GALESBURG — The Galesburg High School boys basketball team and Quincy squared off on Friday night in a Western Big 6 Conference affair at John Thiel Gym.
The Silver Streaks had their chances but in the end the Blue Devils ended up with a 55-53 victory.
Galesburg opened things up with a 5-0 run and Quincy responded with its own 5-0 run in the contest, which saw the lead exchanged a dozen times.
When the first eight minutes were over, the Streaks (15-4, 4-3) were ahead 17-15 against the Blue Devils (16-3, 7-0).
Galesburg senior point guard Jeremiah Babers banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the second quarter, and the Streaks clung to a 32-31 advantage.
A 3-pointer at the buzzer from Galesburg senior Koen Derry is how the third stanza closed out, and the game was knotted up at 45-all heading into the fourth quarter.
The Blue Devils outscored the Streaks 10-8 in the final eight minutes to grab the win, as Babers missed a step-back 3-pointer from the top of the arc as time expired.
Derry had a game-high 18 points, five rebounds and five blocks, and he was the only Galesburg player in double figures.
Senior guard Terron Cartmill finished with 13 points — nine came from beyond the perimeter — to lead Quincy. Freshman Keshaun Thomas chipped in a dozen points, and senior Jeremiah Talton — the WB6's leading scorer — ended up with 10 points.
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This article originally appeared on Galesburg Register-Mail: Basketball: Galesburg boys come up short versus Quincy