Concord looks to poach panthers

Posted on February 4, 2010 by

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Jose Alvarez- Sports Editor

After starting off the season by winning their first nine out of ten games the Minutemen now find themselves stuck in midst of adversity. Despite, their impressive start to the season, Concord has interchanged wins and losses. The Minutemen will look to turn that trend around and return to their winning ways when they take on the Northwood Panthers. Since suffering their second loss of the season at the hands of Plymouth, Concord has been unable to string together more than two wins in a row. As a result, the Minutemen are currently in fourth place, with a 2-3 conference record, trailing third place Plymouth with a conference record of 4-1.However, the Minutemen are in position to make a late season run. Last Friday, Concord defeated Wawasee 81-71. The 81 points is the most the Minutemen have scored thus far, however the 71 points surrendered are also the most points the Minutemen have allowed an opponent to score. That does not seem so terrible considering that Wawasee was averaging a Northern Lakes Conference league leading 80 points per game. The Minutemen’s problem however, comes no where near the problems that their opponent the Northwood Panthers are facing. The panthers enter the game possessing a dismal 6-9 record, and even worst 1-4 conference record, and have only managed to pull out wins only once in their last four games. Concord enters the game averaging 62 points per game, second in the NLC, while allowing 53 points per game. Meanwhile Northwood is scoring 50 points per game and surrounding 52 points per game. Both teams enter the game coming off wins, Concord defeated Wawasee, while the panthers took care of the West Noble Chargers 58-46. Tomorrow’s game will also hold an extra incentive for the seniors on the team, reason being because it will be senior night. While all pre-game prognostics say that the Minutemen should easily come out on top, which is never really the case. The Minutemen were upset earlier in the season by a then 6-4 Plymouth team. Furthermore, Northwood will have the motivation of being able to spoil Concord’s senior night. The game will be tomorrow at 6:15 in McCuen gym.

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