Schuckman: Quincy Shootout provides moments easily considered best of the best

Wasatch Academy point guard John Mobley Jr., left, put up a double-double in both of the Tigers' games in the Quincy Shootout. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Over the span of 32 hours and 13 games, the players, teams and coaches who participated in the sixth Quincy Shootout put on quite a show in Blue Devil Gym. Here are some of the best things I witnessed: Best player: Wasatch Academy point guard John Mobley Jr. has signed with Ohio State…

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Photo gallery: Scenes from the Quincy Shootout

Blue Devil mascot Nate Hetzler stands on the court as the Quincy High School boys basketball team's starting lineup is introduced. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — A gym full of basketball junkies enjoyed being treated to top-level talent during the sixth Quincy Shootout, which took place Friday and Saturday at Blue Devil Gym. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent all 13 games courtside and put together this photo gallery of scenes from the shootout:

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Hot Wires-d: Tenacious play of QHS guard sets tone for dynamic defensive effort

Quincy High School senior guard Ralph Wires defense Imhotep Charter's Ahmad Nowell during Saturday night's game in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The pain was worth it. “Of course,” Ralph Wires said. With three minutes remaining in Saturday night’s marquee game of the Quincy Shootout, the Quincy High School senior guard was fouled, knocked to the floor and struggled to get to his feet because of the cramping in his left calf. Eventually, Wires made…

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Quincy Shootout: Principia, Wasatch Academy bookend Saturday slate with victories

Winchester West Central's Zack Evans, center, gets his path to the basket cut off by Principia's Wyatt Slay, left, and Ron Henry during Saturday's game in the Quincy Shootout in Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Here is a look at what transpired Saturday during the sixth Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym: Principia 74, Winchester West Central 49 An 11-point lead at halftime ballooned as the Panthers imposed their will in the paint and in transition. Principia shot 44.9 percent from the floor and held a 43-29 edge…

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Photo gallery: First night of Quincy Shootout entertains basketball-loving fanbase

Link Academy's Jalen Shelley, left, blocks a shot by Oak Cliff Faith Family's Isaac Williams during Friday night's game in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The appetizer was quite tasty. The main course promises to be just as delictable. The sixth Quincy Shootout kicked off Friday night with four games each at Blue Devil Gym and The Pit, and the matchups produced plenty of highlights, including a 75-13 whitewashing of Geneseo by the Quincy High School boys basketball…

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Quincy Shootout: Scoreboard and schedule

Millard North's Elijah Gaeth, left, attacks off the dribble against Chicago Curie during Friday's game in the Quincy Shootout at The Pit at Quincy Notre Dame. | Ron Kinscherf photo

QUINCY — The sixth Quincy Shootout kicked off Friday night with games at Blue Devil Gym and the Pit. Here are those results and a look at Saturday’s schedule: Friday’s games At Blue Devil Gym Wasatch Academy 83, iSchool of Lewisville 54 MVP — Wasatch Academy’s Chris Nwuli (18 points, 8 rebounds) Link Academy 69,…

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Principia’s defense creates havoc, deficit QND is unable to erase

Principia's Jaylen Edwards, left, gets hounded by Quincy Notre Dame's Conner Young during Friday night's game in the Quincy Shootout at The Pit. | Ron Kinscherf photo

QUINCY — After having not played in 13 days, the Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball players figured they would have to knock off a little rust. The Raiders just didn’t expect it would take them until the second half to do it. By that time, it was too late. Principia’s tenacious defense limited QND to…

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From A to Z, Quincy Shootout promises to be wonderland for basketball junkies

Quincy High School guard Bradley Longcor III and the Blue Devils will face the No. 1-ranked team in Pennsylvania's Class 5A when they go up against Imhotep Charter on Saturday night at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The sixth Quincy Shootout is arguably the most talented collection of athletes and teams Gem City basketball fans have seen. Players who have committed to, signed with or received offers from three of the top four teams in the Associated Press college basketball top 25 will be playing in Quincy this weekend. In…

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Schuckman: Staley, Vashon and other Quincy Shootout participants complete their legacy moments

Kansas City Staley coach Chris Neff, left, and Falcons completed a 30-win season Saturday night by winning the Missouri Class 6 state championship. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Through the course of two January days and 13 games played at Blue Devil Gym during the fifth Quincy Shootout, some of the best prep basketball talent regionally and nationally was on display. But as those teams left with more than a month remaining in each of their seasons, a lingering question existed.…

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Coaches offer thoughts on high-level play, incredible atmosphere of Quincy Shootout

Fans filled Blue Devil Gym for the Quincy Shootout, which brought together a bally-hooed collection of high school basketball talent from across the nation. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman had the opportunity throughout the two-day Quincy Shootout to visit with prep basketball coaches from teams across the country who have made Blue Devil Gym a January destination. Their overwhelming sentiment? The Shootout is a you-must-experience-this event. Here’s what they had to say:

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Photo gallery: Scenes from 2023 Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym

The Vashon boys basketball team celebrates its victory over Modesto Christian on Saturday night in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The fifth Quincy Shootout featured incredible basketball and incredible community support with fans filling the Blue Devil Gym stands throughout Friday and Saturday’s action. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman captured some of the atmosphere in this photo gallery:

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Age of awareness: Falcons use maturity, physicality to hand Blue Devils first home loss

Kansas City Staley's Larry Parker, left, leaps to impede Quincy High School guard Bradley Longcor III's path to the basket during Saturday's game in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The difference between seniors and sophomores is so much more than two years of age. “I think our guys are starting to understand that,” Quincy High School boys basketball coach Andy Douglas said. How can he be sure? He listened to several of the Blue Devils, including sophomore guard Bradley Longcor III and…

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Suns rise to occasion in second half as Fry’s treys provide needed boost in Quincy Shootout victory

Southeastern's Danny Stephens, right, gets inside rebounding position against Elsberry's Kyle Turnbull during Saturday's game in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym.

QUINCY — Caleb Johnson listened to what others were saying. The Elsberry boys basketball coach wasn’t going to allow Southeastern all-stater Danny Stephens to alone beat the Indians. “I talked to coaches around the area and they said if you can contain him and make others beat you then you have a chance,” Johnson said. …

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Quincy Shootout: Mosser’s sizzling shooting carries Millard North past Father Tolton

Father Tolton's Evens Appolon, right, looks to make a move toward the basket against Millard North's Derek Rollins during Saturday's game in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Millard North boys basketball players didn’t overcomplicate things. When Neal Mosser got in a groove, they fed him the ball. The junior shooting guard knocked down five of the Mustangs’ eight 3-pointers in the first half of Saturday’s game against Columbia (Mo.) Father Tolton in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym.…

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Quincy Shootout: St. Rita uses strong start to overtime to propel itself past Real Salt Lake

Chicago St. Rita's Nojus Indrusaitis, left, drives to the basket against Real Salt Lake during Saturday's Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The environments the Chicago St. Rita boys basketball team has played in this season run the gamut from hostile to enthusiastic to being in the national spotlight. “Our schedule is kind of crazy this year, but it’s with the goal of making a state run,” Mustangs coach Roshawn Russell said. “The only way…

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Quincy Shootout: Chaminade’s 3-point sharpshooters take down Chicago Curie

Chicago Curie's Chikasi Ofoma looks for a call after battling for a loose ball against Chaminade during the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — With Chaminade playing the third of nine games Saturday in the Quincy Shootout, freshman forward Jamison White wasn’t sure what to expect. “I walked in and was like, ‘Wow, a lot of people here,’” White said. The Red Devils and the freshman marksman gave the Blue Devil Gym crowd a reason to be…

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Quincy Shootout: Link Academy’s defense steals show in lopsided victory over Faith Family

Link Academy's Tyler McKinley, right, backs down Oak Cliff Faith Family's Jadyn Toppin during their game in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The large crowd filling Blue Devil Gym to catch a glimpse of the No. 1-ranked prep boys basketball team in the nation expected to see Link Academy dazzle with an above-the-rim offensive display. As good as the Lions were offensively, their defense stole the show. Link Academy limited Oak Cliff Faith Family to…

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Quincy Shootout: Murray-Boyles dominates paint for Wasatch Valley

Wasatch Valley's Collin Murray-Boyles, right, kicks out a pass during the Tigers' game against Bergen Catholic in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Wasatch Valley senior forward Collin Murray-Boyles couldn’t be stopped. The 6-foot-7 South Carolina signee dominated the paint Saturday against Bergen Catholic during the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym, flushing three dunks in the first half and four overall as part of a 20-point effort in the Tigers’ 65-48 victory. Murray-Boyles scored 18…

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Quincy Shootout: Vashon starts, finishes lambasting Modesto Christian with defensive bookends

The Vashon boys basketball team celebrates its victory over Modesto Christian during Saturday's game in the Quincy Shootout in Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The No. 1-ranked boys basketball team in Missouri Class 4 showed once again why it is on its way to winning another state championship. Vashon used balanced scoring and dynamite defensive efforts to bookend a 60-41 victory over Modesto Christian on Saturday in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. Modesto Christian was…

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Quincy Shootout: Huntington Prep breaks single-game scoring record in event’s final contest

The Burlington School's Cam Flippen, right, looks to drive around a screen during Saturday night's game against Huntington Prep in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — None of the Huntington Prep boys basketball players knew it at the time, but it didn’t take long after the 88-67 victory The Burlington School for word to spread the Express had broken the Quincy Shootout’s single-game scoring record. A 29-point first quarter will put you on the path to that. Huntington Prep…

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Defensive traction not enough to turn tide in QND’s favor in setback against Father Tolton

Father Tolton forward Evens Appolon, left, blocks the shot of Quincy Notre Dame guard Charlie Lavery during Friday night's game in the Quincy Shootout at The Pit. | Photo courtesy Max Bennett

QUINCY — The traction gained repeatedly on defense didn’t translate to offensive efficiency, handcuffing the Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team in its comeback effort Friday night. Despite holding Columbia (Mo.) Father Tolton to a pair of fourth-quarter field goals, the Raiders managed just three field goals themselves, resulting in a 49-41 loss in the…

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Quincy Shootout: Taking charge in overtime catapults Oak Cliff Faith Family to victory

Oak Cliff Faith Family forward Doryan Onwuchekwa. left, chats with Eagles coach Brandon Thomas during a free throw in Friday's game against Chicago Curie in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — After committing a shot clock violation on its first possession of overtime Friday night, the Oak Cliff Faith Family boys basketball team knew how to respond. Take a charge to earn a defensive stop. By doing so, the Eagles quickly reset themselves offensively, using the energy brought about by the charging foul to…

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Quincy Shootout: Link Academy fends off Wasatch Academy’s second-half surge

Wasatch Valley's Malick Diallo, left, battles Link Academy's Elliot Cadeau for rebounding position during Friday night's game in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym.

QUINCY — A runaway turned into a barn-burner. What else would you expect from a matchup of two teams ranked in the top 20 nationally. It created the drama a curious and enthusiastic Blue Devil Gym crowd hoped to see. Despite being held to six points in the first quarter of Friday night’s matchup with…

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Quincy Shootout: St. Rita overcomes 24-point second-half deficit, beats Modesto Christian in OT

Chicago St. Rita's Nojus Indrusaitis throws down a dunk in overtime of the victory over Modesto Christian on Friday night in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Once Chicago St. Rita’s trio of NCAA Division I commits took over, Modesto (Calif.) Christian couldn’t flip the fleeting momentum back in its favor. Trailing by 16 points at halftime and as many as 24 points in the third quarter, St. Rita chiseled the deficit to just five points with four minutes remaining…

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Schuckman: Anticipation for Quincy Shootout is matched by all-in effort to make it happen

QUINCY — Eric Stratman’s excitement is understandable. For the last 12 months, since the day after the fourth Quincy Shootout ended, Stratman has been tirelessly working to assemble another stellar field. A former Quincy High School athlete and coach with a passion for community events, Stratman’s role as event organizer can be challenging and stressful.…

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One Hull of an idea: Morphing radio broadcasts into YouTube channel allows Central Illinois Sports to highlight student-athletes with broader reach

The Hull family — from left to right, Charlie, John and Jack Hull — run Central Illinois Sports, which livestreams video and audio of high school and junior high sporting events through via their YouTube channel. | Submitted photo

PITTSFIELD, Ill. — Charlie and John Hull were slipping on headsets and helping broadcast sporting events when most kids their age were collecting Pokémon cards. Just 10 and 13 years old, respectively, they would tag along with their dad, Jack Hull, who was working alongside the late Harry Wagy for WBBA-FM in Pittsfield. Jack soon…

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Schuckman: It’s gotta be the shoes as Quincy Shootout participants put their footware on display

A vast majority of the players participating in the Quincy Shootout this weekend at Blue Devil Gym were wearing unique footwear. Matt Schuckman photo

Stylish, bold, eye-catching and colorful. And it’s all about sole. During the fourth Quincy Shootout, which took place Friday and Saturday at Blue Devil Gym and Friday night at the Pit, the shoe game of some of the top prep basketball players in the state and in the nation was on display. A handful of…

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Quincy Shootout: Kramer adds to family legacy in Blue Devil Gym by taking down Blue Devils

SLUH senior guard Nick Kramer, right, laughs about a call before Quincy High School's Reid O'Brien gets ready to inbound the ball during Saturday night's Quincy Shootout game at Blue Devil Gym. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The son of a Blue Devil legend did all he could to keep a current Quincy High School boys basketball standout carving his own legacy from adding a Quincy Shootout victory to his resume. By doing so, Nick Kramer made the trip down memory lane unforgettable. Kramer, the St. Louis University High senior…

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Quincy Shootout: Eagles’ chemistry creates edge as they pull away from Dukes

The Liberty boys basketball team's bench reacts to Cannen Wolf burying a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer Saturday in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The initial reaction was what Greg Altmix expected. Thursday afternoon, the Liberty boys basketball coach informed his players they had added a game to the schedule with an appearance in the fourth Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. “(The organizers) giving us a chance to come and play in this event really got…

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Quincy Shootout: iSchool of Lewisville uses 3-pointers to put stamp on victory

Players from the iSchool of Lewisville and Huntington Prep battle for position to grab a rebound during Saturday night's final game of the Quincy Shootout. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter allowed the iSchool of Lewisville to finish off a 65-56 victory over Huntington Prep in the final game of the Quincy Shootout in Blue Devil Gym. Aaron Carter made two of his six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 20 points. Jason Thirdkill added 17…

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Quincy Shootout: Berkmar puts three in double figures, holds off Father Tolton

Father Tolton's Jevon Porter, right, looks to pass out of the post while being pressured by a Berkmar defender during Saturday's action in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — A three-pronged attack proved to be better than one dominant force. Despite getting 25 points from senior forward Jevon Porter, Columbia Father Tolton couldn’t put the clamps on Berkmar (Ga.) as the Patriots had three players score in double figures in a 60-58 victory in the Quincy Shootout. Bryce Blaine buried a 3-pointer…

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Quincy Shootout: Strong start gives Link Academy edge in matchup with St. Rita

Link Academy's Trey Green, right, settles in to play defense in the first half Saturday against Chicago St. Rita in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Link Academy let Tarris Reed Jr. establish the post presence immediately. The rest of the Lions followed his lead. Reed scored nine of his 17 points in the first quarter when Link outscored Chicago St. Rita 14-9, but he had only two points in the 24-point second quarter. Six other players scored in…

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Quincy Shootout: Cadets’ balanced attack, stingy second-half defense lead to victory

CBC sophomore center John Bol, left, applies pressure to Modesto Christian's BJ Davis during Saturday's game in the Quincy Shootout in Blue Devil Gym. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Modesto Christian boys basketball team’s 2,000-mile trip from California seemed like a worthwhile adventure when the Crusaders had a 45-40 halftime lead over CBC out of St. Louis. The Crusaders must have forgotten to pack their offense for the second half. The Cadets scored 44 points in the second half, while limiting…

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Quincy Shootout: Lions able to outlast Fighting Irish in double overtime

Peoria Notre Dame guard Nelson Reynolds, right, looks to drive while teammate Cooper Koch is being flanked by two Cardinal Ritter defenders during Saturday's game in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Two big defensive plays in the final minute of overtime led to Peoria Notre Dame and St. Louis Cardinal Ritter needing a second extra session. The Lions made sure there wouldn’t be a third. Robert Lewis knocked down three free throws to help Cardinal Ritter stave off PND with a 67-66 victory in…

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Quincy Shootout: Mighty Elephants enjoy mighty edge in second quarter

Iowa City West guard Christian Barnes, right, looks to attack against Math, Civics and Sciences Charter of Philadelphia during Saturday's game in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — A 23-point second quarter swung the momentum in favor of the Math, Civics and Sciences Charter of Philadelphia, and the Mighty Elephants never relented in dispatching Iowa City West 71-51 on Saturday in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. Trent Middleton’s second-quarter outburst sparked the swing as he scored 14 points in…

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Quincy Shootout: Fourth-quarter scoring binge pushes The Burlington School to victory

The Burlington School's Avion Pinner comes up with a loose ball during Saturday's game against Memphis East in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — A feisty, fast-paced battle turned into an unexpected blowout at the end with Kheni Briggs becoming the reason why. The Burlington School led Memphis East by six points heading to the fourth quarter of Saturday morning’s matchup in the fourth Quincy Shootout, but Briggs ignited the Spartans’ 26-point fourth-quarter surge by scoring 11…

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Quincy Shootout: Blue Devils discover needed energy in fourth quarter, stay undefeated in WB6 by beating Panthers

Quincy High School's Terron Cartmill, left, pressures United Township's Mahki Johnson during Friday night's Western Big 6 Conference game at Blue Devil Gym. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Bradley Longcor III nodded at the suggestion it had been a week filled with low-energy practices for the Quincy High School boys basketball team. “It wasn’t the best,” the freshman guard admitted. Junior guard Reid O’Brien was a little more blunt. “We didn’t have any good practices all week long,” O’Brien said. So…

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Quincy Shootout: QND rallies, then falls in overtime to Confluence Prep

Quincy Notre Dame's Alex Connoyer, left, drives against a Confluence Prep defender during Friday night's Quincy Shootout game at the Pit. David Adam photo

QUINCY — It hurt like any loss. It hurt even more because it was an overtime loss. Yet a grin kept crawling across the face of Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball coach Kevin Meyer afterward. The Raiders fought back from a 10-point deficit to lead at halftime, then was a half-second away from winning in…

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Quincy Shootout: St. Rita relies on Brown in fourth quarter in erasing 12-point deficit

Huntington Prep's Dok Muordar, left, gets boxed out by St. Rita's James Brown as the Mustangs' Melvin Bell looks on Friday night at Blue Devil Gym. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — When the Chicago St. Rita boys basketball team needed someone to spark a rally, the state’s top-ranked sophomore prospect obliged. James Brown, a 6-foot-8 forward, scored 11 of the Mustangs’ 25 fourth-quarter points as they erased a 12-point deficit and narrowly escaped Blue Devil Gym with a 76-75 victory over Huntington (W. Va.)…

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Quincy Shootout: SLUH’s Kramer finds range, rhythm in second half

SLUH guard Nick Kramer, right, drives to the basketball against Math, Civics and Sciences' Jaheim Bethea during Friday night's game at the Pit. David Adam photo

QUINCY — St. Louis University High and Math, Civics and Sciences Charter out of Philadelphia played to nearly a draw in the first half, with the Jr. Billikens taking a 28-25 lead at halftime of their matchup in the Quincy Shootout at the Pit on Friday night. Then Nick Kramer took over. The senior guard…

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Quincy Shootout: Reed helps power Link Academy to second-half surge and victory

The Burlington School's Amare Miller boxes out Link Academy's Tarris Reed Jr. during Friday night's game at Blue Devil Gym. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — One of the nation’s most talented and most talked about prep school lineups found itself facing a halftime deficit Friday night. That’s when Link Academy showed why it is receiving so much attention. Tarris Reed Jr., playing in the Quincy Shootout for the second time in his career, powered his way to eight…

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Quincy Shootout: Memphis East goes on 23-point spurt to dispatch Father Tolton

Columbia (Mo.) Father Tolton's Evens Appolon, right, tries to avoid the Memphis East trap during Friday night's game at the Pit. David Adam photo

QUINCY — Memphis East scored 23 consecutive points late in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter to blow open a close game and defeat Father Tolton Catholic from Columbia, Mo., 71-53 on Friday night in the first game of the Quincy Shootout at the Pit. Neither team led by more than four…

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Inside the Shootout: Nationally ranked teams, Power 5 conference recruits highlight Quincy Shootout field

Chicago St. Rita sophomore forward Morez Johnson, right, has committed to the University of Illinois and coach Brad Underwood. Submitted photo

The fourth Quincy Shootout takes place this weekend with games being played Friday night at Quincy High School’s Blue Devil Gym and Quincy Notre Dame’s The Pit. Saturday, all eight games will be played at Blue Devil Gym. Here is a look at the teams and top players who will be worth the price of…

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Schuck on a Truck Zoom Edition: SLUH guard Nick Kramer

St. Louis University High senior guard Nick Kramer, the son of Quincy Blue Devil Sports Hall of Fame inductee Jack Kramer, will be playing against Quincy High School on Saturday night in Blue Devil Gym as part of the Quincy Shootout. Photo courtesy St. Louis University High

The glimmer in Nick Kramer’s eye shined when he began talking about the situation he will be walking into this weeked. He’s entering his father’s old neighborhood. With that comes the understanding of history, tradition and legacy. Jack Kramer is part of all three when it comes to the Quincy High School boys basketball program,…

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