Concord crushed Quitman 72-34 on Tuesday night in Quitman, improving to 10-0 heading into Monday's Medallion Classic in Newport.

Concord crushed Quitman 72-34 on Tuesday night in Quitman, improving to 10-0 heading into Monday's Medallion Classic in Newport.

"We are going to take off until Sunday night when we will practice," said Concord Coach Keith Cornett. "We play Batesville in the Newport tournament Monday at 4 [p.m.] We've got a long, long week next week with two conference games and a really big one on Friday night against [South Side] Bee Branch. They are undefeated plus we are in the Medallion Tournament with Rivercrest, Manila, Batesville, Augusta, Newport … So next week is going to be a hard week but I feel okay.

"I've got seniors that know how to step up. Defensively I thought we played a lot better in the third quarter tonight. I was a little frustrated because we were making some silly mistakes on defense that we shouldn't be making at this point," added Cornett.

The Bulldogs hung around early, only trailing 17-14 after the first quarter as guard DJ McVay sank two three-pointers and forward Trevor Williams added two baskets, while forward Trey McGhee and power forward Larry Pool each contributed two points.

Tied at 11-all, Concord point guard Jacob Roark drilled a pair of three-pointers sandwiched around a driving basket by Williams as the Pirates took a 3-point lead to the second quarter.

Concord power forward Ethan Hebert opened the second with four straight points, including a bucket from right block off an assist from guard Luke Cornett, but Pool responded with a turnaround jumper in the lane.

Leading 23-16, the Pirates busted the game open with an 8-0 run ignited by Roark, who hit a double clutch shot in heavy traffic. After forward TJ Richardson and Roark each hit a pair of free throws, Cornett picked a steal and drove to the basket for an open floor layup.

Concord extended its lead to 32-19 on a slashing layup by Cornett, who drew a foul and converted from the line to complete the three-point play and the Pirates began to sail away thereafter as forward Trey Adams recorded a putback in transition and forward Hanse Bowman scored on a breakaway.

The Pirates, who led 39-24 at half, put the game out of reach by outscoring the Bulldogs 23-8 in the third quarter as Roark torched Quitman with 13 points in the period, while Cornett added seven.

Cornett eluded two defenders with a behind the back dribble and hit a pull up jumper in the opening seconds of the third quarter and Hebert followed with a basket off an inbound lob pass from Richardson.

Roark swiped a steal and scored then Richardson came away with a steal and hit Roark, who nailed a deep three-pointer from right wing, pushing the Pirates' lead to 48-26 early in the third period.

McGhee scored six points in a span of two minutes for Quitman, but Concord slammed the door by closing the third period with a 13-0 run, starting when Roark popped a three-pointer from right elbow extended.

Cornett added another three-pointer from right elbow then Roark powered over two defenders for a bucket, plus contact. After Roark completed the three-point play, Cornett sank a pull up jump shot from left side and Roark used a crossover to get free for an 18-foot jumper up top in the closing seconds of the period, pushing the Pirates' lead to 62-32 entering the final eight minutes of play.

Both teams played primarily reserves in the fourth quarter with the clock running continuously due to the mercy rule. Concord outscored Quitman 10-2 in the period behind five points from forward Audi Neighbors, while forwards Spencer Dawson and Riley Brock also contributed a basket for the Pirates.

Williams led Quitman (2-4) with 14 points, McGhee followed with eight and McVay had six. Roark poured in a game-high 26 points for Concord (10-0), Cornett added 11, Hebert registered 10 and Bowman chipped in eight.