JIMTOWN — Concord is back from its short losing streak, and perhaps just as pivotal for the Minutemen with postseason knocking on the door, Adam Glanders is beginning to appear all the way back from his setbacks.
The senior guard couldn't be much more appreciative about it, either.
"At first, I felt heartbroken," Glanders said Friday, Feb. 21, as he reflected on what once seemed a certainty — that he would miss his senior high school basketball season altogether. "To not be able to be out there with these guys, and then when I got the final word that I would be able to play, it was just amazing."
Glanders scored 11 points, dealt three assists and made two steals as Concord downed host Jimtown 45-36 on Friday.
Earlier in the week, he erupted for 25 points and nabbed four steals during the Minutemen’s 66-61 loss at South Bend Riley.
Until that breakout and Friday’s follow-up, though, his point production had often been scant since his Jan. 21 return from a hip procedure that had cost him the season’s first 10 games.
"It took me a little while at first to get comfortable with playing again, and to not be a little hesitant on my hip," Glanders said, "but now I feel great."
Following football season last fall, Glanders anticipated that he would need to undergo two hip procedures, which would've meant his high school basketball career would be over. But he wound up needing just the one. Friday was his eighth game back.
"I thought it would take about three, four weeks (after his return to game action) before he’d be in a comfort zone, which is about where we are, so I’m kind of pumped," Concord coach Steve Austin said of Glanders, a starter last winter for a 19-2 club. "He makes a difference."
Junior Filip Serwatka also made a difference for the Minutemen on Friday, scoring a game-high 18 points, flushing down four dunks, finishing 9-of-15 from the field and grabbing eight rebounds.
Senior Ramon Johnson added 12 points and a game-high five assists as Concord (12-6) snapped its three-game skid.
The Jimmies (7-11) trailed 12-0 after one quarter, but closed to 16-10 by the end of a low-scoring and strange first half in which just three fouls were whistled.
They could get no closer than that halftime deficit, though, and the Minutemen led by a high of 37-19 with five minutes left in the final period.
"I thought it was a good win," Austin said. "I thought defensively, we did a good job for the most part. Offensively, at times we struggled and at times we looked good. We forced things a few times. We gotta get better, and we will."
Concord had lost three straight only one other time in Austin's six years aboard, and no more than that many.
"Right now, it's important just to get a win," Austin said. "It builds momentum, builds confidence. We need to play well, win or lose, but with a win, it's a lot better going to practices."
"Hopefully, this helps us get ready for sectionals," Glanders said. "We gotta work hard, play hard, and like Coach has been saying, play as one, focus on what we're doing, execute together."
The young Jims — they started three sophomores, a freshman and a junior, and have no seniors on their roster — could nary execute a made shot in the opening quarter, but actually outscored the Minutemen the rest of the way.
"If someone said, 'Hey, we'll hold Concord to 12 points in the first quarter,' we would've thought, 'Good job,' and it was a good job," Jimtown coach Ron Dietz said, "but we just didn't hit shots we maybe normally would hit."
The coach didn't dismiss the youth factor against the Minutemen, who started three seniors and two juniors.
I think maybe we had a few jitters the first quarter," Dietz said, "but the kids didn't quit, came back strong that second quarter. Then we struggled again in the third — we always seem a little slow out of the gate — but again they didn't quit. They battled to the end. Concord's got a good team and I don't want to keep talking about moral victories, but we are starting to stay with more experienced, skilled teams."
Junior Nick Floyd paced the Jimmies with 10 points. Sophomores Dylan Guldager and Adam DeShone added nine and eight, respectively.
The Minutemen played without usual starter Brett Austin, who dressed, but sat out as a precaution after suffering a first-quarter ankle sprain against Riley. In his place, Korey Phillips grabbed seven rebounds.
Concord won for the sixth straight time in Elkhart County's oldest and most chaptered series to take a 101-36 lead all-time.
Concord 45, Jimtown 36
Concord — Korey Phillips 0-1 0-1 0, Danny McMahon 1-2 0-0 2, Filip Serwatka 9-15 0-0 18, Adam Glanders 5-8 0-0 11, Ramon Johnson 4-13 3-4 12, Matt Wilmore 1-1 0-0 2, Jake Kronk 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-40 (.500) 3-5 (.600) 45.
Jimtown — Trevor Hobbs 2-5 2-2 6, Nick Floyd 4-11 0-0 10, Sam Pawlak 1-3 1-3 3, Adam DeShone 3-9 0-0 8, Dylan Guldager 4-9 0-0 9, Austin Secor 0-0 0-0 0, Blane Bender 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 14-38 (.368) 3-5 (.600) 36.
Scoring By Quarters
Concord — 12 4 15 14 — 45
Jimtown — 0 10 5 21 — 36
3-point goals: Concord (2-4) — Glanders 1-1, Johnson 1-1; Jimtown (5-20) — DeShone 2-7, Floyd 2-9, Guldager 1-3.
Rebounds: Concord (31) — Serwatka 8, Phillips 7, Johnson 6; Jimtown (15) — Pawlak 7, Hobbs 6.
Assists: Concord (14) — Johnson 5, McMahon 3, Glanders 3; Jimtown (9) — Hobbs 3.
Steals: Concord (5) — Glanders 2; Jimtown (3) — Hobbs, Floyd, Guldager 1 each.
Turnovers: Concord 9, Jimtown 7.
Total fouls: Concord 9, Jimtown 8. Fouled out — none.
Records: Concord 12-6, Jimtown 7-11.
Next: Mishawaka at Concord, Jimtown at Fairfield, both Tuesday, Feb. 25.
JV: Concord 49, Jimtown 44. Top scorers: Concord — Cedric Mitchell 14, Dylan Troyer 12, Jaequon Boothe-Summers 10; Jimtown — Travis Atkinson 16, Dalton Whitman 9. JV records: Concord 10-8, Jimtown 10-8.