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Filip Serwatka (54) of Concord jumps up to score during a game against Michigan City earlier this season. Serwatka had 24 points in a 49-25 home win over Warsaw. (Truth Photo By Jon Garcia) (AP)

Ramon Johnson #10 Concord varsity basketball player 2013-14 season. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)
Concord whips Warsaw for seventh straight win
Posted on Feb. 4, 2014 at 11:35 p.m.

DUNLAP -- Ramon Johnson slid the torch of red-hot Minuteman over to Filip Serwatka, and Concord torched Warsaw to remain in the cauldron that is the Northern Lakes Conference boys basketball race.

The Tigers, meanwhile, may just want to torch their latest game tape. They were held to their lowest point total in 53 years and suffered their most lopsided loss in seven.

With Serwatka scoring 24 points, going 9-of-11 from the field with two 3-pointers and adding three steals and a pair of blocked shots, Concord hammered the visitors 49-25 on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at McCuen Gym.

Johnson, coming off a 43-point outburst three nights earlier, added 14 points and a game-high five assists.

"I knew they were going to try to stop Ramon, face-guard him, and I knew I'd have an opportunity to go one-on-one, especially in the post," Serwatka said. "Without Rashaan Jackson, (Warsaw's) a little bit smaller team."

Jackson, the Tigers' No. 1 rebounder and No. 2 scorer on the season, was serving the second of what's expected to be a 10-game suspension for violating the school's athletic code.

The surging Minutemen (11-3), besides earning their seventh straight win, improved to 4-1 in the NLC, leaving them tied for second with NorthWood a game behind front-running Northridge (5-0).

Concord's two remaining league opponents are none other than NorthWood at home on Saturday, Feb. 8 and Northridge at the Middlebury Madhouse on Thursday, Feb. 13.

"We played pretty well," Minutemen coach Steve Austin said. "I was worried the first half, because Warsaw shot the heck out of it (7-of-12 from the field, including 5-of-7 outside the arc), but fortunately, they didn't get many shots because we were able to get some turnovers. I was worried what they might do if they didn't tire out, but they did tire out."

Warsaw (9-6, 2-3) trailed just 24-19 at halftime, but Concord outscored the guests 25-6 after the break.

In fact, the Tigers had just three second-half points before hitting a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left for the final count and closing at 2-of-14 from the field over the final two quarters.

Warsaw, which lost its third straight, was held to a sub-30 output for just the third time since its 55-24 loss to Alexandria in 1960-61 and for the first time in seven years.

The Minutemen played 2-3 zone virtually throughout, other than some run-and-jump man defense in the second quarter. The hosts came up with nine steals as the Tigers finished with 16 turnovers to Concord's seven.

"We talked about how they love to flash, love to fake and duck in, and I thought the kids did a great job of taking that stuff away," Austin said.

"Coach told us the biggest thing we were going to have to do is talk," Serwatka said. "They flash a lot, go corner to corner, so we wanted to be talking to stop their 3-point shooting."

Adam Glanders, in just his fourth game this season after undergoing a hip procedure following football season, contributed a game-high four steals and five rebounds for the winners.

Tim Swanson led Warsaw with 12 points on 4-of-7 outside the arc. Jordan Stookey, the Tigers' top scorer on the season, played minimally in the second half and finished scoreless.

CONCORD 49, WARSAW 25

Warsaw — Jake Mangas 1-4 1-2 3, Tim Swanson 4-7 0-0 12, Jordan Stookey 0-3 0-0 0, Nate Pearl 2-2 0-0 6, Paul Marandet 2-3 0-0 4, Peyton Long 0-0 0-0 0, Moses Marandet 0-0 0-0 0, Cameron Hoskins 0-3 0-0 0, Riley Rhoades 0-2 0-0 0, Kyle Mangas 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 9-26 (.346) 1-2 (.500) 25

Concord — Brett Austin 2-7 0-0 4, Danny McMahon 1-2 3-3 5, Filip Serwatka 9-11 4-6 24, Adam Glanders 1-2 0-0 2, Ramon Johnson 5-11 4-5 14, Jake Kronk 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Wilmore 0-0 0-0 0, Korey Phillips 0-0 0-0 0, Jaylyn Danner 0-0 0-0 0, Marvell Danner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-33 (.545) 11-14 (.786) 49

Scoring By Quarters

Warsaw — 9 10 1 5 — 25

Concord — 8 16 11 14— 49

3-point goals: Warsaw (6-16) — Swanson 4-7, Pearls 2-2; Concord (2-7) — Serwatka 2-3.

Rebounds: Warsaw (15) — P.Marandet 4, J.Mangas 3, Long 3; Concord (19) — Serwatka 5, Glanders 5, Johnson 4.

Assists: Warsaw (8) — J.Mangas 2; Concord (12) — Johnson 5.

Steals: Warsaw (5) — Pearl 2, P.Marandet 2; Concord (9) — Glanders 4, Serwatka 3.

Turnovers: Warsaw 16, Concord 7.

Total fouls: Warsaw 12, Concord 9. Fouled out — none.

Officials: John Van Wagner, Tim Holmes, Tim Mills.

Records: Warsaw 9-6 (2-3 NLC), Concord 11-3 (4-1 NLC).

Next: Warsaw vs. Elkhart Memorial Friday, Feb. 7, at North Side Gym; NorthWood at Concord Saturday, Feb. 8.

JV: Warsaw 35, Concord 28. Top scorers: Warsaw — Kyle Mangas 13, Jeremy David 7; Concord — Dylan Troyer 10, Jaequon Boothe-Summers 7. JV records: Warsaw 11-2, Concord 8-6.