On a night when Collinsville honored its 1965 state-championship team, the Quincy Blue Devils gained a measure of revenge.
Junior Jacob Jobe scored a game-high 17 points and the Blue Devils used a stellar defensive performance to defeat the Kahoks 39-34. Quincy lost to Collinsville 55-52 in the finals of the state tourney 50 years ago at Assembly Hall in Champaign.
“Where’s our trophy?” first-year Quincy coach Andy Douglas cracked after his team limited the Kahoks (8-8) to 13 second-half points.
“When you’re coming into Collinsville on a special night like tonight was for them, and playing against a team of their caliber that was playing extremely well and motivated, for us to come in and play the way we did, I’m very pleased with it,” Douglas said. “That was our statement win this season, and I’m glad it came when it did.”
Quincy (9-6) trailed 14-6 after one quarter, but led 23-21 at halftime. The game was knotted at 30 after Collinsville senior Brent Langley hit a 3-pointer, one of three he had in the period, but the Blue Devils took the lead for good on a three-point play by senior Regan Tenhouse with 1:55 to play in the third.
Collinsville never led again as it struggled mightily to get anything going against Quincy’s swarming defense. Langley and senior Anfirnee Wilkinson led the Kahoks with nine points apiece, but 6-foot-8 senior Emondre Rickman was held to seven on 3-for-5 shooting.
“We didn’t do a good a good job attacking the 1-2-2 (zone),” Collinsville coach Darin Lee said. “We haven’t done a very good job with that. But we did have some turnovers (six) in transition in the third quarter, and (Quincy) was patient.”
Douglas was pleased with the stellar defense of his players.
“They executed extremely well,” Douglas said. “The first four minutes, five minutes of the game, not so much. Our bigs got out a little too far and we tried to fight around them on the inside and it led to easy points for them.
“But in the third quarter and the second half, we played it smart. We played unselfish on the offensive end and we played motivated on the defensive end.”
The game started out with promise for the Kahoks, as Wilkinson scored six points and Rickman was a force inside with five. Senior Harrison Wethers also contributed a 3-pointer as Collinsville grabbed its eight-point lead.
Quincy, however, opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 14. Junior Michael Dade had a 3-pointer, Jobe had a basket and senior Lincoln Elbe hit a 3.
Wilkinson popped a 3-pointer to put the Kahoks ahead 21-18 with 2:39 left in the half, but Jobe answered with a 3 of his own and followed with two free throws. Collinsville didn’t lead again.
The Kahoks were 12-for-29 from the field (41 percent). They committed eight of their 12 turnovers in the second half, which also didn’t aid their comeback attempts.