QUINCY — Let down with his team’s lack of toughness in Thursday night’s loss to Lewis, Quincy College men’s basketball mentor Ryan Hellenthal laid forth a challenge for the Hawks.
Show you deserving to wear the jersey.
“I did not feel they played the appropriate way for the system and all the guys who experienced performed in advance of them,” Hellenthal reported. “I challenged them to perform at a degree which is suitable with how this method has been designed about the years.”
The Hawks embraced the challenge.
A person of the ideal defensive attempts of the season in which Quincy continually cleaned Illinois-Springfield off the glass and shut down the Prairie Stars’ perimeter recreation resulted in a 75-64 victory Saturday in Fantastic Lakes Valley Conference play at Pepsi Arena.
“He wished us all to appear ourselves in the mirror and see if we could appear back again and hit back when adversity struck us,” junior guard Jamaurie Coakley mentioned. “We battled back, and I thought we did a good career of responding.”
With winnable game titles on the horizon, developing momentum was paramount.
The Hawks (5-11) journey to Southern Indiana on Wednesday to face the Screaming Eagles, who will be without the need of preseason All-American forward Emmanuel Minimal. Two months back, Little left the method and announced on social media he was getting into the NCAA transfer portal.
A residence recreation against Truman State, which defeat Quincy in additional time in December, looms next Saturday.
“I advised my team if we can just clearly show some toughness and win, that would make Wednesday’s recreation all that considerably far more entertaining to put together for,” Hellenthal said. “From a self confidence aspect, it’s a great springboard into Wednesday and subsequent week.”
The Hawks know what it will take to proceed rolling.
“We have to lock them up,” QU senior forward Tanner Stuckman explained. “They have Josh Cost in the center, and he’s a person. He’s a developed male, and we have to lock him up. For us to have achievements these past 6 games, we’re seriously heading to have to lock teams down defensively.”
It is what they did to Illinois-Springfield.
Sophomore guard Chase Robinson, who averages 18.2 points for every sport and scored 30 in the Prairie Stars’ time-opening victory in opposition to the Hawks, struggled to get clear appears to be. He went 5 of 19 from the subject and 1 of 9 from 3-issue range, finishing with 13 details.
His struggles contributed to the Prairie Stars heading 5 of 24 from 3-level vary (20.8 per cent).
“Everybody contributed,” explained Stuckman, who had 18 details and went 8 of 9 from the no cost-toss line. “It was a finish group effort. We genuinely locked them down on the defensive stop.”
The total engagement carried about to the offensive conclude.
Coakley led three Hawks in double figures with 19 factors, and all seven gamers who played 13 or more minutes scored. The Hawks shot 51 % from the subject and 43.8 p.c from 3-position vary and turned the ball around just 14 instances.
Far more importantly, the Hawks all contributed to successful the rebound fight. Quincy outrebounded Illinois-Springfield 38-26 as Stuckman, Charles Callier and Silas Crisler each individual grabbed 8 rebounds and everybody contributed at least a person rebound.
“It’s crucial to get the load off Stuckman and (Adam Moore) and our bigs,” mentioned Coakley, who experienced two rebounds Saturday but is averaging a team-main 5.3 rebounds for each sport. “We just test to perform massive and go get the basketball and do our section.”
The willingness to do that is what Hellenthal wanted to see.