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Concordia Boys Defeated in Overtime by Rose Hill, 52-46

53rd Annual Adolph Rupp Invitational Tournament at Halstead High School
53rd Annual Adolph Rupp Invitational Tournament at Halstead High School

In their first year in the 53rd Annual Adolph Rupp Invitational Basketball Tournament, the Concordia High School Boys Basketball team picked up a fourth place finish after falling to the Rose Hill Rockets, 52-46 in overtime, on Saturday, January 21st.

It was the first overtime game for Concordia since dropping a four overtime thriller to Wamego on February 19, 2021, 84-78.

The Panthers started the first quarter on fire, jumping out to a 14-5 lead over Rose Hill following the third made three of the opening period by Sophomore Guard Peyton Retter.  The Rockets were able to cut the Panthers lead to 14-7 at the start of the second period.

A jumper by Senior Wing Aceyn Cash put Concordia ahead by nine points at 19-10 with 6 minutes remaining in the first half.  Rose Hill continued to chip away at the Panthers lead, pulling to within three at 27-24 at the intermission.

The Rockets took its first lead of the ballgame at 28-27 early in the third frame on a basket by Junior Forward Jace Evans.  The Panthers, meanwhile, struggled to score in the third quarter.  Concordia was held to one field goal, a lay-in by Junior Guard Joey Henderson, for the first 6 minutes and 27 seconds of the third period.  Rose Hill outscored Concordia 12-5 in the quarter to take a 36-32 lead into the fourth.

The game went back-and-forth in the final quarter of play, with four lead changes and two ties.  A three-pointer by Junior Payton Breese, one of two made threes in the fourth period for the guard, gave Concordia a 46-44 advantage with 2:07 left in regulation.  That would be the final points scored in the game by the Panthers.

Rose Hill Senior Kellan Simoneau connected on two free-throws with 1:10 to play to tie the game at 46.

Both teams missed on the front end of one-and-one opportunities at the free-throw line in the final 40 seconds.  Concordia was not able to get a shot off with 1.2 seconds on the clock and the game went into overtime.

The Panthers failed to score in the overtime period, going 0-of-3 from the field, as the Rockets took the 52-46 victory.

Concordia was led in the loss by Cash who had 12 points.  Cash averaged 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists per game in the tournament and was selected to the All-Tournament Team.

Retter also finished the game with 12 points.  Senior Alan Garcia fouled out after scoring 8 points.

Breese and Henderson were named to the tournament's All-Academic Team.

Now the Panthers will look to regroup over a nine-day layoff before returning to action on January 31st with a home game against Clifton-Clyde.