In a clash of perennial Class 1A powers, Concord point guard Jacob Roark proved once again why he is one of the state's top players.
The junior, who routinely baffles opponents with an array of drives and long range bombs, pumped in a game-high 33 points on Saturday, leading the Pirates past Bay 58-43 in the Joe V. Jones Classic at Buffalo Island Central in Monette.
Tied at halftime, Concord (3-0) took the lead in the third quarter on a stick back from Roark, who followed his own miss. In the final minute, Concord held for the final shot and it paid off as Luke Cornett buried a three-pointer from the corner for a 42-37 lead entering the final eight minutes of play.
Concord shot 60 percent from the floor (18-of-30) while clamping down on defense, holding the Yellowjackets to 37.7 percent (17-of-45.) The Pirates played stifling defense in the fourth quarter, holding Bay to 2-of-12 from the floor.
Meanwhile, Concord drained 14-of-18 free throws to put the game away. Roark sank six consecutive free throws to start the quarter as the Pirates began to pull away and swingman Ryan Cornelison, who finished with 10 points, added two more from the line for a 50-39 lead with 4:22 remaining.
After opening its season with a win over White County Central, Concord beat Mount Vernon-Enola 70-53 last Friday on the road. Cornelison paced the Pirates with 25 points, forward Hance Bowman followed with 15 and post player Ethan Hebert added 10.
Following Tuesday's game at Calico Rock, the Pirates travel to Pangburn on Tuesday, Oct. 30.