Hall of Fame Inductee - 1982 Boys Basketball Team

How does a team top a 33-0 mark, a state title and a national title the following year? They go undefeated in the regular season (25-0), set a State Record for consecutive wins (64) and make it to the State's final four for the third time in four years. That group was the 1982 Quincy High Blue Devils. Lead by Parade All-American Bruce Douglas, the 82' Devils were in a class by themselves-literally!!! After a 65-63 scare at Chicago Weber in the second game of the season, Quincy captured the QHS Thanksgiving Tournament, outscoring their opponents by 89 points in three games. The Devils won the next five games before heading to the Pontiac Tournament as the defending champions. There they captured their fourth straight Pontiac title, winning by an average of 31 points per game. Only Danville gave the Devils much of a contest in the remaining 11 games of the regular season---losing to Quincy by a 58-55 final. Quincy tied the state record of 58 for consecutive wins with a fourteen-point win over East St. Louis on the final regular season game of the year. Quincy opened post season in the Jacksonville Regional against Chatham Glenwood and set a new state record---barely winning by a 36-32 final. The Devils won the Jacksonville Regional, Springfield Sectional and Normal Super sectional with ease on their way back to Champaign. At Assembly Hall Quincy rolled to a 20-point win over Lisle Benet Academy in the Quarterfinals. But the win streak ended there. Upstart Chicago Mendel Catholic, who had defeated Peoria Manual the night before, ended Quincy's win streak, and hopes of a second consecutive State Title, by defeating the Devils 53-52-despite some last second heroics by Bruce and Dennis Douglas. The Devils, exhausted from the afternoon session, captured third place with a 62-61 win over Chicago Marshall. And again it was Bruce and Dennis in the spotlight. With no time on the clock, and Quincy down by 1, Dennis Douglas threw an in-bounds pass over the head of Bruce Douglas. Bruce dove over the base line and, while horizontal to the floor, tipped the ball back into the hands of Tim Huseman, who, in turn, hit the game winning lay-up. Here are the members of the 1982 Quincy High Blue Devil Basketball team:

Bruce Douglas
Dennis Douglas
Mark Kaufman
Tim Huseman
Mark Sparrow
Tracy Lewis
Jeff Klingler
Shane Barnes
Doug Bruner
John Sherman
Kelly Jansen
Scott Douglas
Mark Foley
Gary Altgilbers
Andy Doellman
Jim Darnell
Mark Anthony

Head Coach Jerry Leggett
Assistant Coach Mike Hellenthal
Assistant Coach Tom Berry

Jim Powell
Greg Brush
Mitch Grayson

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