Concord hunting for a 4A regional upset against Penn

Concord enters 4A regional with one starter out because of an injury; loaded Lake Central meets LaPorte in other semi.

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 4:55 p.m.


Saturday, March 15

Game 1 — Lake Central (19-3) vs. LaPorte (16-7), 11 a.m. Eastern Time.

Game 2 — Concord (15-8) vs. Penn (22-1), follows.

Championship — 8 p.m.

Coaching Perspectives

Steve Austin, Concord — "They (Penn) just don’t miss shots. And it’s not just one guy, it’s all of them. Usually, you can kind of pick and choose how you guard, but not really much with them, and then they crash the boards really hard. ... (On junior starter and son Brett Austin’s severe ankle sprain, suffered Monday) He’s definitely out, barring some miracle. We do have the experience of playing a couple games without him already, but it hurts us depth-wise. ... I can’t ask too much more here lately. We’ve played really well the last four games. We put together three good games in the sectional and even the overtime loss at Westview, I thought we played pretty well. If we can keep it up, I think we can make it competitive."

Al Rhodes, Penn — "When you add (Adam) Glanders (who joined the Minutemen well after their 66-48 loss at Penn on Dec. 13), it changes their starting lineup, changes rotations. He’s a very experienced player and will be a factor in terms of offense, defense and rebounding. And I think (Filip Serwatka), who’s a very good scorer, is playing more inside now, so they’ve kind of revamped their team. I think a big key is going to be whether we control the rebounding, and there’s only been two teams — Washington and Washington — that have gotten us there. ... (On being the least senior-dominated team in the regional field) Seniors are always tough to beat. Part of it’s they just don’t want their careers to end. They’ll rebound, go after loose balls, but we’ve been up to the challenge so far, and we’ve also got seniors doing a great job in their roles."

Stat Leaders

Lake Central: Tyler Wideman (6-7 sr.; 15.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 71 percent on 2s), Tye Wilburn (5-11 sr.; 12.3 ppg, 4.5 apg, 2.8 spg, 61 percent on 2s), Tyler Ross (6-6 sr.; 8.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 27-of-69 on 3s for 39 percent), Matt Meneghetti (5-10 sr.; 7.5 ppg, 48-of-111 on 3s for 43 percent), Joe Bannister (5-9 jr.; 6.6 ppg, 1.9 spg), Cory Dickelman (6-5 sr.; 5.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg), Robert Ryan (5-8 sr.; 4.8 ppg, 2.5 apg).

LaPorte: Josh Fleming (6-0 sr.; 19.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.9 apg, 3.3 spg., 54 percent on 2s, 83 percent on FTs), Gage Ott (6-5 sr.; 16.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 65 percent on 2s), Jacob Jones (6-0 sr.; 10.1 ppg, 59-of-150 on 3s for 39 percent), Miles Browder (6-3 sr.; 6.2 ppg), Blake Arnett (5-10 sr.; 5.0 ppg), Tyler Littlejohn (5-10 jr.; 3.8 ppg).

Concord: Ramon Johnson (5-9 sr.; 19.0 ppg, 4.3 apg, 2.1 spg, 31-of-70 on 3s for 44 percent), Filip Serwatka (6-6 jr.; 15.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 64 percent on 2s), Adam Glanders (6-2 sr.; 8.8 ppg, 1.8 spg), Brett Austin (6-3 jr., injured, not expected to play; 7.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg), Danny McMahon (5-11 jr.; 5.3 ppg, 2.8 apg), Jake Kronk (5-11 sr.; 2.3 ppg).

Penn: Jordan Geist (6-1 jr.; 17.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.5 spg, 27-of-61 on 3s for 44 percent), Billy Doslak (6-0 jr.; 12.6 ppg, 2.5 apg, 41-of-96 on 3s for 43 percent, 82 percent on FTs), Ryan Lutz (5-11 jr.; 8.7 ppg, 40-of-100 on 3s for 40 percent), Taylor Brooks (6-5 sr.; 8.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 60 percent on 2s), Andrew Kimm (6-8 sr.; 7.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 58 percent on 2s), Christian Wittendorf (6-3 sr.; 6.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg), Nate Miller (5-8 jr.; 5.0 ppg, 2.3 apg, 1.9 spg).

Things To Know

Lake Central: The overall No. 8-ranked Indians are led by Butler recruit and Indiana All-Star candidate Tyler Wideman, tabbed "Big Cat" by his teammates. ... Lake Central, champion of the Duneland Athletic Conference at 7-0, has won 12 of its last 13, all but one of those wins by double digits. Two of its losses are to overall No. 2-ranked Indianapolis Tech and 3A No. 3 Bowman Academy. ... The Indians are shooting for just their second-ever regional title, the first coming in 1984 ... Sagarin rating: 95.8.

LaPorte: The Slicers are led by Indiana All-Star candidate Josh Fleming, who averaged 26.7 points over three sectional wins and earned IBCA Player of the Week honors, and Bethel recruit Gage Ott. ... LaPorte, too, is in the DAC, going 3-4 and losing 65-46 to Lake Central during the regular season. ... The Slicers have won eight regional titles, the last coming in 1998. ... Sagarin rating: 78.7.

Concord: The Minutemen have played two of the fellow regional entrants. Besides the 66-48 loss at Penn, they beat visiting LaPorte 72-67 on Feb. 1. ... Concord knocked off two teams in the Elkhart Sectional that it lost to during the regular season, including a 67-62 win over 18-2 Northridge. ... The Minutemen are seeking their first regional title since 1991 and fifth overall. ... Sagarin rating: 79.1.

Penn: The overall No. 6-ranked Kingsmen have already clinched the best record in school history. They’ve won 13 straight, and in the South Bend Washington Sectional they avenged their lone loss all season by beating the hosts 71-67 in overtime. ... Hall of Famer Al Rhodes has a 538-242 record, the most wins among coaches still alive this postseason. ... Penn is seeking its first regional title since 2006 and seventh overall. ... Sagarin rating: 91.8.

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