is why the Blue Devils have lost four of their last seven games. Quincy was outrebounded in three of those losses and drew dead even on the boards in the loss at Hinsdale South.

Quincy is second in the WB6 in rebounding, having pulled down 218 boards in six league games. Rock Island tops the league with 220 boards.

The series: Quincy leads the all-time series 73-40.

-- Matt Schuckman

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