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Concord outlasts pesky Pilgrims in OT

Alford's defense, Serwatka's streak, House's production help carry Concord.


Posted on Jan. 12, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

DUNLAP — DuWhan Alford got Mack Mercer out of the game, which didn’t hurt in getting Concord to overtime, where Filip Serwatka got the hosts at long last over the three-year hump that’s been Plymouth.

The Minutemen outscored the Pilgrims 10-2 in OT, including eight points by Serwatka, to prevail 50-42 in front of about 2,400 boys high school basketball fans Friday night at McCuen Gym and remain undefeated in the Northern Lakes Conference.

“They’ve beaten us so many times. It was our last chance to beat them,” said Alford, a senior who was directly responsible for all of Mercer’s last three fouls over a span of four minutes, leaving the Plymouth star disqualified with 2:43 left in regulation.

The first of those three fouls was a double foul on Mercer and Alford, but then the 6-foot-9 Mercer also went over the 6-3 Alford’s back on a rebound attempt, then was whistled for his fifth on a reach in response to Alford stealing the ball from him.

Mercer, a junior, went into the game averaging 22.5 points, but was held to 10 while being defended primarily by Alford.

“He’s dangerous any time he has the ball,” Alford said of Mercer, who also blocked four shots, “so I tried to deny him, and good players, when they don’t get the ball in their hands, they get a little frustrated. So that’s what I was trying to do.”

Concord (9-1) moved to 3-0 in the NLC for the first time in eight years and is tied with NorthWood for the league lead. The Pilgrims (9-2) dropped to 1-2 in the NLC, both losses coming in OT to the league co-leaders.

“I thought both teams competed extremely hard,” Plymouth coach Ryan Bales said. “I know (Concord was) dealing with some sickness, but they didn’t really show it, and I know there were a couple times that we could’ve folded, but we didn’t.”

There were 10 lead changes in the second half, but after the Pilgrims scored the first bucket of OT, Serwatka went off.

The 6-foot-5 sophomore tallied on a drive, then twice more on slick feeds from Ramon Johnson — who had nine assists and four steals — before converting a pair of free throws as well.

“With Franko (House) also in there, they kind of had to stay one-on-one with Filip, which was a little bit of a mismatch,” Concord coach Steve Austin said. “He’s just a very good offensive player who knows how to move.”

House led all players with 17 points and eight rebounds, drawing to within four of 1,000 career points. Serwatka finished with 15 points and six boards.

David Lee paced the Pilgrims with 14 points and three steals.

Concord 50, Plymouth 42

Plymouth — Kyser McCrammer 2-2 0-0 5, Ike Kastner 1-7 0-0 2, Mack Mercer 3-7 3-4 10, David Lee 7-14 0-1 14, Joe Knapp 2-8 1-3 6, Tom Felke 2-5 0-0 5, Trenton Briles 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 17-44 (.386) 4-8 (.500) 42.

Concord — Franko House 8-12 0-0 17, DuWhan Alford 1-4 0-3 3, Filip Serwatka 6-10 3-4 15, Adam Glanders 3-6 2-3 10, Ramon Johnson 2-6 0-0 5, Dylan Wynne 0-1 0-0 0, Jacob Kronk 0-0 0-0 0, Ghaneah Wayker 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 20-41 (.488) 5-10 (.500) 50.

Scoring By Quarters

Plymouth 11 8 11 10 2 — 42

Concord 14 8 9 9 10 — 50

3-point goals: Plymouth (4-22) — McCrammer 1-1, Mercer 1-3, Felke 1-3, Knapp 1-5; Concord (5-11) — Glanders 2-3, House 1-1, Johnson 1-2, Alford 1-4.

Rebounds: Plymouth (20) — Kastner 8, Mercer 5; Concord (32) — House 8, Serwatka 6, Alford 5, Johnson 5.

Assists: Plymouth (10) — Kastner 3; Concord (12) — Johnson 9.

Steals: Plymouth (5) — Lee 3; Concord (7) — Johnson 4, Alford 2.

Turnovers: Plymouth 14, Concord 19.

Fouls: Plymouth 14, Concord 15. Fouled out — Mercer (2:43, 4th quarter).

Officials: Kirk Robinson, Akron; Eric Coburn, Leesburg; Terry Leek, Warsaw.

Records: Plymouth 9-2 (1-2 NLC), Concord 9-1 (3-0 NLC).

Next: LaPorte at Plymouth tonight, Jan. 12; Concord vs. Central Tuesday at North Side Gym.

JV: Plymouth 26, Concord 24. Top scorers: Plymouth — Josh Anders 8, Michael Kaser 6; Concord — Danny McMahon 12, Ryan Tepe 6. JV records: Plymouth 7-4, Concord 8-2.



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