By THE HERALD-WHIG
PEORIA, Ill. -- The Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team's road woes continued Saturday night.
The Raiders shot 39 percent from the field and dropped their fifth consecutive road game, losing 58-45 to Peoria Notre Dame.
QND Scott Douglas said his team never figured out the Irish's zone defense.
"The zone hurt us tonight," Douglas told NewsTalk 105.1 FM. "I'm not sure what the reason for that was. We didn't do a good job attacking it. When we had the opportunities to attack it, we didn't.
"They face-guarded Alex (Fitch) and took him out of the game offensively. ... We got things going in the second half, but the game comes down to that we couldn't guard them."
PND forward Nick Bell and guard Shea Feehan gave the Raiders fits.
Bell shot 7 of 10 from the field and scored 17 points, while Feehan scored 13 points for the Irish (15-12).
"People in Peoria told me he is the hardest matchup they have," Douglas said of Bell. "He's crafty and he's really good. I don't know that you could pinpoint one thing he does.
"He has a great understanding of the game and what he wants to get accomplished."
QND (19-7) had trouble finding traction.
After Alex Fitch gave the Raiders a 7-6 lead in the first quarter, PND closed the quarter on a 7-0 run to give the Irish the lead for good.
Fitch, who averages nearly 17 points per game, got in early foul trouble and was limited to five points.
Chris Dietrich finished with a team-high 15 points for QND, while Sam Douglas added eight points.
The Raiders cut PND's lead to seven points twice in the fourth quarter, but couldn't get any closer. They cut the score to 47-40 on two free throws by Sam Douglas, and he also made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 50-43 with 3:40 remaining.
"We had our chances," Scott Douglas said. "We had several possessions where we blew up. Overall, they were the better team on the court tonight."
QND closes the regular season Tuesday at Decatur Eisenhower.