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Filip fills it up as Minutemen move to 8-0 with road win

Serwatka tallies 19 as Concord downs host Goshen 54-30.
Posted on Jan. 5, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — The final score suggests it wasn’t much of a game, but for a while it was a game, and when it was a game, Filip Serwatka was particularly game.

Serwatka, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, celebrated his first varsity start by scoring 11 of his game-high 19 points in the pivotal second quarter as Concord stayed undefeated with a 54-30 Northern Lakes Conference boys basketball road victory Friday night over Goshen.

The Minutemen (8-0, 2-0) trailed 10-7 after one quarter, but outscored the hosts 47-20 the rest of the way — including 13-7 in the second period when their star player, Franko House, spent the entire quarter on the bench with two fouls.

“I knew he was out and we needed somebody to step up,” Serwatka said. “I just felt it was my time to step up.”

Serwatka finished 7 of 12 from the field with a 3-pointer and 4 of 6 at the line.

“I was hyped the whole day today,” said Serwatka, who learned Thursday he would get his first start after averaging 10.3 points over seven games off the bench. “I was just excited waiting for this moment.”

“He moves so well without the ball,” Concord coach Steve Austin said of Serwatka. “He can play out or in, he’s constantly moving, and once we see him, he does a pretty good job of finishing.”

Junior guard Ramon Johnson added 10 points and game highs of seven rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Minutemen.

House, who picked up another quick foul in the third quarter, nonetheless closed with eight points, six rebounds and three assists in 14 minutes.

“I thought there were three keys for us tonight,” Austin said. “I thought our bench did a great job, I thought we played great defense — once we stopped reaching — which kept us in the ball game until our offense started making better passes and started clicking, and then we did a good job of hitting some shots, (including) some outside shots. If we don’t, it’s a little different ball game.”

The Minutemen were 21 of 39 from the field overall for 54 percent, including 6 of 10 outside the arc with five different players converting treys. They also committed just three turnovers in the second half, after coughing up 10 in the first half, and outrebounded the Redskins 29-17.

“I think we have some mental toughness issues right now,” Goshen coach Brian Bechtel said after his club dropped to 6-3 and 1-1 with its second straight lopsided loss. “We’re not as good as Concord, so for us to beat a team like Concord, we have to do little things well. We didn’t do little things well, like when Coach calls for a defense or for a play, and it doesn’t get communicated. We’re lacking communication on the floor right now. It’s frustrating.”

Jesse Good was the lone Redskin in double figures with 10 points. Fellow senior Sam Stegelmann added seven.

The hosts finished just 11 of 35 from the field for 31 percent.

“You have to hit some shots to have any kind of momentum in a game,” Bechtel said, “but when we didn’t hit our shots, our guys tended to worry about it instead of getting tougher and fighting harder on the other end. I will say Concord is really good. They did a nice job never panicking tonight. At halftime, the pace was in our favor, but they played like a veteran club.”

Concord 54, Goshen 30

Concord — Franko House 3-5 1-2 8, DuWhan Alford 2-3 0-0 5, Filip Serwatka 7-12 4-6 18, Adam Glanders 4-5 0-0 9, Ramon Johnson 4-9 0-0 10, Ghaneah Wayker 0-1 1-2 1, Dylan Wynne 0-1 0-0 0, Dakota Simon 1-2 0-0 2, Jacob Kronk 0-1 0-0 0, Cain Crowley 0-0 0-0 0, Jerell Poindexter 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan Tepe 0-0 0-0 0, Brett Austin 0-0 0-0 0, Danny McMahon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-39 (.538) 6-10 (.600) 54.

Goshen — Sam Stegelmann 3-10 1-2 7, Deric Haynes 2-5 0-0 4, Alex Hartsough 2-4 1-2 5, Austin Henke 0-2 0-0 0, Jesse Good 3-8 2-2 10, Austin Woolett 0-2 2-4 2, Cristian Barron 0-0 0-0 0, Cameron Kline 0-0 0-0 0, DJ Ambrose 0-0 0-0 0, Trevor Weldy 0-0 0-0 0, Jack Gingerich 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-35 (.314) 6-10 (.600) 30.

Scoring By Quarters

Concord 7 13 15 19 — 54

Goshen 10 7 6 7 — 30

3-point goals: Concord (6-10) — Johnson 2-3, Alford 1-1, Glanders 1-1, House 1-2, Serwatka 1-2; Goshen (2-11) — Good 2-6.

Rebounds: Concord (29) — Johnson 7, House 6, Serwatka 4, Wayker 4; Goshen (17) — Woolett 4, Stegelmann 3, Hartsough 3.

Assists: Concord (16) — Johnson 4, House 3, Alford 3, Glanders 3; Goshen (4) — Good, Woolett, Bechtel, Barron 1 each.

Steals: Concord (8) — Alford 3, Johnson 3; Goshen (3) — Good 2.

Turnovers: Concord 13, Goshen 15.

Fouls: Concord 15, Goshen 11. Fouled out — none.

Officials: Tom May, Steve Egan, Andy Simpson.

Records: Concord 8-0 (2-0 NLC), Goshen 6-3 (1-1 NLC).

Next: Concord at SB Clay Tuesday; Warsaw at Goshen Friday.

JV: Concord 43, Goshen 36. Top scorers: Concord — Danny McMahon 9, Trevor Wilmore 8, Ryan Tepe 8, Brett Austin 8; Goshen — DJ Ambrose 11, Jack Gingerich 9. JV records: Concord 7-1, Goshen 6-3.




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