Prep Boys Basketball

Game preview: DePaul College Prep vs. Quincy Notre Dame

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 24, 2019 12:01 am

DePaul College Prep vs. QND

When: 8:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Blue Devil Gym

Records: DePaul College Prep -- 13-6 (6-1 Chicago Catholic League Blue Division). QND -- 11-5.

Radio: WGEM 105.1 FM, WTAD 930 AM

Extra points: This will be the feature game on the first night of the second Quincy Shootout, which will have four games on Friday night and eight games on Saturday. The Raiders won two games in the inaugural shootout last season, and they come into the weekend having won three games in a row. The Rams are looking to rebound after losing twice last week and falling out of the top 10 in the Class 3A state poll. Still, it's been quite a resurgence for DePaul Prep. With a name change and a coaching change came renewed respect for the program. The school changed its name from Gordon Tech to DePaul College Prep in 2014, and that came two years after former Gordon Tech all-stater Tom Kleinschmidt returned as head coach. After enjoying just two winning seasons in an eight-year span before Kleinschmidt arrived, the Rams have had six straight winning seasons, won 65 percent of their games and won four straight regional titles. "We've gradually progressed," Kleinschmidt said. "The school hadn't won a league game in five years. We had to start from the ground floor and change the culture of the program. We had some good kids really buy into us, and we played them as freshmen and started seeing some gradual progress." The Rams are led by 6-foot-4 senior Perry Cowan, who has signed to play at Brown University. Cowan is averaging around 18 points per game and has scored 20 or more in four of the previous five games. Pavle Pantovic, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, gives the Rams an interior presence. He had 14 points and 12 rebounds in a victory over Providence St. Mel earlier this season. Lance Mosley, a 6-3 junior guard, and Raheem Anthony, a 6-1 senior point guard, give the Rams scoring balance.

-- Matt Schuckman