Concordia boys pick up lone victory in WellNap Invitational
The Concordia High School boys basketball team competed in the Wellington-Napoleon Invitational this past week. The Orioles squads played on Monday, Jan. 14, Tuesday, Jan. 15, and Wednesday, Jan. 16. The boys picked up the lone CHS victory, in the opening round, before falling in their next two games.
In their first match of the Wellington-Napoleon Invitational, the Hardin-Central High School Bulldogs defense was no match for Concordia, who pulled away early and rode the wave to a 71-38 victory.
Six Orioles combined for 21 first quarter points, with senior Matthew Gatewood leading the way with eight points. Sophomore Brayden McGinnis also put in four points en route to the Orioles taking a 21-10 first quarter lead.
The Bulldogs would again be held to 10 points in the second quarter, but the Orioles went off for 27 second quarter points. Eight players would score for the Orioles, including four who didnít score in the first quarter, moving the amount of Orioles on the scoreboard to 10 (it would advance to 11 with a three-point field goal from junior Jaren Adams in the fourth quarter). Senior Cameron Kelly scored five points in the second, while sophomore Troy Brandt, senior Tad Deatherage, and senior Lane Mueller each scored four points of their own in the frame.
The Orioles let off the gas in the second half, scoring 13 points in the third quarter and 10 points in the fourth quarter. It was plenty to ensure their victory as the Orioles slid to the 71-38 victory.
Gatewood finished with a team-high 14 points, while Deatherage followed with nine points. Mueller and junior Peyton Moore each finished with eight points, while Kelly and junior Brayden McGinnis each finished with seven points. Sophomore Austin Droege put up five points, as well.
The Orioles advanced to 10-4 (1-0) with the victory.
The Bulldogs couldnít secure their first victory, falling to 0-14 with the loss.
In the third of four matchups between Concordia and the Wellington-Napoleon High School Tigers, the Tigers were able to advance with a slim 60-53 victory on their home court.
Two potent offenses were on full display in the first quarter, as the Tigers picked up the 20-15 advantage heading into the second quarter despite six points from senior Lane Mueller and a pair of two-point field goals from senior Tad Deatherage.
The Tigers would pull further away in the second quarter behind an 18-point performance by their offense, moving to a 38-27 halftime lead. Deatherage and fellow senior Matthew Gatewood scored multiple times in the quarter behind a pair of two-point field goals each.
Concordiaís defense clamped down in the third quarter, allowing just 12 points while scoring 16 of their own, bringing the deficit to 50-43. Deatherage and Gatewood each connected from inside and outside the arc once apiece while sophomore Troy Brandt got on the scoreboard with four points.
Again in the fourth quarter, the Orioles exceeded expectations in holding Well-Nap to just 10 points, but the Oís could only manage 10 of their own, sealing the deal in the 60-53 loss. Gatewood scored five points in the final quarter, while senior Cameron Kelly chipped in four points, as well.
Gatewood finished with 17 points, while Deatherage ended with 13 points. Kelly (nine points) and Mueller (seven points) also contributed to the comeback attempt.
After falling to Wellington-Napoleon in the semifinal round of the I-70 Conference Tournament (70-66 on Dec. 6) and escaping with a victory in the third-place matchup of the I-70/MRVCE Showdown (67-62 on Jan. 5), the Tigers took the grudge match. One more matchup awaits these two squads ó their I-70 Conference matchup on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
The Tigers advanced to 7-4 (1-0) with the victory.
The Orioles fell to 10-5 (1-0) with the loss. A matchup with St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School awaited them.
St. Michael 80
A close matchup got away from the Concordia Orioles when they took on the St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School Guardians in their final match of the Wellington-Napoleon Invitational, eventually falling 80-64.
Concordia held an 18-17 advantage after the first quarter as senior Cameron Kelly collected seven first-quarter points. Senior Matthew Gatewood also chipped in five points in the first quarter, while senior Tad Deatherage put in four of his own.
The Orioles had less success defensively in the second quarter, allowing 22 points while scoring 17 of their own, moving the halftime lead to 39-35 for the Guardians.
The final two quarters didnít stand up defensively, either, allowing 20 points in the third quarter and 21 in the fourth quarter. It would be too much for the Orioles to overcome, and they would eventually fall 80-64.
Gatewood and Kelly led all Orioles with 20 and 17 points, respectively. Senior Lane Mueller also collected 10 points for the Orioles.
St. Michael advanced to 8-6 with the victory.
Concordia fell to 10-6 (1-0) with the loss. They will rest until their Friday, Jan. 25 I-70 Conference matchup with rival Saint Paul Lutheran High School.