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Concordia Boys Basketball Outgunned by Abilene in Road League Loss, 61-32

2023-2024 Concordia High School Panthers
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The Abilene Cowboys Boys Basketball team relied on its pressure defense all night, as well as the scoring ability of 6'1" Senior Guard Brax Fisher, who scored 17 points in less than three quarters of action, in leading Abilene to a 61-32 win over Concordia in North Central Kansas League play on Tuesday, February 6th.  Two other players scored in double-figures for Abilene, which shot 54.7 percent from the floor including 8-of-19 from behind the arc, as its balanced offensive attack was too much for the Panthers.

Concordia was flat from the start, falling behind by 10 points five minutes into the ballgame.  Six Cowboys scored in the first quarter and Abilene shot 71.4 percent from the field in the opening eight minutes to lead 25-6 headed to the second frame.

Abilene connected on six made three-pointers in the first-half and turned 15 turnovers committed by Concordia into 21 points in the opening half.  Abilene held a 41-12 advantage at the intermission.

The Cowboys led by as much as 37 in the third quarter and held a 56-21 lead entering the fourth quarter, forcing a running clock over the final eight minutes of play.

Concordia's 32 total points marked a new season-low and it was the third time in the last four games the Panthers have been held below 40 points.  Concordia ended the night 14-of-33 (42.4 percent) overall and just 1-of-6 (16.7 percent) from behind the arc.  The team's three starting guards combined to score only 9 points, while the team collected 11 points off the bench, including 5 points from Freshman Boone Richard.

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Senior Center Jonathan Turner led the team with 8 points off 4-of-5 shooting and 8 rebounds.  Turner was named our Nex-Tech Wireless MVP of the Game.

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Senior Point Guard Joey Henderson posted 7 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

Sophomore Forward Chane Parker had 4 points and 2 rebounds.

Junior Karson Lister came off the bench to score 2 points.  Lister, who played considerable minutes in the second and fourth quarters, took a late game charge and was named the recipient of our H&R Block of the Game.

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With the loss, the Panthers have fallen to 7-7 on the year and 3-2 in North Central Kansas League action.  The Panthers will host the Chapman Irish on Friday, February 9th.  It will be the first of two meetings in a ten day span between the league rivals.  Chapman is 7-8 overall following a 65-52 home loss to Wamego on Tuesday.  Tip-off to Friday's game is scheduled for 7:30 pm.  Live coverage of the game can be heard on 1390 KNCK, 98.3 FM and NCKToday.com.