Panthers knock off unbeaten Phillipsburg

PHILLIPSBURG — Just when it appeared things were beginning to come unraveled, Concordia was able to pull it together and pull away to a 63-50 win over unbeaten Phillipsburg Tuesday night.
Concordia was leading Phillipsburg just 22-20 less than two minutes into the third quarter when starting guard Joshua Pounds picked up his fourth foul.
Pounds was also whistled for a technical foul, and had to sit the remainder of the game.
Concordia, which uses just a six-man rotation, also had starters Gabe Bergmann and Alan Garcia each pick up a third foul in the third period.
Phillipsburg would tie the game at 22-22 on a  basket by Grant Wickham with 6:00 to play in the quarter.
Four straight points by Cooper Holmes put Concordia up 26-22.
Concordia (13-5) would not surrender the lead after that.
Phillipsburg (16-1) got back within two points, 39-37, early in the fourth quarter.
Concordia then went on a 10-1 run to open up a 49-38 advantage, and was not threatened after that.
“We got over it and played well,” Concordia coach Michael Roe said, “We didn’t allow those events to affect how we played.”
The events were part of a wild third quarter.
Concordia led the game 25-15 at halftime.
The two teams combined for 37 points in the third period.
After Phillipsburg tied the game, Concordia pushed the lead to eight points, 34-26.
Dylan Means knocked down a three for Phillipsburg, but Holmes answered with a three, and it was 37-29.
Holmes was 10 of 12 from the field and five of six from the free throw line in scoring a game high 26 points. The freshman also had 11 rebounds.
Four straight points by Sean Newlan got Phillipsburg within four points, 37-33.
Grant Holmes made a layup for Concordia, and Wickham hit two free throws for Phillipsburg, and it was a 39-35 game heading into the final eight minutes.
Newlan scored the first two points of the fourth quarter on a follow, and Phillipsburg was down just 39-37.
Consecutive baskets by Cooper Holmes and Kaleb Pounds extended Concordia’s lead to 43-37.
Newlan made one of two free throws for Phillipsburg.
In less than a minute, Concordia got two free throws by Grant Holmes, a short baseline jumper by Garcia and two free throws by Kaleb Pounds to go up 49-38.
“All five contributed,” Roe said of the fourth-quarter spurt, “Alan (Garcia) hit some big shots. Kaleb (Pounds) hit some big shots.”
Phillipsburg would get no closer than nine points over the final 5:40 of the game.
Concordia led by as many as 19 points, 63-44.
Grant Holmes scored 15 points for Concordia.
Kaleb Pounds came off the bench and scored 10 points. He also had three assists and three steals.
Bergmann pulled down 11 rebounds to go with six points.
Concordia knocked down 24 of 42 field goal attempts for 57 percent and 14 of 21 free throws for 67 percent.
Wickham led Phillipsburg with 14 points, and Newlan added 13 points.
Phillipsburg scored the first four points of the game, but Concordia responded with a 10-2 run to go up 10-6.
A three by Seth Derr and a steal and layup by Tanner Crist gave Phillipsburg the lead back at 11-10.
Concordia committed 10 turnovers in the first half.
Cooper Holmes made a layup, and Kaleb Pounds got a steal and hit a jumper with time running out in the first quarter to put Concordia on top to stay, 14-11.
Wickham scored two minutes into the second period, and Phillipsburg trailed just 14-13.
Phillipsburg would not score again until a basket by Means in the final five seconds of the half.
Concordia scored eight straight points, and led 22-15 at halftime.
“We did a nice job of holding them to 15 points in the half since they are averaging 65 points per game,” Roe said.
Phillipsburg scored the first seven points of the second half to tie the game, but Concordia was able to regroup and get the win.
Concordia hosts Wamego in a North Central Kanas League game on Friday night.
A win would pull Concordia into a three-way tie for first place in the League with Wamego and Abilene.

CONCORDIA (63)
K. Pounds 4-2-1 10, Garcia 2-0-3 4, J. Pounds 1-0-5 2, G. Holmes 4-7-3 15, C. Holmes 10-5-2 26, Bergmann 3-0-3 6. Totals: 24-14-17 63.
PHILLIPSBURG (50)
Sam Sage 1-1-1 3, Newlan 5-3-4 13, Ellis 1-0-2 3, Derr 3-0-2 7, Thompson 0-0-2 0, Stephen Sage 1-0-0 3, Means 2-0-3 5, Juenemann 0-0-1 0, Crist 1-0-1 2, Wickham 6-2-2 14, Chestnut 0-0-1 0. Totals: 20-6-19 50.

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