Leading by 11 points at the break, New Haven looked poised to roll to the 3A New Haven sectional championship game with a win over Concordia.
But the Cadets didn’t want to go away easily on Friday night.
Concordia scored 23 points in the third quarter to cut the lead to single digits. The momentum continued into the fourth quarter where the Cadets cut the Bulldogs lead to three points.
But New Haven, led by 21 points from senior guard Jordan Hogue, wasnn’t going to be denied a spot in the title game. Hogue had a steal that led to a fastbreak three-point play in the third quarter and another basket in the fourth to push New Haven back to a nine-point lead.
The hosts used its defense the rest of the way, as it stopped Concordia to just eight points in the final quarter to win 65-49.
Four players reached double figures for New Haven, who move onto to play Bishop Dwenger in tonight’s sectional championship game. Senior Lowell Griggs scored 16 points, senior Steve McElevene added 15 and senior Jailan Wattley scored 10 along with Hogue’s 21 to lead the Bulldogs.
Concordia was led by senior D.J. McCall’s 15 points in his final game with the Cadets. Andrew Brown added 13 and Reggie Tharp scored 8.