It wasn’t pretty but Concord’s Pirates held off Pangburn for a 72-58 victory Monday night in a foul plagued game that kept the Pirates from finding a rhythm.

 

It wasn’t pretty but Concord’s Pirates held off Pangburn for a 72-58 victory Monday night in a foul plagued game that kept the Pirates from finding a rhythm.
Despite the win, Pirate Coach Keith Cornett wasn’t too pleased with the tight officiating. “Did you hear that, I think another whistle just blew, said Cornett jokingly after the game. We can play a lot better than that,” he added.
Concord jumped out to a 25-12 lead in the first quarter as Michael Vuckovic snagged a steal and finished before Tyler Hartsfield answered with a layup. Chase Thomas hit a free throw then a jumper from the right baseline before Pangburn’s Heath Clyatt responded with a driving layup.
Leading 5-4, Concord closed the first period on a 20-6 run as Thomas completed an old-fashioned 3-point play then Vuckovic came away with a steal and layup.
Colton Yarbrough notched a free throw for the Tigers but Concord stayed hot as Vuckovic dished to Thomas for a bucket and Ethan Sparks drove the lane and finished in traffic, plus the contact.
Sparks completed the 3-point play then Thomas snared a steal and hit Sparks for a layup. Derek Burnett scored from the left block as Concord’s lead grew to 19-5 before Josh Frederick got an easy layup after Pangburn beat the Pirates’ full court pressure.
Thomas fired back with a hanging bank but Frederick converted a 3-point play, leaving the Tigers with a 21-10 deficit.
Slade Stormont scored underneath before Frederick notched two from the line but Thomas closed the frantic first period with a difficult driving bank in traffic.
After the first quarter, the game turned into a foul shooting contest and the Pirates were forced to abandon their full court press. Following an intentional foul, Vuckovic made two free throws then nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Pirates took a 42-22 lead to intermission.
Pangburn clawed back in the game by outscoring Concord 23-15 in the third quarter as Kirk Clayton led the charge with 10 points in the period.
Leading 57-45 going into the fourth quarter, the Pirates allowed Pangburn to cut their lead to eight on a putback by Frederick but Thomas scored seven straight as Concord took a 67-52 lead on its way to a 72-58 victory.
Frederick led Pangburn with 15 points and Clayton added 12.
Thomas paced Concord with a game-high 29 points while Vuckovic had 23 and Burnett chipped in 11.