Prep Boys Basketball

Third-quarter substitution gets message across for Raiders

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 14, 2019 2:30 am

MONMOUTH, Ill. -- No words were spoken, but the message was clear.

The Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team once held a 19-point lead early in the second quarter and appeared on the brink of blowing out Monmouth-Roseville, but by the 4:07 mark of the third quarter, Raiders coach Kevin Meyer benched his five starters.

Three layups by the Titans to open the second half was enough for Meyer.

"We kind of knew why we were coming out," senior guard Nick Schwartz said. "It was just a lack of defensive effort."

When Collin Smith, Alex Mast, Max Wedding, David Hutson and Peyton Sheffield went into the game, QND held a 10-point lead. By the end of the fourth quarter, the Titans only trailed 48-43.

The Raiders went on to outscore the hosts 20-6 in the fourth quarter and win 68-49 to remain unbeaten in West Central Conference play.

While the reserves didn't achieve the results they wanted during that four-minute span in the third quarter -- they were outscored 9-4 -- the passion they played with pleased Meyer.

"I didn't say anything," he said. "I thought the guys who went in said it all. Yes, Monmouth-Roseville still scored, but they had to work a lot harder to score.

"When you do something like that, you're not trying to embarrass a group. There are two spotlights. How do (the starters) handle sitting on the bench? And what are you guys (the reserves) going to do?"

"It was probably the right time for us to take a seat," Schwartz said.

The second five had arguably the best offensive possession of the night, holding the ball for 45 seconds until Collin Smith drained a 3-pointer from in front of the QND bench.

"Everybody touched the ball, and Collin hit a shot we wanted," Meyer said. "That set the tone."

Smith knew the second five's job didn't have much to do with offense, however.

"(Coach) just wanted us to pick up the defensive intensity that he thought was lacking," he said. "We wanted to show what we can do."

When the starters re-entered the game to start the fourth quarter, Tommy Ray opened with a 3-pointer and Schwartz converted a steal for a layup. The Titans' J.C. Sells scored, but Dylan Foley scored five straight points and Schwartz turned another steal into a layup to put the Raiders back in front 60-45.

The Titans scored two points in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter.

"Credit to those guys," Schwartz said of the reserves. "They did what they were supposed to do, and when we went back in, we had a chip on our shoulder."

The Raiders played possibly their best quarter of the season when they made 12 of 19 shots and outscored the Titans 28-13 to open the game.

QND's biggest lead was at 34-15 after sophomore Grant Hyer's basket that some counted as a layup but others thought was a dunk because he grabbed the rim as the ball rattled around before dropping in.

"I thought (QND) played about as well as they could play early on," Titans coach Chuck Grant said. "They can't play any better. I just told my guys to keep chipping away, get (the deficit) to 10 by halftime and five by three quarters -- and we did that."

"We were flying around on defense," Schwartz said. "We were active on the press and in the halfcourt. We were getting runouts and easy buckets. Sometimes we scored so easy that we eventually just backed off the gas. That's what led to our fall down."

Foley had 19 points for the Raiders (18-6), who have won 13 of their last 15 games. Ray added 13 and Schwartz scored 12. Jamonny Skinner had 18 points for the Titans (14-12).

QND 68, Monmouth-Roseville 49

QUINCY NOTRE DAME (18-6)

Foley 8-13 3-4 19, Hyer 3-5 2-4 8, Bottorff 2-7 0-0 4, Schwartz 5-10 1-1 12, Ray 5-11 0-0 13, Smith 1-3 0-0 3, Mast 0-0 0-0 0, Wedding 1-1 1-1 3, Becker 0-0 0-0 0, P. Sheffield 0-0 0-0 0, Hutson 0-1 1-2 1, Schutte 0-0 0-0 0, J. Sheffield 0-0 0-0 0, Leffers 0-0 0-0 0, Schlipman 0-0 0-0 0, Jacobs 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 27-53 8-12 68.

MONMOUTH-ROSEVILLE (14-12)

Jamari Skinner 2-5 0-0 4, Ayala 0-1 0-0 0, Sells 4-11 2-2 11, Heinrich 4-7 0-0 8, Jamonny Skinner 5-12 8-11 18, Olson 1-2 3-4 5, Kane 0-1 0-0 0, Johnston 0-2 0-2 0, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Fletcher 0-0 0-0 0, Lindsey 1-1 0-0 2, Kapesa 0-0 0-1 0, Faleafaga 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-41 13-20 49.

Quincy Notre Dame 28 10 10 20--68

Monmouth-Roseville 13 15 15 6--49

3-point field goals--Quincy Notre Dame 6-17 (Ray 3-8, Schwartz 1-4, Smith 1-3, Jacobs 1-1, Foley 0-1), Monmouth-Roseville 2-12 (Heinrich 1-4, Sells 1-3, Johnston 0-1, Olson 0-1, Jamari Skinner 0-1, Jamonny Skinner 0-2). Rebounds--Quincy Notre Dame 30 (Bottorff 9), Monmouth-Roseville 23 (Jamonny Skinner, Olson 4). Turnovers--Monmouth-Roseville 20, Quincy Notre Dame 17. Fouls--Quincy Notre Dame 19, Monmouth-Roseville 11. Fouled out--none. Technical foul--Jamonny Skinner. Officials--Joe Thompson, Bret Bruington, Marty Flaherty.