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Concord romps, clinches at least a share of crown

Minutemen score game's first 15 points, now sit at 12-1 overall and 5-0 in the NLC.
Posted on Jan. 25, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

DUNLAP — Steve Austin likes when his Concord High School boys basketball team can get off to a strong start and keep the opposition from building much momentum.

Austin was pleased to see his Minutemen enjoy such a running start Friday night.

“We want to control the ball game from the beginning and not let teams breathe,” said Austin after Concord (12-1, 5-0) scored the first 15 points on the way to an 82-43 Northern Lakes Conference victory against Wawasee (3-10, 0-5). “We wanted to get the tempo right away and we did — offensively and defensively.

“We did some of the best boxing out (on rebounds) we’ve done all year. We were talking on defense. I’m very, very please with what we did.”

With Warsaw beating NorthWood 67-51, Memorial besting Goshen 56-52 and Northridge topping Plymouth 51-49 in overtime, Concord can now do no worse than tie for the NLC title.

The Minutemen enjoy a two-game lead over NorthWood (11-3, 3-2), Goshen (8-5, 3-2) and Warsaw (9-6, 3-2). Concord’s final two NLC games are Feb. 2 at NorthWood and Feb. 7 against Northridge in Dunlap.

A winter homecoming crowd at McCuen Gym saw the Minutemen lead 24-3 at the end of the first quarter. Ramon Johnson scored eight of his game-high 13 points and Filip Serwatka netted six of his 12 in the opening period for Concord.

Dakota Simon (12 points), Adam Glanders (10) and Franko House (eight) also contributed on a night where 11 different Concord players found the scoring column.

On a night where he was recognized for recently scoring his 1,000th career point, House collected 10 of his team’s 37 rebounds and dished out five assists.

Since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, Austin has witnessed steady improvement in his team, notably in patience when shooting from the perimeter.

“Early in the year, we took (3-point) shots too early,” said Austin. “We’ve got to take 3s out of our offense, out of moving the ball.”

The Minutemen led by as many as 32 points in the first half and had a 43-12 advantage at halftime.

Alex Clark hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored all his team-leading 10 points for Wawasee in the third quarter and the Warriors trailed 60-26 going into the fourth quarter.

Jeffrey Moore scored nine for Wawasee with three 3-pointers, including two in the final period.

Concord’s lead swelled to 43 points a few times in the fourth quarter.

Concord 82, Wawasee 43

Wawasee — Stori Bright 3-3 0-0 6, Alex Clark 2-10 4-4 10, David Rocha 0-3 1-2 1, Chase Myers 1-5 0-0 3, Gage Reinhard 1-5 0-1 2, Jake Hutchinson 2-7 0-0 6, Chase Rookstool 0-0 0-0 0, Jeffrey Moore 3-6 0-0 9, Sam Clark 0-0 0-0 0, Aaron Voirol 0-1 0-0 0, Bailey Hershberger 1-1 0-0 3, Justin Ciriello 1-1 0-0 3, Kody Carpenter 0-0 0-0 0, Elijah Solina 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-42 (.335) 5-7 (.714) 43.

Concord — Franko House 4-9 0-0 8, DuWhan Alford 3-5 0-0 6, Filip Serwatka 5-8 2-4 12, Ramon Johnson 5-6 0-0 13 Adam Glanders 4-4 1-2 10, Dylan Wynne 1-4 0-0 2, Dakota Simon 5-10 1-1 12, Jacob Kronk 3-5 1-1 7, Brett Austin 2-2 0-0 4, Ryan Tepe 1-10 0-0 2, Jerrell Pointdexter 3-3 0-0 6. Totals: 36-66 (.545) 5-8 (.625) 82.

Scoring By Quarters

Wawasee 3 9 14 17 — 43

Concord 24 19 17 22 — 82

3-point goals: Wawasee (10-28) — Moore 3-6, Clark 2-5, Hutchinson 2-6, Hershberger 1-1, Ciriello 1-1, Myers 1-5; Concord (5-7) — Johnson 3, Glanders, Simon.

Rebounds: Wawasee (18) — Clark 4; Concord (37) — House 10, Austin 6.

Assists: Wawasee (9); Concord (20) — House 5, Wynne 5, Johnson 4.

Steals: Wawasee (5); Concord (9).

Turnovers: Wawasee 17, Concord 10.

Fouls: Wawasee 12, Concord 11. Fouled out — none.

Officials: Bruce Wirick, Granger; Jim Weinberg, New Carlisle, Brandon Rogers, Elkhart.

Records: Concord 12-1 (5-0 NLC),Wawasee 3-10 (0-5 NLC).

Next: Concord at LaPorte, Wawasee at Lakeland, both today, Jan. 26.

JV: Concord 42, Wawasee 26. Top scorers: Concord — Ryan Tepe 10, Trevor Wilmore 10, Korey Phillios 8, Jerrell Pointdexter 5; Wawasee — Aaron Voirol 10, Sam Clark 5. JV records: Concord 10-3, Wawasee 3-10.


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