Hall of Fame Inductee - 1964-65 Boys Basketball Team

The 1965 version of Quincy's basketball team were known around the state as the "Cinderella Blue Devils". And for good reason. This group of undersized over achievers came back from the dead time and time again to advance to the Illinois State Finals and eventually capture second place in the state. Led by 5'7" senior pivot man, Gary Thompson, Quincy recorded 26 wins and set four new team records, including most points, most field goals and most made free throws in a single season. The Devils started their post season adventure by capturing the Christian Brothers Regional with wins over Liberty, Christian Brothers and Central High. At the Macomb Sectional, Quincy beat Galesburg by four and defeated Canton 41-38 to capture the title. The Devils won the Macomb Super Sectional by avenging an earlier season loss to Jacksonville, winning 56-52. At Huff Gymnasium, Quincy defeated Decatur 71-62 in the Quarter finals and came from behind to beat Harvey Thornton 64-59 in the Semi-Final round. In the title game, Quincy matched up with Vergil Fletcher and the Collinsville Kahoks, a team that had beaten them earlier in the year by just one point on this very floor. The Devils trailed throughout the contest but still made their now famous fourth quarter run, falling short and losing to the powerful Collinsville Kahoks, 55-52.

TEAM MEMBERS:
Dr. Harry Shair
John Buch
Gary Rottman
Marvin Sprague
Kurt Genteman
Tim Miles
Gary Thompson
Marion Conover
Jon Holzgrafe
Bob McMahan
Mike Hulsen
Jim Jenkins
Treston Perkins
Alan Bush
Bruce Bybee
Team Manager,
David Dasch

COACHING STAFF:
Head Coach Sherril Hanks
Assistant Coach Jack Hammond
Assistant Coach Dale Hendren
Assistant Coach Joe Yagel

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