RIVERTON, Ill. -- The Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team had a sense of deja vu on Saturday night.
Trailing 20-14 after the first quarter, the Raiders allowed Jacksonville Routt to start the second quarter on an 8-0 run. The Rockets outscored QND 14-5 in the second quarter to take a 34-19 lead into halftime, and all the Raiders could do was watch as Routt rolled to a 55-35 victory in the Riverton Shootout.
On Friday, the Raiders trailed Liberty by four points after the first quarter but allowed the Eagles an 8-0 run to start the second quarter before falling 54-32. QND coach Kevin Meyer said against the Rockets it wasn't a lack of defensive effort that allowed the run.
"We came down and finally got a couple of stops, but we couldn't score," Meyer said. "We would miss a three here or take a rough shot or turn it over, and the next thing you know they got on a roll. It just kind of steamrolled."
A similar problem plagued QND (8-17) to start the third quarter.
"We came out and did the same thing. We got three stops in a row defensively to start the third quarter, but we were 0 for 3," Meyer said.
The Raiders were again outscored 17-3 in the third quarter and trailed 51-22 heading to the fourth. Meyer went to his bench in the fourth quarter and the QND reserves actually outscored Routt's starters 13-4 to close the game.
"We made some subs, put a group out there that I thought played really, really hard and got after them," Meyer said.
Josh Sheffield led the Raiders with seven points while Grant Hyer and Jack Marth each chipped in six. Cory Ronan and Ethan Walker each scored 14 for Routt.
After back-to-back losses by 20-plus points, the Raiders head into the final week of their regular season needing to build some momentum before the start of the postseason.
"We have to find some confidence," Meyer said. "The guys are pretty down right now, and I'm happy for that. I don't get the sense that the kids are ready for basketball to be over or there's a disconnect with each other. That's a positive thing, we have to keep building on that."