Second half much more productive for Blue Devils

By David Adam Herald-WhigPosted: Feb. 9, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Feb. 9, 2019 11:50 pm

QUINCY — Didn’t all of our moms tell us that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all? 

The less said about the first half of Quincy High School’s boys basketball game against Jacksonville, the better. 

The Blue Devils forced the Crimsons into 13 second-half turnovers, and they made 10 of 17 shots from the field in the final two quarters as they won 47-32 on Saturday night in Blue Devil Gym.?Adonte Crider scored 10 of his 17 points in the second half, and Quincy’s defense only allowed 13 shots in the final 16 minutes. 

“It started on defensive end,” said senior Jaeden Smith, who had 12 points. “We were getting them in trouble, and it led to easy transition baskets.” 

Seven of Quincy’s baskets were the direct result of steals. 

The other five baskets the Blue Devils scored were a little more difficult to come by. 

As Jacksonville settled into its 1-2-2 zone, Quincy (11-11) bombed away from 3-point range with little success. Twelve of the 13 treys attempted failed, and the lack of an attack at the basket meant the Blue Devils didn’t shoot a free throw in the first half. 

Jacksonville (6-22), which had lost 10 of its last 11 games by a minimum of 14 points, held Quincy without a point for the final 4:17 of the second quarter. An offensive rebound basket by Tyson Richardson and a steal and score by Noah Newton put the Crimsons ahead 17-15 at halftime. 

“I don’t get excited very easily,” Crimsons coach Cody Gray said about the first half. “Our kids play hard all the time, and when we execute, it’s hard to play with us. Our kids were in the right positions on the court, and they had some success.” 

Quincy coach Andy Douglas said his team came out flat to start the game. 

“We missed some open shots, and we settled too much for outside shots, especially when they weren’t dropping,” he said. “That dictated the tempo we had defensively. We allowed them in the paint, and they beat us baseline a couple of times and scored. 

“We wanted to be the aggressors, and in the second half we were … but we failed at that in the first half.” 

Crider and Smith said the halftime talk from Douglas was direct. 

“It was a little rough,” Smith said. “I didn’t know their record, but Coach said something about how we had went and looked at their record and didn’t play the game we needed to play. We just had to come out and play a little harder in the second half.” 

“Coach got in our ear and said we have to get after it on defense,” Crider said. 

Quincy forced five turnovers in the first five minutes of the third quarter and went on a 12-5 run to take a 27-22 lead, and it never trailed again. 

Jacksonville was down by six entering the fourth quarter, but a 12-2 run highlighted by 3-point shots from Crider and Jeremiah Talton put the game out of reach. 

“We just went away from some of the offensive stuff that was working because they put pressure on us,” Gray said. “(Quincy is) very, very good. (Smith) can handle the ball as good as anybody in the state. (Talton) being as big as he is, it’s hard to contest that shot, and Jirehl is very special.” 

“We slacked off a little in the first half, but we started getting into our groove in the second half,” Crider said. 

Quincy 47, Jacksonville 32