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Concordia tops Carroll in overtime

Concordia Lutheran junior D.J. McCall shoots over Carroll junior Keller Gutierrez on Friday at Carroll. McCall scored 29 points to lead the Cadets to a 67-61 win in overtime. (Photo by INMedia Source)
Concordia Lutheran junior D.J. McCall shoots over Carroll junior Keller Gutierrez on Friday at Carroll. McCall scored 29 points to lead the Cadets to a 67-61 win in overtime. (Photo by INMedia Source)
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Saturday, December 01, 2012 01:36 am
It was just not Brian Gremaux's night on Friday against Carroll. The Concordia Lutheran senior was hounded and double-teamed every time he touched the ball inside, finishing with just five points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field.

But the thing with the Cadets is, they are more than just one player.

While the Chargers seemed to rely on sophomore sensation Chandler White with the game on the line late, Concordia had a multitude of players on the floor with the capability to step up.

On Friday, it was D.J. McCall, with the junior finishing with a game-high 29 points in a 67-61 overtime victory for the Cadets.

Next game, Gremaux could go for 25 to lead Concordia. Or Ryan Gross. Or Marq Rogers.

You get the idea.

“That is the real strength of our team,” Concordia coach Josh Eggold said. “On any night, our guys not only are unselfish enough to give each other (scoring) opportunities, but also they all have different skill sets.

“Some of our guys that are good in transition had a good game. Brian didn't have a great night … but he excels in the post.”

The Cadets (2-0) had three different players score in the first two-plus minutes of overtime to pull away from the Chargers. Each had a different way of scoring, with D.J. McCall taking it to the basket from Ryan Gross hitting a 3-pointer and Marq Rogers completing a three-point play.

White had a basket for Carroll in the first minute of overtime, but the next Chargers point did not come until Concordia had opened up a six-point lead with just 1:25 remaining.

White finished with 17 points to lead Carroll.

“We don't have all our eggs in one basket, so to speak,” Eggold said. “That is the strength of our team, our ability to be versatile and have different players step up in different situations.”

Meanwhile, Carroll had trouble finding someone other than White to step up and take the big shot. Coach Marty Beasley said in preseason that it would be a work in progress to identify some secondary scoring and get those players to be confident in taking shots. That concern was on display late in the game.

White appeared to be the only Chargers player willing to take the ball to the hoop or throw up a shot in the closing minutes.

Despite that, the stifling defense Carroll (0-2) utilized in the paint nearly secured the victory.

“(Carroll) swarms the post, they do a great job,” Eggold said. “It was so much that even when (Gremaux) jumped into the (pass), before his feet hit the ground there would be four Carroll shoes around him.”

With the big senior taken out of the equation, McCall stepped up big, attacking the basket all night. He shot 18 free throws, making 10.

“I have trust in all of our starters to have a big night when we need it,” McCall said. “I felt all game that my teammates set me up well and gave it to me when I could score in big situations.”

On Friday night, it was McCall's time to shine. When the next opponent brings a game plan to limit another Cadets scoring threat, it will someone else's turn.

“A few guys might not have had their night (Friday), but some other guys stepped up,” McCall said. “I think it is going to be like that game in and game out.”


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