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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Pirates fight off ICC behind Roark

  • Tied at halftime, Concord senior point guard Jacob Roark took over in the second half, scoring 26 of his game-high 37 points as the Pirates sailed down the stretch, defeating Izard County Consolidated 70-52 on Friday night in Concord.
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  • Tied at halftime, Concord senior point guard Jacob Roark took over in the second half, scoring 26 of his game-high 37 points as the Pirates sailed down the stretch, defeating Izard County Consolidated 70-52 on Friday night in Concord.
    The Cougars, who outscored Concord 17-10 in the second quarter to forge a 27-27 tie at halftime, took a brief lead early in the third quarter when guard Andrew Walker knocked down a three-pointer.
    Izard County took its last lead midway though the third quarter on Walker's fourth three-pointer, but the Pirates began to clamp down thereafter, taking a 37-36 lead on a strong drive by Roark, who scored 18 points in the third quarter alone.
    Roark sank three of his four three-pointers at the buzzer.
    "We finally broke down and played some defense in the second half," said Concord Coach Keith Cornett. "We were really sloppy tonight. No. 14 [Walker] for their team came out and played really well but we helped him play really well. In the second half, especially in the fourth quarter we broke down and played some defense."
    Roark closed the third quarter with five straight, including a spinning layup in which he split two defenders, followed by a deep three-pointer up top at the buzzer, increasing the Pirates' lead to 51-43 entering the final eight minutes of play.
    Concord has become accustomed to Roark's consistent scoring over the past three years, but Cornett would like to see a more balanced attack.
    "We are accustomed to it but the problem is we've got to get some of these other guys going. We know what he can do. I know he can take any game over. Any Class A school he can take them over and bigger schools too but coming in here we had five in double figures against Kipp [Delta] and that's what we've got to get to," added Cornett.
    Roark poured in eight points in the first quarter while guard Colton Billington added five points, including a three-pointer from left corner that extended the Pirates' lead to 14-4.
    After Izard County responded with a 6-0 spurt, Roark nailed a three-pointer from right wing in transition at the buzzer, pushing Concord's lead to 17-10 after one quarter of play.
    Midway through the second quarter, the Cougars closed within one on a three-pointer by Walker, who moments later scored on an acrobatic drive, then forward Julio Martinez added a bucket deep in the paint off an assist from Walker.
    Suddenly trailing 24-21, Concord forward Ethan Hebert stopped the Cougars' 8-0 run with a free throw, but Walker fired back with a three-pointer from right elbow.
    With one minute remaining in the first half, the Pirates came up with a defensive stop, which led to forward Hanse Bowman's bucket from left block off an assist from Hebert. In the closing seconds, Roark shook his defender with a crossover dribble and popped a three-pointer from right wing as the horn sounded, knotting the score at 27-all at halftime.
    Page 2 of 2 - Concord took a 39-36 lead midway through the third quarter on consecutive baskets by Roark and Hebert, who notched a putback, but Walker dropped an amazing scoop shot while drawing contact.
    Walker completed the three-point play, tying the score at 39-39, but Roark drew a foul on a three-point attempt and canned all three foul shots.
    After Martinez and Roark traded a free throw, Concord pushed its lead to 46-40 when Roark swiped a steal and drilled a three-pointer out front.
    Walker kept ICC within striking distance by responding with an off-balance shot, plus a foul and he completed the three-point play as the Cougars pulled within three before Roark's five point barrage extended Concord's lead to 51-43 entering the final eight minutes of play.
    Concord shut down Walker in the fourth quarter while outscoring the Cougars 19-9, starting when forward TJ Richardson found Bowman cutting backside for a layup, which sparked a 13-0 run.
    Roark followed with four straight on a pull up jumper from left baseline and pull up jumper from left elbow in transition. Richardson added a three-pointer from right corner off an assist from guard Luke Cornett, then Roark hit two foul shots and forward Trey Adams scored inside off an assist from Roark as the Pirates pulled away, taking a 64-45 lead with just over four minutes remaining.
    Walker led ICC (2-6) with 24 points, Martinez followed with 10 and guard Clay Jones chipped in six.
    After Roark's game-high 37 points, Bowman had 11 and Hebert finished with nine for the Pirates, who improved to 7-0 overall.

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