Goshen News, Goshen, IN


January 15, 2013


Concord gets late push to hold off Blue Blazers

ELKHART — You could say Adam Glanders took one for the team Tuesday night in a high school boys basketball game at North Side Gym in Elkhart.

The 6-2 junior was elbowed in the head with 4:27 left in the fourth period and his Concord Minutemen leading 38-34. Glanders left the contest and never returned, but the Minutemen went on to a 49-37 non-conference win over the Elkhart Central Blue Blazers.

“Adam got elbowed somewhere around his face,” Concord coach Steve Austin said. “I hate to say it but in a way we got fired up after Adam left the game. It woke us up.”

Austin was upset with the officials since no fouled was called on the play.

“I get a little emotional when one of my players gets hurt,” Austin said. “Adam doesn’t have a headache. I really don’t know anything else.”

Overshadowed by all this was the fact of 6-6 Concord senior Franko House went over 1,000 points in his prep career. House entered the game with 996 points and it didn’t take him long to go over the milestone.

The Ball State recruit scored his team’s first five points with a dunk at 7:22 of the opening quarter and followed up with a 3-pointer at 4:42 that tied the scored 5-5.

House finished the game with game highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds.

“Franko probably has more dunks this season than he had over his first three years,” Austin said. “He has not shot a lot of 3-pointers in his career but he can make that shot.

“He was the dominate player tonight that we needed him to be. We were looking for him as we knew he would have an advantage inside.”

House scored several baskets after rebounding missed shots, a couple of them his own misses.

“There is probably not a better forward in northern Indiana. That’s why he is going to Ball State,” Central coach Troy Noble said. “He was a matchup problem for us, but he has been that for most teams over the last four years.”

House is the seventh player in Concord history to eclipse the 1,000-point barrier. Others are Elkhart County’s all-time leading scorer Shawn Kemp (2,134), Jamar Johnson (1,456), Dairese Gary (1,330), Ron Iwema (1,210), Shawntes Gary (1,018) and Warren Linn (1,001).

“I knew I was going for 1,000,” House said. “It’s not something I thought about going into high school. It’s something that happened. It was more important tonight that we got the win.

“It was really exciting to go over 1,000 with a dunk and a 3-pointer.”

The Blue Blazers battled the Minutemen all night long. Concord had an early 10-5 lead in the first period only to have Central charge back and take a 14-10 advantage at quarter’s end.

Central was leading 19-18 with 4:25 left in the opening half only to have the Minutemen go on a 13-0 run for a 31-19 lead at 4:15 of the third quarter.

“We really mixed it up on defense,” Austin said. “We picked up the intensity. In the first half we missed a lot of easy shots. When you are doing that you can still play defense.”

The Blue Blazers began chipping away at the lead. It was down to 34-28 at the end of the third quarter when 5-9 junior Genoris Crawford make a shot from half court as the clock expired.

“We have moments when we try to play too fast,” House said. “That’s when we throw the ball away.”

Austin agreed adding, “When we were patient we got the shots we were looking for. Central is very athletic and they do a lot of things that can disrupt your offense.”

Glanders scored on a pair of layups early in the fourth to put Concord back up by 10 (38-28) with 6:45 left in the contest.

“Glanders made a couple of big plays,” Noble said.

Baskets by Crawford, 6-2 senior Larnell Jett and 6-2 junior Jaron Walters got it to the 38-34 score with 4:57 to go.

Then there was a strange situation.

House was fouled on a drive to the basket. He missed the first free throw and Central was called for a foul.

House then shot his second freebie and Concord got two more tosses from the charity stripe.

“The momentum changed on that play,” Noble said. “That was the turning point.”

Concord closed out the game with a 10-3 run.

Five-eight junior Ramon Johnson added nine points for the Minutemen. Glanders chipped in with eight and 6-5 sophomore Filip Serwatka six.

Walters scored eight points, Crawford and 5-11 senior Terell Street both seven for the Blue Blazers.

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