Panthers complete sweep of Marysville, 50-35

MARYSVILLE — Cooper Holmes and Grant Holmes scored all but five points to lead the Concordia Panthers to a 50-35 North Central Kansas League victory over Marysville on Tuesday night.
Connecting on 11 of 14 field goal attempts and five of eight free throws, Cooper Holmes scored 27 points. The sophomore also had six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Grant Holmes, a senior, was five of nine from the floor and 8 of 10 from the line in scoring 18 points. He had six rebounds, three assists and six steals.
Concordia only had two other players score in the game.
Gilberth Garcia finished with four points and Jace Coppoc scored one.
"Those other guys contributed a lot to those points by moving without the ball, by making a nice pass and by being unselfish. We need to get all five guys to be involved in the points that are scored," Concordia coach Michael Roe said.
Concordia, now 6-2 overall and 4-1 in league play, completed the series sweep of Marysville.
The Panthers rolled to a 63-28 win over the Bulldogs in the first meeting, but had to overcome a slow start in the rematch.
"Marysville is a good ball club, and they did a lot of things to try to slow us down. We kind of fought through it and came out with a win," Roe said.
Concordia turned the ball over on five of its first seven possessions of the game, trailed much of the first quarter.
The Panthers were down 8-6 when Grant Holmes hit a short jumper and Garcia made two free throws to give them a 10-8 lead heading into the second quarter.
With the game tied at 12-12, Cooper Holmes scored four straight points to put Concordia up 16-12.
Brock Watts followed up a miss for Marysville to make it 16-14.
Two free throws each by Grant Holmes and Cooper Holmes pushed Concordia's lead to 20-14.
Consecutive baskets by Kaleb Koerperich and a bucket by Broderick Stohs pulled Marysville even at 20-20.
"We didn't play very clean early in the game. We were a little sloppy," Roe said, "That is something we have struggled with, not being patient and trying to force some things."
Cooper Holmes grabbed an offensive rebound and scored in the final seconds of the first half to give Concordia a 22-20 lead.
The Panthers started to pull away early in the third quarter, getting five straight points from Grant Holmes to go on top 27-20.
Marysville, now 2-5 overall and 2-3 in the NCKL, got a basket by Bridger Yaussi to make it 27-22.
The two teams traded baskets, and Concordia led 29-24.
Grant Holmes made two free throws, Cooper Holmes went three of five from the line and then scored inside, and Grant Holmes made another charity toss to extend Concordia's lead to 37-24.
Garrett Kort scored for Marysville, but Grant Holmes knocked down two more free throws to make it a 39-26 game going into the final period.
A basket by Kort again got the Bulldogs within 11 points, 39-28, early in the fourth quarter.
Grant Holmes hit from 12 feet, Coppoc made one of two free throws and Cooper Holmes scored inside to give Concordia a 44-28 cushion.
Marysville would not get closer than 15 points after that.
Concordia finished 17 of 29 from the field for 59 percent and 16 of 26 from the line for 62 percent.
Marysville was led by Kort with 12 points.
Concordia will host Chapman in a league game on Friday night.

CONCORDIA (50)
Coppoc 0-1-3 1, Garcia 1-2-2 4, Wetter 0-0-2 0, Bechard 0-0-1 0, G. Holmes 5-8-3 18, C. Holmes 11-5-2 27. Totals: 17-16-16 50.
MARYSVILLE (35)
Parmentier 1-0-0 2, Stohs 1-0-0 2, Wright 1-2-1 4, Yaussi 10-3 2, Kort 6-0-3 12, Koerperich 3-0-5 6, Forst 1-0-2 2, Watts 1-3-4 5, Nelson 0-0-2 0. Totals: 15-5-20 35.

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