Quincy boys' basketball team earns 53-46 win over Hamilton

Shannon Morrow

Keyshawn Johnson scored 21 points for Quincy in last week’s league win against Hamilton.

Sports Editor

The Quincy High School boys’ basketball team captured three straight league wins to improve to 10-7 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-Valley North standings.

In last week’s home game against Hamilton Jan. 25, junior Keyshawn Johnson led the Quincy Trojans with 21 points, including two 3-pointers and five of seven free throws.

Justin Lusk and Devonte Smith each added nine points on the evening.

The match began slowly, as more than four minutes ticked off the clock without a basket, until Quincy senior Zack Vaughn finally opened the scoring and drew a foul to give Quincy a 3-0 lead.

Vaughn finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 from the free-throw line.

Hamilton quickly answered back and outscored Quincy by three baskets to take a 10-7 lead, but then Quincy turned things back around to take a 13-12 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Hamilton briefly recaptured the lead by opening the second period with a 3-pointer, but then Quincy ran the next nine points, capped by a 3-pointer by Johnson, which forced Hamilton to call a timeout.

The stoppage helped Hamilton cool Quincy’s momentum and the Braves got back to within two points, but then Quincy ran another seven straight points to take a 30-21 lead at halftime.

Lusk opened the second half with a quick 3-pointer, but then both teams fell into more of a defensive posture, and the third quarter ended with Quincy scoring nine points and Hamilton scoring five.

After the first three quarters, Quincy had assembled a 39-26 advantage.

Once the final period began, Hamilton notched it up on offense and hit a couple 3-pointers, cutting the Trojan’s lead from 13 points to five points midway through the quarter.

Not wanting to leave the door open for Hamilton, the Quincy Trojans stepped it up down the stretch, scoring three consecutive baskets.

This forced Hamilton to begin fouling for possession, and Quincy came away with a 53-46 win.

Smith led Quincy with seven rebounds, while Johnson and Lusk each grabbed five and Ethan Skemp captured four.

Johnson led the Trojans with four steals and four assists.

Four days prior, the Trojans registered their first league win with a 62-45 victory at Biggs Jan. 21.

Quincy scored 18 points in the first quarter, 15 points in each of the second and third quarters and 14 points in the final period.

Justin Saltel led Quincy’s offense with 16 points, making all six of his free throws.

Sebastian Garcia and Smith each netted 13 points for the Trojans, with Garcia draining three 3-pointers. Vaughn added eight points.

While leaving it to their teammates to score the majority of the points, Lusk and Johnson were busy on the boards, leading the Trojans with eight rebounds and seven rebounds, respectively.

Consequently, Lusk and Johnson combined for 11 assists.

Most recently, the Trojans went on the road and defeated Esparto 49-42 last Friday, Jan. 28.

Quincy plays at home again this Friday, Feb. 4, against Williams.

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