Concord beats Goshen 2nd run

Concord rolls to 58-37 victory over Goshen.
Posted on Jan. 10, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 11, 2014 at 12:38 a.m.

DUNLAP — Brett Austin played like somebody after spectator Shawn Kemp’s heart, not that Austin’s floor-burn mentality was anything new, either.

The junior who typically leads Concord in diving for loose balls and the like was at it again, but this time, he contributed a career-high 15 points as well as the Minutemen stormed by Goshen 58-37 to cap off a glorious boys basketball reunion event Friday, Jan. 10, in front of a near-capacity crowd of about 3,000 at McCuen Gym.

Kemp, a six-time NBA All-Star, was among about a dozen ex-players and coaches from the 1988 and 1990 state runner-up Concord clubs who were saluted at halftime.

The current Minutemen, meanwhile, fed off the buzz generated in the gym, as well as off Kemp addressing them beforehand about playing hard.

Junior Filip Serwatka contributed game highs of 17 points and nine rebounds while going 8-of-12 from the field, and senior Ramon Johnson swiped his way to five steals to go with 14 points and four assists as the Minutemen improved to 5-3 overall, 1-1 in the Northern Lakes Conference.

“Tonight’s environment was just great,” Austin said. “One of my goals is always to hustle more than anyone else on the court, but I also felt really confident tonight.”

Austin, the son of head coach Steve Austin, was eager to see Kemp, who had gone 3-1 against his dad’s South Bend St. Joseph teams during the 1980s, including a win in an epic battle of powerhouses that was moved to Notre Dame’s Joyce Center in 1988 due to ticket demand.

“It was awesome,” Brett Austin said of Friday’s atmosphere, buoyed by Kemp’s return. “You could see everyone just smiling when he came in. You knew he was coming, but to see him in person was still just crazy.”

Including in the lockerroom, where Kemp briefly met with the Minutemen both before the game and at halftime.

“He told us intensity is everything during a game,” Serwatka said, “that even when things aren’t going well, you can always play hard, always focus, always have intensity, and if that’s how you play, people will always remember that.”

Serwatka, who has sometimes floated to the perimeter more this season than the senior Austin would prefer, established himself inside first on Friday.

“I thought he did a nice job,” Steve Austin said. “He can be a real presence on the inside and that’s what he’s gotta realize. We can do that by him mentally seeing it, or we can do it physically, where we say, ‘Don’t come outside ’til we tell you to come out,’ which I’d rather not. We made a concerted effort to get it to him down low tonight, and he did a good job.”

“Mr. Austin’s kept telling me that I need to be inside more and be more aggressive,” Serwatka said. “I think I was more aggressive tonight. I tried to go after offensive rebounds and not be lazy.”

The coach wound up pleased not just with Serwatka, but with his team as a whole, as he was hoping would be the case on this particular evening.

“We did talk about it, that the pride of Concord is back here, with Shawn Kemp and all the other guys, and we gotta do them proud, carry on the tradition.” Austin said. “I thought we probably did (play our best game of the season). We did a great job defensively, we did a nice job rebounding, we ran the offense, we took a lot of good shots. It was pretty nice. Now we just gotta keep it going.”

The Minutemen bolted to a 7-0 lead in the game’s first 2:07 and stayed ahead all night.

They were up 28-16 at halftime and 44-23 through three quarters.

Concord finished at 57 percent from the field while limiting Goshen to 37 percent, and had eight turnovers to the Redskins’ 14.

Deric Haynes paced Goshen (4-6, 0-2) with 16 points and six boards. He went 6-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-7 outside the arc, but no other Redskin had more than four points.


Goshen — Austin Woolett 2-8 0-2 4, Deric Haynes 6-10 0-0 16, DJ Ambrose 0-0 2-2 2, Jack Gingerich 1-6 0-0 2, Isaac Huerta 1-3 0-0 3, Alex Hartsough 1-3 0-0 2, Alex Haney 1-1 0-0 2, Oliver Nafziger 0-3 0-0 0, Colton Potter 1-2 0-0 3, Trevor Weldy 0-0 0-0 0, Cam Kline 1-2 0-0 3. Totals: 14-38 (.368) 2-4 (.500) 37.

Concord — Brett Austin 6-11 0-0 15, Filip Serwatka 8-12 0-0 17, Danny McMahon 1-3 0-0 2, Jayln Danner 3-5 0-0 6, Ramon Johnson 6-13 2-3 14, Jake Kronk 1-1 0-0 2, Korey Phillips 1-1 0-2 2, Matt Wilmore 0-0 0-0 0, Marvell Danner 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Danner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 26-46 (.565) 2-5 (.400) 58.

Scoring By Quarters

Goshen 6 10 7 14 — 37

Concord 13 15 16 14 — 58

3-point goals: Goshen (7-21) — Haynes 4-7, Huerta 1-2, Potter 1-2, Kline 1-2; Concord (4-13) — Austin 3-4, Serwatka 1-2.

Rebounds: Goshen (21) — Haynes 6, Hartsough 3, Haney 3; Concord (25) — Serwatka 9, Phillips 7, Austin 5.

Assists: Goshen (11) — Gingerich 6, Huerta 3; Concord (15) — Johnson 4.

Steals: Goshen (3) — Woolett, Gingerich, Huerta; Concord (8) — Johnson 5.

Turnovers: Goshen 14, Concord 8.

Fouls: Goshen 7, Concord 5. Fouled out — none.

Officials: Phil Mulroe, Portage; Rob Bishop, Munster; Terry Kreider, Fishers.

Records: Goshen 4-6 (0-2 NLC), Concord 5-3 (1-1 NLC).

Next: SB Clay at Concord Tuesday, Jan. 14; Goshen at Warsaw Friday, Jan. 17.

JV: Concord 35, Goshen 33. Top scorers: Concord — Cedric Mitchell 11, Austin Danner 7; Goshen — Oliver Nafziger 10, Cam Kline 7. JV records: Concord 3-5, Goshen 5-5.

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