DUNLAP — The stage was set for some of that old McCuen Magic — a virtual full house of about 3,400 fans on Senior Night, the band blaring, the traditional pregame/last-game get-silly slam-dunk fest featuring students, a flash mob of moms dancing during halftime to “Gangnam Style” — and fittingly, fourth-year starter Franko House delivering the greatest magic of all, from long distance.
House’s one-handed heave and swish from about 70 feet — right around the opposition free throw line — as time expired in the third quarter swelled Concord’s lead by a third to 37-28, and the Minutemen went on to beat Westview 52-38 in each team’s boys high school basketball regular-season finale Friday, Feb. 22, at McCuen Gym.
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“I had to out-do (Tim Yoder),” House said with a smile of the Concord student who hit a half-court shot during the pregame show. “Really, I was just frustrated at the time, so I just threw it down there, and it happened to go in.”
There was a short debate among the officials over whether the shot should count — House casually connected off a soft and seemingly innocuous inbound from Adam Glanders after the Warriors had just made a free throw with just 0.5 of a second showing on the clock — but it did count.
“That shot at the end of the third quarter was really a momentum-changer,” Westview coach Rob Yoder said. “I’m certainly not saying it’s the play that made the game, but (the resulting deficit) made our defense extend a little more in the fourth quarter.”
House finished with game highs of 20 points and nine rebounds as the Minutemen improved to 19-1 overall and closed a perfect 10-0 at home.
“What a fun atmosphere,” Concord coach Steve Austin said, “and then you add two teams playing well, it just creates a great atmosphere, for fans, players, coaches, everybody. That’s what it’s all about.”
“It’s really nice when you get a bunch of fans going crazy like ours do,” House said. “It’s always fun to play in front of a big crowd like that.”
Sophomore Filip Serwatka scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Minutemen, while senior DuWhan Alford disrupted the Warriors’ offense to the tune of a half-dozen steals.
Junior Jordyn Bontrager paced Westview (18-3) with 15 points and five assists. Sophomore Chandler Aspy added 10 points.
Concord led just 15-14 at halftime after both teams went scoreless over the final four-plus minutes of the second quarter, but then outscored the Warriors 22-14 in a break-out third period.
The Minutemen went 4-of-4 on 3-pointers in that quarter, including 3-of-3 by House, on the heels of going 0-of-6 outside the arc in the first half.
“If we have to give up shots to them, I’d rather have them take those,” Yoder said. “Probably our best chance to get them to miss, and maybe our best chance to rebound the basketball, is them shooting it out there, but they’re just good all-around.”
Westview got no closer than six points in the fourth quarter, at 40-34 with 3:26 remaining, but Concord answered that with a 7-0 run to wrap up the game.
Alford added seven points and four rebounds to the six steals he piled up. Glanders dealt five assists to go with six points.
“Where we’re good is we’ve got so many people that can do so many different things,” Austin said. “I think Franko’s our leader and the one who can to take us to the Promised Land when he gets his chances, and takes what’s there, but I also think we’ve got enough talent that it can be different people every game. Two kids may do some scoring one game, and the next game, it’s two different kids. We have a great group of kids that adjust. If you’re not shooting well, you can still play defense well, pass well, rebound well. We have the kids who find a way.”
Though Westview suffered its most lopsided loss of the season, “I think we played pretty well,” Yoder said. “Their offensive rebounds hurt us (the Minutemen had a 9-3 advantage in multi-chance points), but defensively, I thought we were good enough. On the offensive end, we turned it over a few too many times, but they’re good, so give them credit for that.”
With a first-round Class 4A Elkhart Sectional bye, Concord will await the winner of Tuesday’s Central/Warsaw matchup for a semifinal next Friday at North Side Gym.
The Warriors play in the opening game of their own 2A sectional Tuesday against Bremen.
CONCORD 52, WESTVIEW 38
Westview — Nic Raber 1-4 0-4 2, Kyle Miller 2-7 1-2 6, Chandler Aspy 4-7 2-2 10, Brett Yoder 0-0 0-0 0, Jordyn Bontrager 4-10 1-2 15, Jamar Weaver 2-5 0-0 5, Cody Litwiller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-33 (.424) 4-10 (.400) 38.
Concord — Franko House 7-12 3-4 20, DuWhan Alford 2-4 0-0 7, Filip Serwatka 7-10 1-1 15, Adam Glanders 2-4 1-2 6, Ramon Johnson 1-3 0-0 2, Dylan Wynne 0-2 0-2 0, Jacob Kronk 0-1 0-0 0, Dakota Simon 1-2 0-0 2, Brett Austin 0-0 0-0 0, Danny McMahon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-38 (.553) 5-7 (.714) 52.
Scoring By Quarters
Westview 12 2 14 10 — 38
Concord 9 6 22 15 — 52
3-point goals: Westview (6-13) — Bontrager 4-7, Miller 1-2, Weaver 1-4; Concord (5-11) — House 3-4, Alford 1-2, Glanders 1-2.
Rebounds: Westview (17) — Raber 5, Miller 4, Bontrager 4; Concord (22) — House 9, Serwatka 7, Alford 4.
Assists: Westview (12) — Bontrager 5, Miller 3; Concord (15) — Glanders 5, Johnson 4.
Steals: Westview (4) — Raber 2, Miller 2; Concord (10) — Alford 6, Johnson 2.
Turnovers: Westview 16, Concord 10.
Fouls: Westview 11, Concord 11. Fouled out — none.
Officials: Ron Day, Brian Allen, Tom Hinz, each of Plymouth.
Records: Westview 18-3, Concord 19-1.
Next: Westview vs. Bremen Tuesday, Feb. 26 in first round of Class 2A Westview Sectional, 6 p.m.; Concord vs. Central/Warsaw winner Friday, March 1 in semifinals of Class 4A Elkhart Sectional at North Side Gym.
JV: Concord 45, Westview 33. Top scorers: Concord — Jared Long 8, Ryan Tepe 7, Trevor Wilmore 6, Dylan Troyer 6; Westview — Kolton Miller 12, Bucky Carpenter 10. JV records: Concord 17-3, Westview 13-7.