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Minutemen outmuscle Redskins

Posted on March 3, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on March 3, 2012 at 12:20 a.m.

ELKHART — This time around, Goliath beat David.

The physically imposing Concord Minutemen (18-4) pushed past the smaller, slighter Goshen squad to win 57-32 in the semifinals of the Class 4A Elkhart Sectional Friday evening at North Side Gym.

The majority of the game was closer than the final score may indicate. Although the Redskins struggled to hit their shots throughout the game, Concord tripped itself up with foul trouble and turnovers early in the first half.

By halftime, Concord had a 23-16 lead, despite being outscored in the second quarter.

Goshen’s Sam Stegelmann opened the third quarter by nailing back-to-back 3-pointers to bring the game within four points.

Suddenly, Concord coach Steve Austin’s biggest concern of the night was on the verge of coming to life: Goshen (11-10), a team that sank a dozen 3-pointers against his Minutemen back in January, was apparently heating up.

“We were worried about them shooting their 3s,” Austin said. “That was our major concern, that we had to get a hand in their face all the time on the threes. If they were going to score, we wanted them to score twos so then we’re trading and we don’t have to fight uphill to catch them.”

Concord began lunging after Goshen shooters, forcing the smaller Redskins to over-arch their shots.

On the other side of the ball, something had awakened inside of Concord’s big guys — 6-foot-7 Jason Spriggs and 6-6 Franko House — who had been relatively quiet in the first half.

The pair began to exploit their significant size difference and grabbed lobs from their guards and laid the ball in with ease. House and Spriggs combined for 20 second-half points.

While Concord enjoyed a consistent rotation of seven players, Goshen’s first-half energy began to wane.

“We worked so hard to defend their size,” Goshen coach Brian Bechtel said. “I thought we were doing it well for two-and-a-half quarters, and I think we were just a little worn out by the end of the third quarter.

“(Concord) got out and had their hands up high and challenged our shots real well. When we drive around, it’s awful hard for our 5-10 guys to pass around 6-5, 6-7, 6-8 guys.”

A 17-point third quarter gave Concord the 40-25 lead heading into the final period.

Goshen continued to miss its shots, while Concord continued to dominate in the post.

Goshen finished 10 of 41 from the field and 4 of 22 from behind the arc.

“It’s tough to end your season when the shots aren’t falling.” Bechtel said. “When you can’t hit shots, it’s hard to build momentum.”

House finished with 16 points, while Spriggs pitched in 11. Stegelmann led the Redskins with 11 points.

“We’ve been trying to put a complete game together, and I thought tonight was a huge step for us in playing the third and fourth quarter and finishing the game,” Austin said. “We hadn’t done that.”

Concord faces Memorial (21-1) tonight in the title game.

Concord beat Central 54-38 Tuesday in the opening round of the sectional.

4A Elkhart Sectional Semifinals

Concord 57, Goshen 32

Goshen — Austin Henke 2-8 1-1 6, Sam Stegelmann 3-11 3-4 11, Jesse Good 3-10 2-2 9, Louis Kissinger 0-4 2-2 2, Josh Gill 0-0 0-2 0, Warren Kay 1-6 0-0 2, Isacc Huerta 1-1 0-2 2, Cristian Barron 0-0 0-0 0, Aaron Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Hunter Warrick 0-0 0-2 0, Alex Hartsough 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 10-41 (.244) 8-15 (.533) 32.

Concord — Adam Glanders 3-8 0-0 7, DuWhan Alford 1-4 0-0 2, Franko House 7-10 3-3 18, Seth Huxford 3-6 0-0 7, Jason Spriggs 3-5 5-7 11, Osirus Munn 1-1 0-0 2, Ghaneah Wayker 4-6 0-2 8, Ramon Johnson 1-1 0-0 2, Dakota Simon 0-0 0-2 0, Jacob Kronk 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-41 (.561) 8-14 (.571) 57.

Scoring By Quarters

Goshen 7 9 9 7 — 32

Concord 15 8 17 17 — 57

3-point goals: Goshen (4-22) — Stegelmann 2, Henke 1, Good 1; Concord (3-8) — Glanders 1, House 1, Huxford 1.

Rebounds: Goshen (18) — Gill 3, Kay 3, Kissinger 3; Concord (31) — Alford 9, House 7.

Assists: Goshen (6) — Henke 2, Kay 2; Concord (17) — Alford 5, House 4, Glanders 4, Huxford 3.

Steals: Goshen (3) — Good 2; Concord (5) — Glanders 2.

Turnovers: Goshen 8, Concord 12.

Fouls: Goshen 13, Concord 12. Fouled out — Stegelmann (3:27, 4th quarter).

Officials: Dave Spencer, James Payne, Trent Beer.

Records: Concord 18-4, Goshen 11-10.

Next: Concord vs. Memorial in Class 4A Elkhart Sectional championship today at North Side Gym, 7:30 p.m.


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