Boys Basketball: Brother Rice motors past Nazareth
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media January 14, 2014 9:36PM
Nazareth’s Christian Davis crowds Brother Rice’s Quinn Niego during Tuesday night's game. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 16, 2014 6:32AM
Brother Rice’s Quinn Niego didn’t set any team records Tuesday night.
He did have a career-high 31 points, received an offer from St. Xavier minutes after the game and helped his team go over the .500 mark with a 69-58 victory over Nazareth in Mount Greenwood.
Not a bad trifecta.
In his previous game, Jan. 8, the 6-foot-3 guard-forward set a school record for most points in a quarter when he scored 19 in the opening period of a 66-46 victory over Bishop McNamara in a Catholic League battle. Jimmy Sexton and Mike Kennedy owned the previous record of 18 points in a quarter. Niego cooled off after that with four points in the next three periods to finish with 23.
“I told him after the Bishop McNamara game don’t be afraid to get 30 — be more aggressive,” said coach Rick Harrigan, whose Crusaders improved to 8-7. “He’s starting to believe in himself a little bit more. He’s a hard worker, and that’s translating into the game.”
“I’ve had some good games before but I can’t remember having a stretch like this,” Niego said. “Everyone on the team is passing me the ball and I’m getting my looks. It’s been great.’’
Niego’s back-to-back three-pointers early in the second half gave his squad a 36-21 lead.
Ray Rubio had 14 points, including nine in the final 4:23. Dan Scanlon added 10 as the Crusaders were 27-of-31 from the free-throw line in winning their third straight.
Nazareth (8-6) was coming off Saturday’s 82-55 win over Hubbard but the offense wasn’t clicking as well Tuesday. The Roadrunners scored just six second-quarter points and trailed 30-21 at halftime.
Kevin Connelly led the Roadrunners with 22 points but didn’t score in the final five minutes of the game. Michael Brooks added 17, including eight in the fourth quarter. Evan McLaughlin added 11.
Brother Rice is 12-3 all-time against the Roadrunners and 5-0 against them at home.