Missed opportunites prove costly for Minutemen at Tuesday’s sectional

Posted on March 6, 2009 by

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Jose Alvarez- Staff Writer

It was a tale of two halves Tuesday night as the Concord Minutemen took on the Warsaw Tigers. The game started with Warsaw’s high-powered offense scoring at will. The Tigers took an 18-24 lead after the first quarter, and in the second quarter the red-hot Tigers started right where they left off. Nic Moore (10) caused havoc, constantly shredding the Minutemen defense, helping them head into halftime with a comfortable 30-42 lead.

Most teams in Concord’s position would simply fold under pressure and give up after going down by 12 points. However, in the second half, they came storming back with David Yoder (12) and Doug Acker (11) leading the way.

“In the first half we didn’t play really well, especially when it came to making easy baskets,” Coach Austin said, “then in the second half we came back and played a great half.”

The Minutemen came within one point to start off the second half during a furious 15-4 run. Unfortunately, turnovers and missed easy baskets doomed the Minutemen, making them unable to get over the hump and take the lead.

Those missed opportunities proved costly as the Tigers got right back on track, and by the end of third quarter the score was 53-60. To start the fourth quarter it seemed as if the game was all but finished when Warsaw took a 57-67 lead, but the Minutemen methodically chipped away at the Tigers’ advantage. By the two minute mark, the Minutemen had trimmed the lead to 71-67. The Concord faithful rose to their feet, putting momentum on their side. With the score 73-70, missed free throws by the Tigers gave the resilient Minutemen one last shot to tie the game. Unfortunately, the Minutemen were unable to convert the final shot and the game concluded 72-75 in favor of the Tigers.

Coach Austin spoke favorably of the way his team handled adversity.

“That was the number 10 team in the state, and I think that we played them pretty tough,” Austin said.

On the final play Austin commented, “We had three options: right away they took the first one, but we got one of the options, and the ball just didn’t go in.”

 

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