GODFREY — What Granite City boys’ basketball coach Steve Roustio expected from the Warriors never emerged Tuesday.
“We didn’t do anything,” Roustio said after the Warriors bowed to Quincy, 64-35, in a semifinal game of the Class 4A Alton Regional.
He added, “We didn’t play very well and we showed no urgency. Fundamentally, we weren’t very good.”
And Quincy was plenty good in closing Granite City’s season at 14-15. The second-seeded Blue Devils improved to 21-5, won their 7th consecutive game and logged their 10th victory in their last 11 games.
Quincy advanced to the 7 p.m. regional championship game Friday against the winner of the Alton-Chatham Glenwood game. The 13-10 Redbirds, seeded third, welcome the 18-10 Titans at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
“I thought we executed our defense really well tonight,” Quincy coach Andy Douglas said Tuesday. “We’ve had quite a few games like that this season on the defensive end.”
While the Blue Devils scored regularly, the Warriors had trouble making a basket. They made just 12 of 38 shots, or 32 percent, and reached double-digit scoring in only one quarter — 11 in the second. Senior Kenny Berry led them with 9 points, though well below his average of 19.5 points per game.
“I guess they were mentally tired,” Roustio said of the Warriors, extended into double overtime Monday before eliminating Collinsville at AHS. “Kenny’s shooting percentage hasn’t been what it was the last 5 games, but give Quincy some credit, they played good defense on him. They are a solid team.
“It seems like ever since we had that one-point overtime loss (79-78) to Belleville East, we have been in a funk.”
Granite City lost 5 of its last 7 games. Quincy is trending upward and coach Douglas figures the Blue Devils’ zone defense is pointing the way.
“It’s tough to go against a zone defense when everybody is playing together as one unit,” he said. “I thought we did that tonight as well as we have done in a while because with a player like Berry, it can be difficult to get stops.”
The loss marked the final game for Berry, a 6-2 guard/forward and 1,000-point scorer. He tallied more than 1,300 points during his prep career.
Berry made 3 of 9 shots against Quincy and scored 7 of his 9 points during the first half. Teammate Ronn Allen scored 7 points and reserve Jaylin Harper had 6 points.
The Blue Devils had no fewer than 10 players score, with Garrett Gadeke (10 points) and Belleville-Lindenwood recruit Jake Jobe (9 points) complementing Bland’s team-leading effort. Quincy made 22 of 47 shots.
“We dictated the tempo from the start of the game and that was important,” Douglas said. “We knew that Granite City had to play a double overtime game Monday, but I told our guys from the beginning that we don’t believe in fatigue. Yet at some point, fatigue plays into it.”
Roustio said the Warriors were far from sharp, and they couldn’t find their groove.
“People were going to the wrong areas to run a play,” he said. “We were in the wrong spots a lot of times.”
Were the Warriors wobbling on fumes?
“I’m going to say this: I’ve seen mental fatigue from our guys after the loss to Belleville East,” Roustio said. “We’ve been reeling for a while and we just survived Monday’s game.”
Berry, Tra’ron and Ronn Allen and Raekwon Jackson graduate, but Roustio has six juniors returning for next season.
Quincy, meanwhile, will be aiming to extend its state record of 59 regional championships come Friday. The Blue Devils have enjoyed 20-win seasons a total of 51 times.
However, Douglas is playing it one game at a time the rest of the season.
“There's nothing easy when you look at the teams in this regional,” he said. “You can't take anything for granted.”
CLASS 4A ALTON REGIONAL
QUINCY 64, GRANITE CITY 35
Granite City 8 11 7 9 — 35
Quincy 17 13 11 23 — 64
Granite City (14-15) — Kenny Berry 9, Tra'ron Allen 5, Jake Roustio 3, Ronn Allen 7, Malique Mason 2, Joe Bonvicino 3, Jaylin Harper 6. 2FG-8 3FG-4 FT-7 PF-18.
Quincy (21-5) — Jake Jobe 9, Parker Bland 15, Garrett Gadeke 10, Mike Dade 3, Cameron Gay 8, Cameron Waggoner 5, Aaron Shoot 5, Logan Brunenn 3, Jacob Ary 2, Carson Gay 4. 2FG-15 3FG-7 FT-13 PF-11.