Maroons draw up victory in Schimmel's debut


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Posted Online: Nov. 21, 2012, 9:31 pm
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By Marc Nesseler, nesseler@qconline.com
GALESBURG — Opening a new coaching era in the Galesburg Thanksgiving Tournament, the Moline Maroons went equipped with a very reliable GPS — their Game Plan Schimmel.

In his varsity head-coaching debut, Jeff Schimmel got a timeout with .9 of a second left in the fourth quarter and his players executed his play call to perfection. With Drew Owens taking an inbound pass from Derrick Stabler and hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer, Moline emerged with a 57-56 victory over Englewood on Wednesday night.

"He's never going to forget this one," Owens said of his coach.

Schimmel's opener that ended in the memorable thrill started with memorable oddity. Englewood, out of Chicago, arrived at Thiel Gym well after the scheduled start of 6 p.m. Coach Lorenzo Donegan said the bus' GPS gave the Eagles the shortest route rather than the quickest "and we wound up taking all of the back roads," he said as the teams warmed up for the half-hour-late tipoff.

As for the Maroons' destination, Schimmel says, there really isn't one for their drive through the regular-season.

"We just need to get better every game," he said. "We know we have to recover fast; the word is out now, with us losing a 16-point lead. People are going to wonder what this group is about. There are going to be a lot of eyes and a lot of concerns."

Yet, as Owens points out, "We got the W. We need to play our style of basketball, run our sets and build from there."

Moline led 42-26 midway through the third quarter and by 11 (46-35) a minute into the fourth. That, though, is when the Eagles forced the Maroons to play their style of game, creating nine Moline turnovers in the quarter. Englewood scored 13 straight and outscored the Maroons 20-4 to take a 55-50 lead with :55 left.

Owens scored all seven of Moline's points down the stretch, getting 12 of his game-high 22 in the fourth quarter.

"I was just hoping we had enough time to get a final shot," Owens said of the timeout that came with less than a second left.

And how much time is that?

"Nine-tenths of a second," Owens smiled.

"Jed (Wood) and (Brandon) Vice set up a good clothesline screen and Josh (Larson) had a hard cut to the basket that really got me open. And Derrick delivered the perfect pass, right to my chest."

"That," said Schimmel, "is exactly how we drew it up."

















 



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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