FORT WAYNE – A senior-laden Concordia team kept the Cadets unbeaten by overcoming Carroll’s home upset bid Friday 67-61 in overtime.
Concordia outscored Carroll 17-11 in overtime, after winning the fourth quarter 15-11.
The Cadets (2-0) have seven seniors, while the Chargers (0-3) start two sophomores, a freshman and two seniors.
The composure was big for the Cadets, especially with a raucous crowd in the Chargers’ favor.
It was great for us to get tested like this tonight, Concordia coach Josh Eggold said. It is hard to simulate this kind of environment, but our kids did well in it and showed some poise at the end.
Junior D.J. McCall scored 29 points for the Cadets, including eight points in overtime.
We told each other that coming into overtime, it was a new game, McCall said.
We stepped up and got the job done offensively and defensively. We had to push harder in overtime.
Senior Thomas Starks had 11 points, with two big three-pointers in the fourth, while fellow seniors Brian Germaux scored 10 and Marq Rogers had nine points.
Sophomore Chandler White led the Chargers with 17 points, while freshman Kyle Mallers added 14 and senior Tony Orr had 11.
We are young, but we are learning to compete, Carroll coach Marty Beasley said. (The Cadets) are very good. They are senior-led, and they have a chance to do well.
Carroll led 46-44 late in the fourth when Rogers and Starks hit key three-pointers to get Concordia the lead 50-48.
Two free throws by Mallers tied the game at 50 to send it into overtime.
They play defense well, and you have to prepare well in practice, and we did a good job of that, McCall said of Carroll.
Concordia was up 17-6 after the first, but Carroll won the second 17-8 to trim the lead to 25-23 at halftime.
The Chargers got their first lead of the game on three-pointer by Adam Freiburger, 26-25, early in the third. Carroll led 39-35 entering the fourth quarter.
In the first few minutes of the game, we wanted to get things up-tempo, but credit to them they got the game where they wanted it, Eggold said. When you are in the 40s against Carroll, you are like crap, it happened again.’
They did a great job of coming back. Nobody gets their kids to play harder than coach Beasley.
Carroll is getting closer with its young roster, losing the opener 74-52 to South Bend Adams, then a 59-58 loss to Noblesville and now an overtime loss to Concordia, one of the favorites in the SAC.
We got a bad start and missed some shots and didn’t get back on defense very well at times, Beasley said. But we battled and got the lead.