Panthers drill Chapman, 72-33

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Eight minutes of near perfect basketball propelled the Concordia Panthers to a 72-33 romp over the Chapman Irish Friday night in the Concordia Junior-Senior High School gymnasium.
Leading Chapman just 19-15 after one quarter of play, Concordia hit all 11 field goal attempts and 9 of 10 free throws in outscoring Chapman 32-3 in the second quarter on its way to a 51-18 halftime lead.
The Irish would get no closer than 29 points in the second half as the Panthers picked up a second straight win to improve to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in North Central Kansas League play.
“We got some turnovers that led to fastbreak points, and that kind of kick-started our offense,” Concordia coach Michael Roe said of the big second quarter, “Our defense picked up and we got on a roll.”
The Panthers did connect on a pair of three-point attempts during that second period, but did most of its damage in the paint, going nine for nine.
“That is something we have stressed, don’t settle for the three-pointer, work the ball inside because we are shooting the ball pretty well from two-point range,” Roe said.
Chapman came out firing from three-point range.
The Irish knocked down four triples in the first quarter.
Trailing 10-6, the Irish got a three-point play by Logan Lexow to get within a point, 10-9.
Cooper Holmes scored inside for Concordia, but three-point shots by Kade Sims and Gavin Canaday gave Chapman a 15-12 advantage.
“We gave them too much space. We knew they had some players who could knock down open three-point shots,” Roe said.
A basket by Cooper Holmes, a three-point play by Grant Holmes and a layup by Jace Coppoc put Concordia on top to stay, 19-15.
Cooper Holmes scored inside, and the Panthers led 21-15.
Sims hit his third three of the game to get Chapman within three points, 21-18, with 5:59 to second quarter.
The Irish would not score again in the quarter, the Panthers were off and running.
Concordia scored 10 points, six by Cooper Holmes, in 1:39 seconds to open up a 31-18 lead.
Cooper Holmes, a 6-4 sophomore, scored 12 of his 26 points in the second period. He connected on 12 of 14 field goal attempts and two of four free throws and also had four rebounds and four steals.
Grant Holmes, a 6-4 senior, tossed in eight straight points, and Concordia led 40-18.
Knocking down eight of nine shots from the floor and all nine of his free throws, Grant Holmes also scored 26 points. He pulled down eight rebounds.
“When you have two kids who can shoot the ball at as high a percentage as those two you really want to get them the ball and let them go,” Roe said.
With four different players contributing, the Panthers pumped in 11 points in the final 1:35 of the half to make it a 51-18 game.
“Our offense is fueled by turnovers and good outlet passes off our rebounds, and when we start to get that we start to get a lot more aggressive on offense,” Roe said.
Getting a three-point basket by Sims and a three-point play by Canaday, the Irish outscored the Panthers 6-2 in the first 1:04 of the second half to cut the deficit to 29 points, 53-24.
Consecutive baskets by Cooper Holmes and Grant Holmes put Concordia on top 58-24.
The Panthers led 64-30 heading into the final quarter.
With a running clock, the Panthers outscored the Irish 8-3 in the fourth period.
Coppoc made both of his field goal attempts and both free throws to score six points.
Gilberth Garcia handed out seven assists for the Panthers.
Pounds had five assists.
Concordia shot 59 percent (27 of 46) from the field and 16 of 20 free throws for 80 percent.
The Panthers finished with 19 assists on those 27 made field goals.
“We were moving the ball well,” Roe said.
Sims led Chapman with 14 points.
Lexow scored 13 for the Irish.
Concordia will play in the Salina Invitational Tournament this week.
The Panthers take on Smoky Valley in the opening round at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Salina Central High School.

CHAPMAN (33)
Winters 1-0-3 3, Sims 5-0-2 14, Z. Harris 0-0-2 0, Blixt 0-0-1 0, Sutter 0-0-2 0, Lexow 5-3-3 13, Canaday 1-0-3 3, B. Harris 0-0-1 0. Totals: 12-3-18 33.
CONCORDIA (72)
Coppoc 2-2-2 6, Pounds 10-3 2, Garcia 0-0-1 0, Streeter 0-0-1 0, Wetter 1-1-0 4, James 0-0-1 0, Bechard 1-2-1 4, G. Holmes 8-9-1 26, Nordell 2-0-2 4, C. Holmes 12-2-2 26. Totals: 27-16-14 72.

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