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February 13, 2013

Concord shakes off slow start to topple South Bend Riley

DUNLAP — Just a little over one minute into the game, the Concord Minutemen found themselves trailing 4-0.

Coach Steve Austin called a time out and whatever he said the Minutemen got the message. Concord went from a 16-14 lead after one period to a 43-20 bulge at halftime and cruised to a 74-50 win over the Sough Bend Riley Wildcats in a high school boys basketball game Tuesday night in McCuen Gym.

“We got off to a slow start and I was not happy with that,” the coach said. “Once we got over that I was pleased with the way we played. It was probably one of our best games. We did a nice job on both offense and defense. Riley is a good team and I still consider them to be a good team.”

Austin feels the game had some lessons for his players.

“This was a good game for us,” he said. “We lost to an athletic team in South Bend Clay, because we didn’t play very good defense. Riley is athletic and early on they were hurting us with dribble penetration. We were in a 2-3 zone and that didn’t stop them so we switched to a 1-2-2 and that did.”

Concord (16-1) hosts the Jimtown Jimmies Friday.

Four of the five starters for the Minutemen scored in double figures. Six-six senior Franko House tossed in 23 points to lead the way. Six-two junior Adam Glanders contributed 14, 6-5 sophomore Filip Serwatka 13 and 6-3 senior DuWhan Alford 11. Five-eight junior Ramon Johnson just missed being the fifth, finishing with nine points.

“All of the guys played well,” Austin said. “This might have been one of DuWhan’s better games.”

Alford took advantage of one situation when almost everyone on the Riley defense took off for their basket thinking they we coming away with the ball. Instead the ball bounced into Alford’s hands and he drained the shot.

“When things like that happen you know you’re having a good night,” Austin said.

Concord players, led by Glanders, used penetration to the basket to draw Riley out of its zone defense.

“We felt if we could get them out of the zone we could get some easy baskets,” Austin said.

Several of Glanders’ baskets were on drives to the basket.

“Adam did a good job on the drives,” Austin said. “He even used the backboard three times. That is something we have been after him to do all season.”

Concord outscored the Wildcats 27-6 in the second period. The Minutemen hit 11-of-14 field goals in the period.

“Being patient on offense was one of the keys for us,” Austin said.

The defense was another part as Riley was stuck on 20 points from 3:54 of the second period until 4:25 of the third. By the time Riley scored again Concord had stretched the lead to 39-20.

There was a Hawaiian theme in the Concord student section Tuesday. Austin and the rest of his coaches decided to join the students dressed in Hawaiian shirts.

“We kept it from the students. We didn’t even tell the players,” Austin said. “They were pretty surprised when we cane out. We have such a great crowd and we wanted to give them something back. It was a lot of fun for us.”

Austin made a reference to the five-overtime game between Notre Dame and Louisville last Saturday.

“You watch Mike Brey (Notre Dame coach) and he was having fun during every time out,” the coach said. “Rick Pitino (Louisville coach) looked like he was going to have a heart attack. You have to have fun. Life is too short.”

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