Quimari’s tip

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - Sports - By Michael Osipoff Post-Tri­bune

West Side’s Quimari Peter­son poked the ball away for a steal, drove to the bas­ket and fin­ished through con­tact.

Af­ter show­ing a hint of emo­tion by flex­ing his right bi­ceps, he calmly stepped to the free-throw line to com­plete the 3-point play.

That se­quence less than a minute into the fourth quar­ter was one of Fri­day night’s mul­ti­ple high­lights from Peter­son, a 6-foot sopho­more guard.

He scored a ca­reer-high 25 points as West Side topped vis­it­ing Bow­man 58-40.

“I had to show them what I could do,” Peter­son said. “I had to get my team up.”

Peter­son pro­pelled the Cougars (8-3) to their first win against the Ea­gles (8-8) since 2008. Bow­man had won three straight games since the se­ries re­sumed in 2016.

Peter­son took the win in stride.

“We’re happy,” he said. “We worked hard as a group.

“We were locked in. The coaches gave us the de­tails, and we did what we had to do.”

West Side coach Chris Buggs also down­played the time elapsed be­tween wins against Bow­man.

“I knew it, but we didn’t talk about it,” he said. “These kids grew up to­gether; there’s a lit­tle ri­valry, but the fo­cus is on us and get­ting bet­ter ev­ery day. We try not to get caught up in that be­cause that can dis­tract you.”

Peter­son seemed fo­cused from the out­set, scor­ing seven points in the first quar­ter. He got fouled on a 3-pointer as time ex­pired and made all three free throws with the court cleared to give West Side a 17-8 lead.

Peter­son scored the Cougars’ first seven points of the third quar­ter to ex­tend their ad­van­tage to 32-20. And his 3-point play with 7:07 left pushed it to 43-23.

“He’s not driven by scor­ing — he’s driven by win­ning,” Buggs said of Peter­son. “We’ve been on him about scor­ing a lit­tle bit more, but our team is based on shar­ing.

“This game was an anom­aly. He has the abil­ity to do that, but it’s not some­thing he re­ally wants to do — he re­ally wants to be a 12 points, eight as­sists, seven re­bounds guy. He’s a true point guard.”

Within that ro l e, Peter­son also has been en­cour­aged by Buggs to be more ex­pres­sive.

“He tries to lead by ex­am­ple,” Buggs said of Peter­son. “He’s a quiet kid, very hum­ble, and I like that about him. We’re try­ing to make him a leader, but it’s not nat­u­ral for him.”

Se­nior guard Avion Holt led Bow­man with 12 points and ju­nior guard/for­ward Jaquez Williams added nine.

Sopho­more guard/for­ward Par­ion Rober­son scored 14 points for West Side.

“We played as a team, we played with ef­fort and spirit,” Buggs said. “We had some to­geth­er­ness and were con­nected.”

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— Edited from news ser­vices

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