The Quincy High basketball team has run 21-5 overall and has had the best record in the Mountain Valley League, 9-1, with a close second from the Portola Tigers, 8-2.
The two teams finished neck and neck which the Tigers made very clear when they broke the Trojans 9-game winning streak and put the only loss on the Trojans’ league record.
The Tigers accomplished that when they won the most recent battle between the two teams Feb. 12 in Quincy by a score of 78-57.
Tigers 78, Trojans 57
Portola shooter Keegan Folchi was on the mark as he hit 21 points for the Tigers facing the Trojans. Owen Bowling scored 16 points, Dylan Gonsalvez landed 11 and James Sampson scored 10.
A pair of 3-pointers came from Folchi and one crowd-pleaser each from Gonsalvez, Cody Callahan, Sampson and Zack Mulhall.
Folchi landed five of his six shots from the charity line; Gonsalvez hit four of six.
Owen Bowling had glue on his fingers and wings on his feet, the junior picked up 15 defensive rebounds and five offensive pickups.
Working cleanup made all the difference for the Tiger team. Folchi and Xavier Avila both gathered up six rebounds each, Callahan and JT Massey both picked up five each. Gonsalvez and Sampson picked up four each, Shane Curren and Mario Ruiz both gathered three each. In total, the Tigers picked up 58 rebounds.
Ruiz racked up the most personal fouls, four, and Gonsalvez was credited with three, Folchi with two; but all Tigers managed to stay on the court.
Trojans 87, Panthers 62
The Panthers came to Quincy for a rematch after they had been beaten by QHS in Maxwell on Feb. 5 by a score of 72-42.
The Maxwell boys came back tougher, but not tough enough to beat the Trojans.
Cameron Dingel led the Quincy team to victory, scoring 36 points against Maxwell at QHS on Feb. 10.
Kai Hostetter hit a dynamic 22 points and Brady Peay scored 18! Iynell Thomas racked up 6 points, Nick Caiazzo landed 3 and Nathan Friden put up 2 on the board.
Trojans 73, Spartans 72
Whew! That was a close one! The Trojans traveled to Esparto to meet the Spartans on their home court Feb. 7.
There was some kind of special chemistry on the court, the Spartans are 0-10 in the league and 3-18 overall, but they were all in to give the Trojans a surprise run for the win that night.
Dingel came through like a champ though with 29 QHS points. Peay socked away 13 for the Trojans and Iynell Thomas put up 11. Friden and Jonathon Swan scored 5 points each, Hostetter 4 and Quinn Holzer 3 points.