QND at Breese Mater Dei
When: 7:15 p.m. Friday
Where: Mater Dei High School, Breese, Ill.
Records: QND--3-1. Mater Dei--4-3.
Radio: WGEM 105.1 FM
Extra points: The Knights have been solid defensively, allowing no more than 60 points in a game and holding four of six opponents to 43 points or less. The top four scorers from last year's 12-16 team are gone. Grant Goebel scored on a layup with five seconds left to give Mater Dei a 44-43 victory over Belleville Althoff on Tuesday. Other victories were over Miller Career Academy, Northwest Academy and New Berlin, with losses coming to John Burroughs and Chicago Marshall. Caleb Zurliene, a 6-foot-4 junior, is a good leaper and leads the team at 14.2 points per game, with five other players scoring between 6.3 and 8.7 points per game. "He's the guy we're counting on to score," Knights coach Ron Schadegg told the Springfield State Journal-Register about Zurliene. "If he doesn't score, we tend to struggle. He understands the game and is a quality player." Point guard Jacob Schadegg is the coach's son. Four players are averaging at least one 3-pointer per game.
-- David Adam