By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS
Friday night marks the end of the high school boys basketball regular season and as it has been in recent years, more often than not, the highlight matchup involves the Concord Minutemen and the Westview Warriors.
Both teams are having excellent seasons with Westview bringing an 18-2 record and Concord an 18-1 mark into the game that will take place in McCuen Gym in Dunlap Friday night.
Concord is a Class 4A school while Westview is a 2A program. Concord has won four of the last five meetings with the Warriors, but Westview has went on to make a run in the state tournament in four of those years. Three times the Warriors went on to the regional championship before the season ended and in 2007-08 made it to semistate before being sidelined by the DeShaun Thomas-led Fort Wayne Bishop Luers Knights 83-70.
“Plying good teams should bring out the best in you or help you figure out what your team needs to work on,” Westview coach Rob Yoder said.
The Warriors end the regular season with a tough stretch of games against Goshen (49-43 loss), Fremont (64-46 win) and the Minutemen.
“I think anytime you can schedule a good team before you start sectional it should help you,” Yoder said. “We could schedule a team we could beat by 60 points, but we would probably be getting away with stuff that we couldn’t get away with come sectional time. If you want to get better you need to play better teams.”
Concord is led in scoring by 6-6 senior Franko House, 16.2 points per game; 6-5 sophomore Filip Serwatka, 13.2; 6-2 junior Adam Glanders, 8.6; 5-8 junior Ramon Johnson, 8.0; and 6-3 senior DuWhan Alford, 6.6.
“We are going to have to play good team defense,” Yoder said. “House is a matchup problem for us as he has been for most teams this season. I don’t think you can expect one player to guard him. We are going to have to be quick with our help side defense.”
Leading scorers for the Warriors are 6-4 senior Kyle Miller 15.1 ppg, 6-3 sophomore Chandler Aspy 12.0, 5-10 junior Jordyn Bontrager 11.8 and 6-3 senior Nic Raber 0.3.
All boys games are on Friday this week with sectionals slated to begin on Tuesday.
The Fairfield Falcons (10-11, 6-3 NECC) entertain the Central Noble Cougars (5-14, 1-8). Fairfield is paced in scoring by 6-2 senior Justin Scott 11.1 ppg, 6-5 senior Brad Lantz 9.6, 6-2 junior Marcus Rodes 9.4 and 6-2 sophomore Joe Line 7.9.
The Bethany Christian Bruins (3-16) host the Fremont Eagles (11-8). Six-two senior Caleb Morris leads the Bruins in scoring at 13.7 ppg, followed by 6-0 sophomore Sol Brenneman 12.0 and 6-3 junior Abe Thorne 8.8.
Bethany is coming off a tough 54-50 loss at Central Noble last Tuesday.
“We keep finding ways of being competitive, but we just don’t seem to have enough moxie to make enough plays at the end of a game to put us over the hump,” Bethany coach Jim Buller said. “We do feel like we are going to knock some team off this season, but we are running out of chances.
“Fremont is a good team and they have one of the top players around (senior Tyler Jenkins). The Eagles play a style that could give us some problems. They like to play at a faster pace and shoot 3-pointers. We seem to be a better team in a game with a more controlled pace.”
The Northridge Raiders (9-10) host the DeKalb Barons (14-7). The Barons are coached by GHS graduate Jon Everingham. Northridge is paced in scoring by 6-6 junior Nate Ritchie 19.4 ppg, 6-1 junior Sam Ahonen 8.6, 5-9 sophomore Pete Smith 8.0 and 6-1 senior Joey Ganyard 6.9.
The NorthWood Panthers (13-6) entertain the Whitko Wildcats (5-14). NorthWood has had a solid 1-2 scoring punch in 6-5 junior Zach Zurcher 17.8 ppg and 6-5 classmate Jonathan Wilkinson 15.8. Others are 6-2 senior Tommy Klem 8.3, 6-5 junior Will Stueve 7.4 and 5-9 junior Tanner Farmwald 6.4
Stueve is on an impressive streak over the last three games with 107 of his 141 points during the stretch. He had 17 on a 60-57 over loss to Elkhart Memorial, 287 in a 66-53 win over John Glenn and 22 in an 82-66 victory over Bremen.
The Wawasee Warriors (5-14) travel to Tippecanoe Valley (16-3). Top scorers for Wawasee are 6-1 sophomore Alex Clark 13.7 ppg, 5-9 sophomore Gage Reinhard 7.9, 6-5 junior Chase Myers 6.0 and 6-0 freshman Jeffrey Moore 5.6.