Stoltz drains game-winner to carry Hinsdale South past Quincy
Updated: January 29, 2013 5:27PM
DARIEN — Before Jerry Stoltz hit a game-winning teardrop with 7.9 seconds remaining in Hinsdale South’s 59-57 victory over Quincy, he was presented with a choice.
Hornets coach Tanner Mitchell had a pair of plays in mind to run Saturday night after the Blue Devils tied the home team 57-57 in the final minute, and asked Stoltz for his vote. Stoltz chose “Four,” a high screen-and-roll.
After the timeout, the senior point guard successfully split Quincy’s double team, got into the lane and drained the eight-foot game-winner.
“(I) had to make a play,” said Stoltz, a senior point guard. “The lane was just open so I took it.”
Stoltz scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to help Hinsdale South (5-12) stave off a late charge by Quincy. The Blue Devils (13-3) trailed by 10 points with 5:40 remaining, but rallied partly because of six Hornets turnovers in the fourth quarter. Hinsdale South committed just three turnovers in the game’s first three quarters.
Despite Stoltz’s clutch shot with 7.9 seconds remaining and Hinsdale South getting a defensive stop on the ensuing possession, the Blue Devils still had some life. Quincy senior Cole Abbey stole the Hornets’ inbound pass at midcourt and, as time expired, launched a 3-point attempt. The effort narrowly missed, banking off the backboard and bouncing off the front of the rim.
The Hornets have lost five games by six points or fewer this season, but Stoltz feels that the Hornets’ experience in those narrow losses is finally starting to pay off.
“I think it helps us because in the beginning of the season we did lose a lot, but it’s not like we were getting blown out,” the senior said. “It’s helped us calm down toward the end. And now the close games are going our way.”
Quincy 57, Hinsdale South 59
Connor Mellon 1, Martin Kvitle 17, Cole Abbey 12, Mason Fairley 5, Jason Salrin 9, Barnell Thomas 4, Zach Burry 9, Lincoln Elbe 0.
Hinsdale South (5-12)
Marcel Phillips 2, Jerry Stoltz 16, Larry Motuzis 18, Tyler Zampa 1, Barret Benson 8, Pierre Andresen 0, D.J. Deolitsis 10, Evan Leake 2, Antanas Riskus 2, Stefan Kaplarevic 0.
Quincy 14-7-17-19 — 57
Hinsdale South 9-15-18-17 — 59
3-point goals — Quincy 9 (Martin Kvitle 5, Mason Fairley 1, Zach Burry 3); Hinsdale South 6 (D.J. Deolitsis 1, Jerry Stoltz 1, Larry Motuzis 4). Fouled out — none. Team fouls — Quincy 10, Hinsdale South 12.