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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 5C m Mari Erin Roth Sports Editor eroth@plu Valentine's Day was a sweet night for the Quincy Trojans as they were vindicated on their home court against the Portola Tigers on Feb. 14. During a very close game that looked more often like it would end up in favor of the Tigers, the Trojans pulled off a score of 57-51 in the final moments of the game. With 17 seconds left in the game the score was 53-51, Quincy in the lead and Portola in possession of the ball. After a double overtime the last time these rivals met, more than a few fans considered the potential for a repeat scene. The whole game was packed with action. Portola was first on the scoreboard. Attempting to put the first basket in for the Trojans, Drew Baumgartner overran the goal area and ran up the wall like Spiderman, but no basket. Portola actually put 6 points on the board before Quincy's Luis Santos sunk a 3-pointer putting the Trojans in the game. Trojan Simon McQuarrie sunk a 3-pointer that put Quincy ahead for the first time at 9-8. It was short-lived as Portola took the lead back immediately, and so it went, back and forth, until the first quarter ended with Quincy up 11-10. But Portola's defense was really on and the Quincy offense not so much. The Trojans exerted tremendous effort to get the ball down to the goal, shoot and miss; Portola would take possession, head to their goal, shoot and score. That's how the Tigers pulled ahead and began to claim the game as their )wn. Tiger Mitch Pearson made one heck of a shot to end the second quarter; from mid-point in the court he heaved the ball just before the buzzer sounded. The ball had to travel so far to the basket from Pearson's shooting spot that it seemed like forever for it to get within 20 feet of the backboard. The whole gym fell silent as the ball got closer and closer and BAM! It went in. Pearson's outrageous shot made sure everyone would be returning after halftime to see what happened next in this very exciting rivalry rematch. The Portola Tigers were up 10 points by the break, leading 32-22. Quincy cheerleaders performed a brand new routine for the crowd that was very well received and quite polished. Little Hannah Woodlee, "almost 3-and-a-half years old," said her father Coach Mike Woedlee, was dressed in a pink ballet outfit and became an impromptu "part two" halftime show generating applause from both sides of the house. After the halRime festivities, both teams were very serious about matching each other's efforts point-for-point in the third quarter, 12 for Quincy and 11 for the Tigers. Portola's Antonio Maddelena made a dramatic full court run after snagging the ball, taking it all the way down and into the basket making the score 38-27. Tiger Lowdermilk followed suit and repeated the play himself, again scoring for Portola. Quincy hung on by a thread, staying in the game with two free throws and a 2-pointer by Shane Flanigan when the Trojans really needed it. Holding tight to the front position, Portola lead 43-34 going into the fourth. But in that fourth quarter the Trojans leapt over whatever chasm they were negotiating and put 22 points on the board to the Tigers' 8. The score was 53-51 with mere seconds left in the game. Each team called a time out and tension was high in the watching crowd, many of whom had witnessed the double overtime during the last rival match th it started with a score of 53-53. Plots and plans about what to do in those few remaining moments was reviewed intently in both team huddles. When the clock started ticking those few precious moments, Crowe Herbertson put in two free throws making it 55-51 and then Trojan Flanigan got his chance and made two free throws and that was it. The game ended at 57-51 and what a game it was. Those free throws sealed the deal for the Trojans. Overall, the Tigers made five free throws in the game out of eight opportunities. The Trojans scored nine out of 14 chances. Five of the Trojans' nine were sunk by Flanigan out of his eight shots taken. "Hats offto Quincy," said Tiger coach Tim Brubaker. "They shot the ball very well in the second half and made some nice adjustments at halRime." It may have come down to the 3-pointers. The Tigers were very conservative with 3-pointers during the rivalry re-match with Pearson and Lowdermiik each scoring one, unusual for the Portola boys team. Quincy, on the other hand, went all out and really loosened up with 10 big 3-pointers to the Tigers' two. A majority of the Trojans put at least one 3-pointer on the board. McQuarrie was on fire doing all he could for the Trojans playing both tremendous defense and offense. He put in four 3-pointers alone, three of those in the fourth quarter. Flanigan put in two, Cameron Dingel, Herbertson-Deemer and Santos all added one of their own. That's a lot of points, 30 of the total winning 56. High scorer for the game though goes to Tiger Dom Vukabadovich with 15 points followed closely by his teammates Lowdermllk with 14 and Pearson adding 9. Scoring glory was spread out evenly on the Quincy team. McQuarrie came out high scorer for the Trojans with 14 points, Dingel and Flanigan both with 11 and Herbertson-Deemer racked up 9 points on the board. Herbertson-Deemer injured his knee a few games back and has been lying low toheal. The end of the season. Final Portola Tiger boys are 10-12 Good sportsmanship again games have been runninginto overall and 3-2 in the league. was evident with these rival weather challenges and Quincy is 7-16 overall and 3-3 teams who helped each other coaches have been trying their for the league. up regardless of team best to arrange last minute Playoff calculations are affiliation when extra effort conference matches, but the tallied on all the matches landed them on the floor, rain and snow are not completed before Saturday, What is next for these boys? cooperating. Feb. 18, rain or shine. Trojans No. 30, Theo Moresi, and No. 5, Crowe Herbertson-Deemer, give Tiger Kodi Lowdermilk a hard time for hanging on to the ball, but he persists. Tiger Antonio Maddalena scores with a clean free throw Feb. 14 in Quincy. Photos by Mari Erin Roth 336 Small Steps to a Healthier You Come learn nutrition facts and principles of optimal health. Wednesday, Feb. 22 * 5:30-6:30pm At Feather River Fitness FREE and open to the public! Nina Harris, MPH, R.D., a registered dietician with a master's degree in public health, will be discussing why what you eat is the foundation of better health and fitness. Health Q & A Cooking Demonstrations = Recipes Light Dinner Feather River Fitness 283-9401 Crescent St., Quincy , Mon-Fri: 5am-8pm Sat-Sun: 8am-Noon It may have been the "Quincy Quazies" magic that helped the Trojans success on the free throw line in the rematch against Portola on Feb. 14. Quincy Trojans and Portola Tigers meet with their respective coaches to come up with winning game plans for the rivalry rematch Valentine's Day in Quincy. Best Prices Eg Selbction! In-Home Design 6Y