Tonight: United Township hosts Quincy in a 7:30 Western Big 6 Conference contest at the Panther Den. Sophomores start at 6.|
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Saturday: The Panthers are idle; Quincy hosts Batavia at 7:30.
Quincy: G: Martin Kvitle, 6-3, Sr. (21.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg), Mason Fairley, 6-0, Sr. (8.0, 1.7) & Cole Abbey, 5-11, Sr. (11.3, 4.7); F: Jason Salrin, 6-7, Sr. (1.0, 8.0) & Connor Mellon, 6-3, Jr. (8.3, 4.3).
United Township: G: Trevor May, 5-8, Jr. (3.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg), Ryan Merideth, 6-2, So. (4.6, 2.6) & Lamont Mitchell, 6-3, So. (9.0, 6.2); F: Deveric Rodgers, 6-1, Jr. (13.2, 4.4) & Dalton Oakes, 6-3, Jr. (0.4, 1.4)
Why watch: The Panthers look to snap a two-game losing streak in their Western Big 6 Conference and home opener. United Township has lost all four of its games by double figures. ... Quincy suffered a 76-70 loss to Carbondale in the Quincy Thanksgiving Tournament, but rebounded with wins over Urbana (75-53) and Algonquin Jacobs (51-35). The Blue Devils enter with a five-game Big 6 winning streak. "We're going to have to play great, inspired basketball to be in it," UT coach Marc Polite said. "Quincy has so many weapons that you have to worry about. Our main focus is limiting them as much as possible and see what happens." ... As a team, the Panthers are shooting 37.7 percent (90 of 235) from the field. ... Connor Mellon -- the Blue Devils' third-leading scorer -- transferred from Quincy Notre Dame in the summer.
Quincy coach Sean Taylor: "UT has a very talented group who are going to get better every game. They have great length and athleticism, which will cause problems for opponents."
United Township coach Marc Polite: "We want to think they're going to be ready, but you don't know until you get out there. These guys have put a lot of time in preparing for these opportunities. This is a group that cares. I'm expecting them to play hard and compete.''
-- By Daniel Makarewicz, firstname.lastname@example.org