JERSEYVILLE — The hefty winning streak vanished for the Marquette Catholic boys’ basketball team Monday.
Quincy Notre Dame made sure of that during the second day of the sixth annual Mid Winter Classic at Havens Gym in Jerseyville.
The Raiders defeated the Explorers, 51-41, to hand them their first defeat since Dec. 26, when Marquette lost to Triad in the Columbia Holiday Tournament. Marquette, which had won seven in succession, fell to 13-4 and 1-1. QND improved to 13-4 overall and 1-1 in the Jersey tournament, which continues through Saturday.
“We had a good game plan, but we had too many turnovers, especially in the second quarter,” Explorers’ coach Steve Medford said. “And they kind of wore us down. The (full-court) pressure got to us.”
Marquette committed 18 turnovers, the same as QND, and six of them came in the second quarter when the Explorers scored just 3 points, all on free throws.
The Raiders, who trailed 12-4 at the end of the first quarter, used a 15-0 spree to shoot in front 19-13. They led 19-15 at half and things were tied 29-29 after three quarters.
Then reserve Justin Bottorff went to work for QND. The 6-foot-7 junior scored all of his team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter when the Raiders made all 8 of their shots and tallied 22 points.
Bottorff went particularly wild early in the quarter. He scored eight consecutive points to stretch the Raiders’ 31-30 lead to 9 points. The Explorers never recovered from that explosion. And thanks to Bottorff, the Raiders’ reserves outscored the Explorers, 21-0.
“Justin came off the bench and was big for us,” first-year QND coach Kevin Meyer said. “He’s like our secret weapon — instant offense.”
Senior guard Shandon Boone is the Explorers’ main weapon and he caused the Raiders’ problems. The 5-8 lefty poured in a game-best 20 points, including 9 in both the first and third quarters. Overall, Boone connected on a trio of treys and scored nearly half of the Explorers’ points.
“He’s a very good player,” Meyer said. “He’s crafty, shifty and surgical.”
Ben Sebacher’s 7 points were next best for the Explorers, who made 9 of 27 shots, 4 of them treys. They converted 19 of 24 free throws. The Raiders made 20 of 40 shots, including 13 of 21 the second half. QND had eight players score.
“We did some nice things and we have some things that we need to fix,” Medford said. “But even though we were outmanned, I thought we battled hard. Our effort was good and we really have a good group of kids.”
He added, “They (Raiders) were physical and we haven’t seen that kind of a physical team this season. That made the end of the game tough for us. It was hard to catch up against them because down the stretch, we panicked a little.
“Hopefully, we will learn from this game.”
Meyer praised the patient Explorers for making the Raiders work for their victory.
“It was tough for us. We aren’t used to that kind of (deliberate) style,” he said. “They made it difficult for us, but we started getting into some passing lanes in the fourth quarter.”
He noted, “Marquette is well-coached and well-disciplined. They played to their strengths. We got out of here with a win and did what we needed to do.”
The Explorers resume tournament play Wednesday when they tangle with defending champion Collinsville at 6 p.m. It’s host Jersey welcoming Cahokia at 7:30 p.m. No games are scheduled Tuesday.
QND doesn’t play Pittsfield in this tournament because the Raiders defeated the Saukees, 70-62, in a regular-season game earlier this month. So that win also counts as a Jersey tourney victory for QND and a loss for Pittsfield. Thus, the Raiders will be 2-1 going into Friday’s action. Marquette faces Cahokia at 5 p.m. Friday. The Comanches are 2-0 thus far in the tourney.
MID WINTER CLASSIC
QUINCY NOTRE DAME 51, MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 41
Quincy ND 6 13 10 22 — 51
Marquette 12 3 14 12 — 41
QND (13-4) — Carter Cramsey 6, Johnny Ray 8, Ben Welper 6, Jacob Mayfield 7, Tanner Stuckman 3, Aubrey Reis 4, Justin Bottorff 13, Reed Hyer 4. 2FG-19 3FG-1 FT-20 PF-20
Marquette (13-4) — Shandon Boone 20, Trey Aguirre 5, Nick Messinger 4, Ben Sebacher 7, Reagan Snider 5. 2FG-5 3FG-4 FT-19 PF-12