QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Sean Taylor's master plan didn't include Quincy High winning its first half dozen Western Big-6 games and then dropping four straight to end the conference slate.
And, the Blue Devils head coach certainly didn't expect to lose starters along the way.
But the regular season was then and the postseason is now.
The team is quick to dismiss their struggles over the last few weeks while putting the complete focus on a new beginning.
Quincy gets a fresh start against Alton in Wednesday's Class 4A regional semifinals at Granite City. It couldn't come soon enough for senior guard Martin Kvitle.
"It's important that we all play well and that we play together. It's going to take five (players) and I think we understand everybody's record is 0-0 right now," Kvitle said.
"You see it all the time in the NCAA Tournament, the playoffs, and in regionals, anybody can beat anybody. It's whoever is better on that day."
Taylor says his team is eager to right the ship.
"I hope that we're prepared and that we play really loose. I think that's what you do in the postseason, if you think you're prepared and think you're ready then you play loose," Taylor explained.
"I think every team has a little pressure on them."
The opponent Wednesday is no pushover.
Alton enters regionals with a losing record but the Redbirds played state ranked and top seeded Edwardsville to a 10-point game their last time out.
Their quickness in the back court poses a challenge but the Blue Devils just played a similar style in last Friday's regular season finale at Rock Island.
"Alton is just the same as (Rock Island) so we know what to expect," junior center Luka Radovic indicated.
"They're all pretty quick and pretty fast and we're ready for them I think."
Taylor says cutting down on turnovers and limiting mistakes is crucial.
"We're going to have to do a good job of taking care of the ball, guarding them, and keeping them in front of us, and that's easier said than done," Taylor said.
"It's easy for a coach to say keep them in front of you, but when you're going against quick-on-quick it's hard. Hopefully our guys are ready to do that."
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