By Mike Moore
Concord — As a heavy favorite, Matt Lehman and his Concord High boys basketball team entered Tuesday night’s tilt with Springport focused on a number of specific goals.
Scoring 70 points.
Keeping the Spartans under 36.
Allowing less than nine points per quarter.
Well, the Yellowjackets did just about everything they wanted to in a 68-26 victory that, in all honesty, could have been a lot worse.
“We’re trying to get into some solid habits right now,” Lehman said afterwards. “You never want to embarrass anyone, but as a team, we have to keep the pressure on. You can’t let up at all.”
The Jackets didn’t.
Concord got off to a 6-0 start, led 16-6 by the end of the first quarter. and built a 30-13
The lead was 30-13 by halftime, and after Rondez Rogers hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter, Concord led 48-19 after three.
“We did a lot of good things tonight,” Lehman said.
Rogers connected on five 3-pointers in on his way to a team-high 16 points.
Zion Williams added 15 points, four steals and three assists, while Montez Brewer added 12 points, eight rebounds and five steals.
Malik McCorkle added seven points and five assists
The win pushed Concord to 12-4 overall and 10-0 in the Big Eight.
The Yellowjackets have now won 11 games in a row.
“We’re still looking to put 32 minutes together,” Lehman said. “We want to find that consistency.”
Concord will have to, considering the team’s schedule to close out the year, beginning with a showdown Friday night against Quincy (12-4, 9-1).
There’s also the district round looming, with an opener against Napoleon (13-3), a likely second round meeting with Michigan Center (15-0) and Hanover-Horton likely looming in the finals.
“Like I said, it comes down to getting better every day,” Lehman stressed. “Our focus is on playing better, longer, each time out.”
Mike Moore is a play-by-play commentator and Sports Writer for JTV Sports.
He’s also a Real Estate agent with Real Estate One, specializing with buyers and sellers throughout Michigan, from the Jackson area to metro Detroit. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (313) 770-6365 with any inquiries.