Prep Boys Basketball

Prep basketball preview: United Township at Quincy High School

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 11, 2018 12:01 am

United Township at QHS

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Blue Devil Gym

Records: United Township -- 7-8 (0-3 Western Big Six Conference). QHS -- 11-3 (2-1 WB6).

Radio: ESPN 1440 AM, WGEM 98.9 FM, KZZK 105.9 AM

Inside the matchup: This will be the first WB6 home game this season for the Blue Devils, who played three league road games in December. Quincy plays five of its remaining seven WB6 games at Blue Devil Gym. The Blue Devils have had two weeks off since finishing 3-1 and in fifth place at the Prairie Farms Holiday Classic in Collinsville. Junior guard Jaeden Smith leads Quincy in scoring at 12.6 points per game, while senior guard Aaron Shoot and senior forward Ben Amos are averaging 12.2 and 11 points, respectively. The Panthers went 2-2 at the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament, beating Rockford Boylan 60-45 in the consolation third-place game. However, they suffered a 69-64 loss to Rockford Lutheran at the New Year Showdown at Clinton when they allowed 45 second-half points. Senior guard Delaney Little leads the Panthers in scoring at 11.3 points per game and has made 31 3-pointers. Junior swingman Shamar Grant is averaging 9.6 points per game, but he's scoring 14 points per game in WB6 play and gets to free-throw line more than any other UT player. He is 44 of 60 this season and 8 of 11 from the line in WB6 play.

-- Matt Schuckman