Efficient offense leads to easy victory for Blue Devils

Lincoln Elbe

Picture taken by Lincoln Elbe

By Herald-Whig

Posted: Feb. 6, 2016 12:01 am Updated: Feb. 7, 2016 12:45 am

QUINCY — Andy Douglas uses two stats above all others when he judges how the Quincy High School boys basketball team has performed.

One is the number of deflections.

“That tells me how active we’re being defensively,” the second-year QHS coach said. “That’s a big one.”

The other is field goal percentage.

“It’s a true tell of how we’re doing defensively,” Douglas said. “Are we giving up open shots? Are we contesting shots? Are we limiting their opportunities on the offensive end?

“And how are we doing at sharing the ball and putting ourselves in good position to score?”

The Blue Devils were about as efficient at that Saturday night as they have been all season.

“That’s a good word for it,” Douglas said after the Blue Devils piled up 18 assists on 27 field goals in a 64-39 thumping of Collinsville at Blue Devil Gym. “Something we’ve talked about quite often is getting good looks, not just getting looks at shots.

“It’s a true test of unselfish when you set a screen for a guy so he gets a good look or you’re not worried about yourself scoring but you drive and kick for someone else to score.”

Senior Cameron Gay epitomized that before than anyone. He didn’t score and took one shot, but he led the Blue Devils with five assists. His off-the-ball movement was critical to the Blue Devils shooting 45 percent from the field and scoring 20 points in both the first and third quarters.

“Coach is always talking about how we need to play unselfish and how we need to look for the extra pass,” Gay said. “It’s something we always try to do.”

The Blue Devils (16-5) scored the game’s first five points, opened on a 13-3 run and never let the Kahoks get closer than four points in the second quarter. Quincy closed the first half on a 13-4 run to take a 35-22 lead into the locker room and pushed the advantage to as many as 20 points before limiting Collinsville to four points in the fourth quarter.

The efficient effort was predicated by off-the-ball movement.

“It makes it 10 times easier to score,” Gay said. “When you have other guys moving around, even if you have the ball and may be getting trapped, you know you can dish it off to them.”

The Blue Devils committed just six turnovers and owned a 37-29 edge on the glass, collecting nine offensive rebounds and scoring seven second-chance points. Garrett Gadeke recorded his first career double-double, grabbing 11 rebounds and scoring 10 points, while Jake Jobe scored a game-high 23 points while hitting 5 of 11 3-pointers.

Meanwhile, the Kahoks (9-14) struggled offensively. They shot 30.6 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from 3-point range. Ronnie Midgett, the junior guard who came in averaging 15.7 points, finished with just six points on 2-of-12 shooting from the field.

“As efficient as we were on offense, I really liked how active we were on defense,” Douglas said. “It was a solid effort.”