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Pilgrims fall on road at Concord

January 12, 2013

DUNLAP — It was not a thing of beauty, but Concord’s Minutemen will take the win as they come away with an NLC home overtime victory over Plymouth by a final of 50-42.
It was a battle of big-time college recruits with Concord’s Franko House — headed for Ball State University — squaring off against Plymouth’s Mack Mercer, and statistically the match favored House, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds. However House was matched up most of the night with one Plymouth defender —Kyser McCrammer — while Mercer spent much of the night triple-teamed by various Concord defenders.
“I wouldn’t put it past teams to do that as we go along,” said Plymouth Head coach Ryan Bales. “But we have other kids that can make plays; we just need them to do that.”
Mercer fouled out of the game with 2:43 to play and Plymouth trailing by just three at 38-35. While the Pilgrims put up a valiant fight they could not hold off Concord in overtime.
“It’s huge (Mercer fouling out). There is a lot of banging inside for the whole game, and I thought he kept his composure,” said Bales of losing his man in the middle. “The entire game they were denying him hard. It’s unfortunate. You want your best players out there at the end. It’s part of the game.”
“Both teams fought very hard. I know they were dealing with some sickness, but they didn’t really show it,” said Bales. “There were some times they went up a couple possessions and our kids could have folded. We just didn’t have enough at the end.”
In addition to battling with House for the night, the Plymouth defense also had to deal with an outstanding game from Filip Serwatka, who ended the night with 15 points and six rebounds.
“He’s averaged 21 the last two games, and he’s playing with a lot of confidence,” said Bales. “He took it off the dribble a lot more than we’ve seen. We had to respect his shot. The one time he took our guy one on one at the top of the key. It was just a breakdown in our defense, it was a nice play by him.”
It’s the second overtime conference loss for Plymouth, who moves to 8-2 on the year with a game tonight at home against LaPorte. Concord (9-1) is at Elkhart Central on Tuesday.
• CONCORD 50, PLYMOUTH 42
At Dunlap
Score by quarters
Plymouth: 11 19 30 40 42
Concord: 14 22 31 40 50
PLYMOUTH (42): Reid Yoder 0 0-0 0, Jack Barron 0 0-0 0, Joe Knapp 2 1-3 6, David Lee 7 0-1 14, Nick Bayley 0 0-0 0, Mack Mercer 3 3-4 10, Ike Kastner 2 0-0 5, Kyser McCrammer 1 0-0 2, Trent Briles 0 0-0 0, Josh Anders 0 0-0 0, Tom Felke 2 0-0 5, Michael Kaser 0 0-0 0, Tyler England 0 0-0 0; Totals 17 4-8 42.
CONCORD (50): Randy Johnson 2 0-0 5, Dylan Wynne 0 0-0 0, Jerrel Pointdexter 0 0-0 0, Adam Glanders 3 2-3 10, DuWhan Alford 1 0-3 3, Cain Crowley 0 0-0 0, Franko House 8 0-0 17, Brett Austin 0 0-0 0, Jacob Kronk 0 0-0 0, Ryan Tepe 0 0-0 0, Dakota Simon 0 0-0 0, Danny McMahon 0 0-0 0. Filip Serwatka 6 3-4 15; Totals 20 5-10 50.
3-pointers: Plymouth 4 (Knapp, Mercer, Kastner, Felke), Concord 5 (Glanders 2); Rebounds: Plymouth 17 (Mercer, Kastner 6), Concord 31 (House 10); Assists: Plymouth 10 (Knapp 2, Lee 2, Mercer 2, Kastner 2, McCrammer 2), Concord 10 (Johnson 8); Steals: Plymouth 5 (Lee 3), Concord 8 (Johnson 3); Turnovers: Plymouth 14, Concord 16; Fouls (fouled out): Plymouth 14 (Mercer), Concord 15.
Records: Plymouth 9-2 (1-2 NLC), Concord 9-1 (3-0 NLC)

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