Quinlan scores 1,000th point in 54-39 victory
BROOKFIELD – Jimmy Quinlan looks at his little brother Jeremy and messes up his hair as he’s standing next to him.
“By a minute. He’s my little bro,” Jimmy said.
The 18-year-old Brookfield High School seniors know full well where each other are on the floor.
“He gets me the ball when I’m open. I try to make it so he gets the assist,” Jeremy said.
“We know where the find each other on the court,” Jimmy said.
They are fraternal twins.
“Don’t we look alike?” Jimmy said as he leans in toward his brother.
What Jeremy was looking at Friday was two points away from a milestone of 1,000 points in early parts of the 54-39 victory over Youngstown Christian.
Jeremy missed his first four shots, three 2-pointers and one 3, from the floor. Fellow seniors Ryan Mosora and Colin Harkulich and the Quinlans have been the cornerstones of the Brookfield basketball program.
“He’s been playing with these guys for four straight years and they’re very good,” Youngstown Christian coach Dolph Carroll said of Brookfield, which improves to 13-3. “They know each other and understand what they’re going to do.”
Mosora then saw Jeremy at the top of the key with a crease appearing in the Youngstown Christian interior. Jeremy drove the lane and Eagles defender Darien Townsend couldn’t get over soon enough as he was whistled for the foul with 5:05 left in the first quarter. Jeremy made the shot and ensuing free throw as Brookfield took a 5-2 lead.
Play was stopped for a few minutes to honor Jeremy with a 1,000-point ball and plaque especially designed for him. He and his family were at center court to celebrate the milestone. Quinlan is the second-leader scorer in school history. Paul Guin, a 1967 graduate who played from ’64-67, scored 1,112 points.
“He’s a great kid, scorer and basketball player,” said Carroll of Jeremy, who had a game-high 24 points and is up to 1,022 in his career. “He’s very smart with what he does. We don’t try to isolate. We’re more predicated on help and rotating. We don’t have one guy that is going to stay on him all night.
“He gets a lot of different looks and he does a nice job.”
Youngstown Christian (7-8) didn’t fair so well in the first half as Brookfield got out to a 29-13 lead.
“When you have 15 unforced turnovers, that kind of puts you in a hole,” Carroll said. “They’re a very good team. There’s no question. It’s fun to play them. You can’t have 15 unforced turnovers and miss eight or nine layups the first half.”
Youngstown Christian’s Nick Gonda, who had a team-high 14 points, cut the lead Brookfield lead to 39-28 with a bucket – capping an 8-0 run to end the third quarter.
However, it was the night of the Quinlans, who are both carrying 4.0 GPAs. Brookfield coach is happy to coach both of them.
“Two of the classiest young men that I’ve ever been around in my entire life,” said Kovach, whose team hosts Champion on Tuesday.
And, they’re two brothers, being brothers.
Early in the game Jeremy tried to get through a pick set by a Youngstown Christian player. There was a little physical contact between the two and Jeremy pushed off, but wasn’t called for a foul.
He was asked if he liked the play back to the fall when he was playing quarterback for the Warriors.
“A little bit,” Jeremy said.
“He’s a quarterback. He doesn’t like to get hit,” said Jimmy, who was the football team’s leading tackler.