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‘Mahalo’ Minutemen run away from Riley

30-4 run helps Concord move to 16-1 overall 8-0 at McCuen Gym.
Posted on Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

DUNLAP — Concord coach Steve Austin and his staff surprised the team and McCuen Gym by wearing Hawaiian shirts and even named a play Mahalo.

“Life’s too short,” said Austin, who sported a blue floral print with a multi-colored lei. “You’ve got to have some fun.”

Mahalo is a word that means “thank you.”

Minutemen boys basketball fans were thankful that they were there to see Concord (16-1) go on a 30-4 run spanning the middle parts of the second and third quarters on the way to a 74-50 rout of visiting South Bend Riley (11-6) Tuesday, Feb. 12.

“It was one of our better games,” said Austin, who was given a ball before the contest commemorating his recent 400th career victory. “We did a nice job offensively and defensively after the first half of the first quarter.”

Austin, noting that his team had a hard time stopping the slashing athletes of South Bend Clay in the team’s only loss, said switching to a 1-2-2 defensive alignment curtailed the Wildcats’ dribble-penetration.

The Minutemen were up 19-16 when they launched their run. The Wildcats went nearly 7 1/2 minutes without a point and trailed 49-20 before finding the basket again at the 4:03 mark of the third period.

Franko House (23 points), Adam Glanders (14), Filip Serwatka (13), DuWhan Alford (11) and Ramon Johnson (9) all contributed to a balanced attack for Concord.

Austin said patience was the key to helping the Minutemen shoot better than 60 percent (29-of-48) from the floor.

“When we were impatient on offense, we missed some ugly shots,” said Austin. “If you’re patient, you can get easy looks.”

Glanders got three off-the-glass baskets by reading the Wildcat coverage and slashing into the lane.

House, who netted eight points in both the second and fourth quarters, got the house rocking a little harder with each of his two alley-oop dunks.

Riley’s offense was paced by Reontre’ Lawrence (12 points), Brock Cosey (10), Torreay Harris (10) and Ja’mare Washington (9).

Lawrence netted eight of his points in the first half while Harris collected all his points after intermission.

The Wildcats came in averaging 67 points per game. The low-water mark for coach Mark Johnson’s squad is 48 against South Bend Washington, with Tuesday being the second-lowest total.

Concord 74, SB Riley 50

Riley — Reontre’ Lawrence 5-8 0-1 12, Micah Williams 3-7 0-0 4, Ja’mare Washington 4-5 1-3 9, Torreay Harris 4-5 0-0 10, Brock Cosey 3-10 4-5 10, Thadius Phillips 0-1 0-0 0, Miquan Patton 2-8 1-1 5, Keyshawn Winbush 0-0 0-0 0, Sherard Cosey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-44 (.477) 6-10 (.600) 50.

Concord — Franko House 9-14 4-8 23, DuWhan Alford 4-5 1-2 11, Filip Serwatka 6-10 1-1 13, Ramon Johnson 3-4 1-1 9, Adam Glanders 6-7 0-0 14, Dylan Wynne 0-2 0-0 0, Jacob Kronk 0-2 0-0 0, Dakota Simon 0-0 0-0 0, Brett Austin 0-0 0-0 0, Danny McMahon 1-2 0-0 2, Jerrell Pointdexter 0-0 2-2 2, Ryan Tepe 0, Trevor Wilmore 0. Totals: 29-48 (.604) 9-14 (.462) 74.

Scoring By Quarters

Riley 14 6 12 18 — 50

Concord 16 27 14 17 — 74

3-point goals: Riley (2-15) — Harris 2-3; Concord (7-15) — Glanders 2-2, Alford 2-3, House 1-3.

Rebounds: Riley (20) — Washington 7; Concord (27) — House 7, Serwatka 4, Simon 4.

Turnovers: Riley 17, Concord 12.

Fouls: Riley 13, Concord 9. Fouled out — none.

Officials: Denny Hepler, Winona Lake; Jon Hershberger, Bremen; Terry Kreider, Fishers.

Records: Concord 16-1, Riley 11-6.

Next: Riley at Niles Wednesday, Feb. 13; Jimtown at Concord Friday.

JV: Concord 50, Riley 28. Top scorers: Concord — Brett Austin 15, Austin Danner 12, Trevor Wilmore 6; Riley — Mahsehyah Carson 8, Jair Rogers 8. JV records: Concord 14-3, Riley 3-13.


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