The Cadets fell short in a bid for their first-ever state championship, falling to Greensburg in overtime, 73-70. Here are five reasons why:
1. Bryant McIntosh
The junior went off in the second half and overtime for the Pirates, scoring 19 of his 25 points after halftime. He seemingly used the same move to get to the hoop, but the Cadets never had an answer, particularly after Brian Gremaux fouled out.
2. Foul trouble
D.J. McCall and Gremaux had to battle foul trouble all night, and while they played well they also had to play hesitant, which hurt the Cadets. Brandon Webb did a serviceable job offensively in the paint for Concordia when Gremaux was out, but Greensburg attacked him incessantly inside.
3. Ball protection
Greensburg turned the ball over four times within the first four minutes of the game, but only five times after that. While the Pirates did have a few huge turnovers in the final seconds of overtime, the third and fourth quarters saw Greensburg take good care of the ball, leading to the Pirates erasing a 12-point deficit.
4. 3-point shooting
Concordia is at its best when it is hitting three-point shots, and while the Cadets hit three of them on the night, they were never able to get going from the perimeter. Sharpshooter Austin Harris had just two attempts on the night, hitting one. His attempts to get open for a tying three-pointer late in overtime was stymied by Greensburg paying special attention to him and not allowing him to get open.
5. Free throws
Concordia just allowed Greensburg to get to the line way too much, with the Pirates converting 19-of-25 on the night. The Cadets were helped to a 10-point halftime lead by allowing just four free throws from Greensburg.