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Mishawaka Marian boys basketball for 2012-2013. Michael Whitfield _12_Sr. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)
Defense keeps Concord undefeated
Posted on Dec. 30, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

DUNLAP — The offense is continuing to come along for Concord, but Saturday night, coach Steve Austin was happy about where his defense is at already.

After all, it was responsible for the latest victory.

The host Minutemen held the Cavemen, averaging 59 points, to their lowest output of the season while notching a 49-40 win at McCuen Gym and improving to 7-0 on the season.

Earlier in this NIC/NLC Shootout doubleheader, Marian — paced by dazzling Notre Dame recruit Demetrius Jackson’s 29 points, nine rebounds, six assists and six steals — erupted for a 92-52 dismantling of Memorial.

Concord 49, Mishawaka 40

Franko House racked up game highs of 16 points and 13 rebounds for Concord. Adam Glanders added 11 points and six boards, while Ramon Johnson had 10 points and a game-high six assists.

But it was the things not as easily measured by numbers that propelled the Minutemen and dropped Mishawaka to 5-2.

“I told our guys when our offense catches up and if we can play that same defense then, especially the way we played it in the second half, we’re going to be tough,” said Austin, who has reversed course on past early-season practices by emphasizing defense. “I was really worried about this game, because (Mishawaka’s perimeter) guys all can shoot, all can drive, and their bigs have looked pretty good. We did a good job maintaining against all of it.”

“We’re never fine with where we’re at, there’s always things we can get better at,” Glanders said, “but so far, we’re 7 and 0, and we’re proud of ourselves for that.”

Glanders, whose early-season shooting “was shaky” by his own account, went 5 of 9 from the field.

“It takes time because I don’t play basketball year-round,” said the Minuteman football standout, “but I can feel it slowly coming back.”

Trailing 21-18 at halftime, Concord outscored the Cavemen 31-19 after the intermission, taking the lead for good late in the third quarter and pulling away down the stretch. House went 6 of 6 at the line over the final 2:58 to help widen the spread.

Mishawaka shot just 28 percent from the field against the Minutemen’s hawking defense, and Concord outrebounded the visitors 40-26.

Chris Mitchell was the lone Caveman in double figures with 14 points. He added five steals.

Marian 92, Memorial 52

The Knights dominated from start to finish while easily posting their best output of the season and snapping their four-game losing streak.

It was the most points allowed by a Crimson Charger team in seven years.

“This is how we wanna play, how we can play,” Marian coach Robb Berger said. “We played a solid 32 minutes in all aspects of the game, and we still have two more months to go, to figure things out, so let’s see what we can do.”

Jackson did all of his aforementioned damage in a bit over three quarters.

Devin Cannady added 17 points, seven boards and three steals in three quarters, while Michael Whitfield finished with 15 points, four assists and three steals as the Knights moved to 3-6.

“We’ve been playing hard, but we’ve played more like five individuals than a team,” Whitfield said. “That’s what’s hurt us the most. Tonight, we got off to a great start, played together, and it should give us some confidence.”

“I knew we’d have some tough nights like this,” Memorial coach Mark Barnhizer said, “but occasionally, you just have to make shots. We’re not shooting well at all, and that compounds everything else that happens.”

The Chargers (4-4) finished at just 31 percent from the field to Marian’s 56 percent.

The Knights piled up 19 steals as Memorial finished with 21 turnovers to Marian’s eight.

Markese McGuire led the Chargers with 20 points. Dimitri Giger added 10 points and 10 boards.

NIC/NLC Shootout

Marian 92, Memorial 52

Marian — Chris Stager 0-0 0-0 0, Michael Whitfield 6-10 2-3 15, Devin Cannady 6-11 0-0 17, Quron Marks 4-7 0-0 8, Demetrius Jackson 10-19 9-10 29, Dylan Hensley 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Whitfield 4-8 2-2 10, Will Whitten 1-1 0-0 2, Nick Harris 3-3 1-4 7, Jai Wood 1-3 0-0 3, Matt Royeca 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 35-62 (.565) 15-21 (.714) 92.

Memorial — Dimitri Giger 4-12 2-2 10, Darien Williams 2-3 0-0 4, Cameron Maxwell 3-8 0-0 8, Markese McGuire 7-26 4-6 20, James Hershberger 0-2 0-0 0, Spenser Gilbert 1-3 0-0 3, Evan Andersen 0-0 0-0 0, Michael O’Toole 1-2 2-2 4, Austin Miller 0-2 0-0 0, Jon Bailey 1-3 0-0 3. Totals: 19-61 (.311) 8-10 (.800) 52.

Scoring By Quarters

Marian 23 27 23 19 — 92

Memorial 14 11 9 18 — 52

3-point goals: Marian (7-13) — Cannady 5-8, M.Whitfield 1-1, Wood 1-2; Memorial (6-25) — Maxwell 2-7, McGuire 2-11, Bailey 1-2, Gilbert 1-3.

Rebounds: Marian (33) — Jackson 9, Cannady 7; Memorial (35) — Giger 10, McGuire 6, Maxwell 5, Bailey 5.

Assists: Marian (18) — Jackson 6, M.Whitfield 4, J.Whitfield 4; Memorial (11) — Giger 3, McGuire 3, Hershberger 3.

Steals: Marian (19) — Jackson 6, M.Whitfield 3, Cannady 3, Harris 3; Memorial (5) — McGuire 3.

Turnovers: Marian 8, Memorial 21.

Fouls: Marian 11, Memorial 15. Fouled out — none.

Officials: Mike DeBoy, Steve Tyler, Kevin Keen.

Records: Marian 3-6, Memorial 4-4.

Next: Memorial at Plymouth Friday; Jimtown at Marian Jan. 9.

Concord 49, Mishawaka 40

Mishawaka — Jacob Schmatz 0-1 0-0 0, Mike Buchanan 2-7 0-0 4, T.J. Hursey 2-7 0-0 6, Don Mitchell 1-6 4-4 7, Chris Mitchell 5-17 4-5 14, Cody Childress 2-5 4-7 8, Peyton Staples 0-0 1-2 1, Caleb Gabler 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 12-43 (.279) 13-19 (.684) 40.

Concord — Franko House 5-13 6-6 16, DuWhan Alford 1-2 0-0 2, Ghaneah Wayker 1-3 0-0 2, Adam Glanders 5-9 1-2 11, Ramon Johnson 4-10 2-2 10, Dylan Wynne 1-4 0-0 2, Filip Serwatka 3-6 0-3 6, Dakota Simon 0-1 0-0 0, Cain Crowley 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 20-50 (.400) 9-13 (.692) 49.

Scoring By Quarters

Mishawaka 8 13 7 12 — 40

Concord 8 10 14 17 — 49

3-point goals: Mishawaka (3-12) — Hursey 2-6, D.Mitchell 1-2; Concord (0-9).

Rebounds: Mishawaka (26) — Buchanan 8, D.Mitchell 5; Concord (40) — House 13, Glanders 6, Serwatka 5.

Assists: Mishawaka (5) — D.Mitchell 2, C.Mitchell 2; Concord (10) — Johnson 6.

Steals: Mishawaka (11) — C.Mitchell 5, Buchanan 3; Concord (6) — Alford 2, Johnson 2.

Turnovers: Mishawaka 16, Concord 18.

Fouls: Mishawaka 18, Concord 18. Fouled out — none.

Officials: Rob Bishop, Phil Mulroe, Terry Kreider.

Records: Mishawaka 5-2, Concord 7-0.

Next: Concord at Goshen, Mishawaka at Niles (Mich.), both Friday.