MARYSVILLE — Just four games into the season and the Concordia Panthers have already displayed they can win in a variety of ways.
Opening North Central Kansas League play on the road, the Panthers opted for the balanced approach.
Concordia had six players score eight points or more, including four in double figures, in a 60-45 win over Marysville on Tuesday night.
Grant Holmes led the balanced Panther attack with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Alan Garcia scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds.
Cooper Holmes and Kaleb Pounds chipped in 10 points each.
Gabe Bergmann finished with nine points and 13 rebounds, and Joshua Pounds added eight points.
“Every game someone is capable of stepping up and carrying the load,” Concordia coach Michael Roe said, “On a night where we struggled shooting, we found a variety of ways to score. That is one thing this team does do well.”
Concordia improves to 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in League play.
It was the first loss in four games for a Marysville team that was ranked seventh in Class 3A going in, and is now 1-1 in the NCKL.
“It is always good to get road wins in the League. Marysville is a solid team,” Roe said.
Grant Holmes scored four points as Concordia got out to a 6-0 lead in the game.
Marysville battled back to go up 9-8 when Garrett Kort scored with 2:20 to play in the first quarter.
Kort led the Bulldogs with 17 points.
A three-point shot by Kaleb Pounds and a basket by Joshua Pounds as time ran out in the period put Concordia up 13-9.
Kort made one of two free throws early in the second period, and it was a 13-10 game.
Concordia scored the next nine points to open up a 22-10 advantage.
The Panthers would go the final 5:14 of the first half without a field goal, but still led 26-15 at halftime.
Marysville hit just 4 of 19 field goal attempts in the first half, but heated up in the second.
Five points by Tanner Wright and a three-point shot by Brock Watts helped the Bulldogs get within five points, 28-23, in the third period.
“We seemed to lose some intensity, and they knocked down some shots in the second half,” Roe said.
Baskets by Cooper Holmes and Bergmann pushed Concordia’s lead to 32-23.
Kort scored off an offensive for Marysville, but Bergmann followed up a Panther miss, and it was 34-25.
Kaleb Pounds drained a three, and Concordia led 37-25.
“Each time they made a little run we seemed to be able to come down and find a way to score,” Roe said.
Wright answered with a three to make it 37-28.
Baskets by Cooper Holmes and Bergmann gave the Panthers a 41-28 cushion.
Concordia led 43-32 heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Marysville got as close as eight points in the final quarter, and was down 48-40 when Kort made two free throws.
Three straight points by Garcia and a free throw by Grant Holmes upped the Panther lead to 52-40 with 2:20 to play.
The Bulldogs got no closer than nine points after that.
Concordia hit just 20 of 52 field goal attempts for 38 percent and made 18 of 27 free throws for 67 percent.
Concordia will play a second straight ranked team when it hosts Abilene, number three in Class 4A, in a League game on Friday night.
K. Pounds 3-2-3 10, Garcia 4-3-0 11, J. Pounds 2-4-4 8, G. Holmes 3-6-4 12, C. Holmes 4-2-3 10, Bergmann 4-1-3 9. Totals: 20-18-17 60.
Crome 2-0-4 5, T. Wright 3-0-5 8, Kort 6-4-0 17, Koerperich 0-0-4 0, Griffee 2-0-3 4, Watts 2-2-4 7, G. Wright 2-0-4 4. Totals: 17-6-23 45.