Tonight: Alleman hosts Moline at Augustana College's Carver Center in Western Big 6 Conference play at 7:30, following the sophomore game at 6.|
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Moline: G: Drew Owens, 6-0 Sr (14.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg) & Jed Wood, 6-0 Sr. (11.5, 2.8); F Derrick Stabler, 6-4 Sr. (4.7, 3.0) & Josh Larson, 6-7 Sr. (5.8, 3.8); C Brandon Vice, 6- Jr. (8.2, 6.2).
Alleman: G: Adam Hoogerwerf, 5-11 Sr. (7.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg) & Dan Cutkomp, 5-10 Sr. (11.0, 3.8); F Sam Pirmann, 6-2 Sr. (7.6, 4.0) & John Tracey, 6-2 Sr. (4.5, 4.5); C Joey Mihm, 6-5 Jr. (5.6, 3.4).
Why watch: Both teams will be looking for their first Big 6 win of the season, both losing by double-digits a week ago, Alleman to Rocky and Moline to Galesburg. … Alleman is 1-1 with its football players back from the state playoff run. The win came Tuesday, 58-44, over Sterling, a game in which the Pioneers turned a lackluster first half into a dominant second half. "I get tired – well, no, tired isn't really the right word – but with people saying they need to get their basketball legs," said Moline coach Jeff Schimmel. "They are just athletes who are physical and hustle. Coach (Pat) Rangel does a good job of preparing them. You know if they are still playing football in the finals that they've got to be physical." … With neither team putting up a lot of 3-point shots (Alleman 6, Moline 11 last Friday), the game could be decided in the paint. Moline's trio of Larson-Vice-Stabler faces off with Alleman's Mihm and 6-7 reserve Alec Diab inside. "We need our size to play their size," Schimmel said. "We thought we matched up well with Galesburg, but we couldn't match their physicality. We match up well with Alleman, but we need to match up with their physicality and desire to compete."… Moline's Stabler missed school Wednesday because of illness. If he's not good to go, senior Devin Struble (4.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg) would step in. … Rangel says Alleman has some lineup options as well. "(Aaron) Murray and Diab are coming off the bench and playing strong inside. The lineup could depend on how the game is going. Another who could be in the starting lineup is Kevin O'Keeffe (12.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg) – he had a nice game against Sterling, especially with defensive deflections. We'd like him in the starting lineup, but we like what he's doing off the bench as well." … Neither team plays Saturday.
Moline's Schimmel: "It all comes down to rebounding and turnovers. It comes down to who gets the extra shot and who takes care of the basketball."
Alleman's Rangel: "Both teams are long and quick. It should be a similar game. Both play intense defense and run up and down the court with ball pressure."
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