Panthers thump Smoky Valley

LINDSBORG — It was a brother act for the Concordia Panthers.
Junior Grant Holmes and freshman Cooper Holmes combined for 44 points and 18 rebounds in leading Concordia to a 54-35 victory over Smoky Valley on Friday night.
Grant Holmes knocked down 11 of 17 field goal attempts and four of five free throws in scoring 27 points and had eight rebounds.
Cooper Holmes added 17 points and 10 boards. He was 6 of 11 from the floor and five of five from the line.
The other four Panthers were a combined 3 of 21 from the field.
“Everybody is capable of putting points on the board. It is nice having a team that when some kids aren’t scoring there are always other kids to pick up the slack,” Concordia coach Michael Roe said.
Concordia improved to 3-0 with the win its first road game of the season.
Smoky Valley fell to 1-2.
“It is always nice to go on the road and play well, and execute and came away with a win,’” Roe said.
Scoring the first four points, the Panthers would never trail in the game.
It was a 4-2 game when Grant Holmes hit from 18 feet, completed a three-point play and then connected on another jumper to put Concordia up 11-2.
A basket by Holden Hendricks left Smoky Valley trailing 11-4 heading into the second quarter.
The Vikings scored the first two points of the period.
A three-point play by Cooper Holmes, a three-point shot by Alan Garcia and a follow by Cooper Holmes upped Concordia’s lead to 19-6.
Alec Schneider hit a three, and Smoky Valley was down 19-9 with 2:30 remaining in the first half.
Five straight points by Grant Holmes and a steal and layup by Kaleb Pounds gave the Panthers a 26-9 cushion.
Andy Osner scored in the final second of the half, and Smoky Valley trailed 26-11.
“We executed defensively what we wanted to do. They hit a couple of shots and we gave up a couple of offensive rebounds to them. Throughout the game, I thought we did a nice job defensively,” Roe said.
A short baseline jumper by Grant Holmes a minute into the second half made it a 28-11 game.
The Panthers would go nearly five minutes without a field goal as the Vikings went on a 10-3 spurt to close the gap to 31-21 with 2:45 to play in the third period.
Concordia got a three-point play by Cooper Holmes and consecutive baskets by Grant Holmes to push the lead back to 17 points, 38-21.
“They came out in the third quarter and made a nice run. It really didn’t phase our kids. They were still aggressive. We got a couple of stops on the defensive end,” Roe said.
It was 40-25 in the final period when Cooper Holmes followed up a Panther miss and Grant Holmes scored on two straight possessions to make it 46-25.
The Panthers would lead by as many as 22 points, 49-27.
Concordia finished 20 of 49 from the field for 41 percent and 12 of 16 from the line for 75 percent.
Gabe Bergmann and Joshua Pounds had three assists each for the Panthers.
Hendricks led Smoky Valley with 10 points.
Concordia will open North Central Kansas League play at Marysville on Tuesday night.

CONCORDIA (54)
K. Pounds 1-0-0 2, Garcia 1-0-0 3, J. Pounds 0-1-3 1, G. Holmes 11-4-2 27, C. Holmes 6-5-0 17, Bergmann 1-2-1 4. Totals: 20-12-6 54.
SMOKY VALLEY (35)
Norberg 2-0-3 4, Osner 2-1-5 5, Walton 1-0-1 2, Hendricks 5-0-4 10, Hawk 3-0-0 6, Schneider 2-0-0 6, Gonzalez 1-0-0 2. Totals: 16-1-15 35.

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