There was no dwelling on the past for the Concordia Panthers.
Coming off their first loss of the season at Wamego on Friday night, the Panthers overwhelmed Marysville in the first five minutes and cruised to a 63-26 North Central Kansas League victory Tuesday night in the Concordia Junior-Senior High School gymnasium.
Concordia scored 21 points in 4:47 to start the game, led by 32 points, 44-12 at halftime, and never let the Bulldogs get closer than 30 points over the final two quarters.
“After a loss you look to come back and have a great game in all aspects. We played great defensively, we rebounded well and knocked down shots,” Concordia coach Michael Roe said.
With their second win over Marysville, the Panthers improved to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in League play.
Marysville falls to 3-5 overall and 1-4 in the League.
The game was tied at 2-2 when a basket by Alan Garcia started a 12-0 Concordia run.
Cooper Holmes scored six straight points.
Gabe Bergmann and Joshua Pounds each came up with a steal and a layup to make it 14-2.
Bergmann, who was 6 of 10 from the field, had 13 points, five rebounds and seven steals in the game.
Tanner Wright scored on a drive for Marysville, but the Panthers answered with a short jumper by Grant Holmes, a basket by Garcia and a three-point shot by Kaleb Pounds to go up 21-4.
“We played lights out to start the game. Our kids were ready. They executed. They took advantage of what we had,” Roe said, “Part of that was they had great energy on both the offensive and defensive ends.”
Marysville scored six points in less than a minute, and trailed 21-10.
Three straight points by Cooper Holmes and a basket by Kaleb Pounds in the final seconds of the first quarter put Concordia on top 26-10.
Cooper Holmes led all scorers with 17 points. He hit six of seven field goal attempts and five of nine free throws.
A basket by Kaleb Koerperich 19 seconds in the second period got Marysville within 14 points.
The Bulldogs would not score again the first half.
Concordia tossed in 18 points in the final 6:33 of the half, and had a commanding 44-12 advantage.
A basket by Garrison Wright early in the third quarter got Marysville within 30 points, 44-14.
That is as close as the Bulldogs would get.
Bergmann scored six points during an 8-2 Concordia spurt that made it 52-16.
“I really thought they did a good job of still being aggressive,” Roe said.
Concordia led 55-21 heading into the final eight minutes.
Roe was able to empty his bench in the final quarter, and with a running clock, the Panthers scored eight points to five for the Bulldogs.
“It is always good seeing those guys get in there. It is something they don’t get to do often. It is rewarding for them, and it is kind of an audition for us coaches to see who can step in and play.”
Grant Holmes finished with 12 points, five rebounds and three assists for Concordia. He was four of seven from the field and four of five from the line.
The Panthers shot a sizzling 66 percent (25 of 38) from the floor and made 12 of 22 free throws for 55 percent.
Concordia had 11 assists and 16 steals in the game.
Koerperich led Marysville with six points.
The Panthers will play a League game at Chapman on Friday night.
Crome 1-0-0 2, Pieschl 1-0-2 3, T. Wright 2-0-1 5, Kort -2-3 2, Koerperich, 3-0-4 6, Griffee 1-0-2 2, Forst 0-0-1 0, Watts 0-2-4 2, G. Wright 2-0-3 4. Totals: 10-4-20 26.
K. Pounds 2-0-1 5, G. Garcia 1-0-0 2, A. Garcia 3-0-0 6, J. Pounds 2-2-3 6, Streeter 0-0-1 0, Bechard 1-0-0 2, G. Holmes 4-4-2 12, C. Holmes 6-5-1 17, Bergmann 6-1-1 13. Totals: 25-12-9 63.