FORT WAYNE – There is a board inside the Snider locker room with a checklist of focus points that includes items such as outrebounding opponents, holding teams to less than 52 points and limiting shooting percentages to 42 percent or less.
The Panthers checked off all three goals in Friday’s 66-40 home win over Concordia.
And checked off another accomplishment – not letting D.J. McCall beat them.
Snider held McCall to seven points, 10 under his average, and dominated nearly every part of the game en route to its fifth straight victory. The Panthers (10-4, 3-2 SAC) have won eight of their last nine games.
I couldn’t be more proud of our team, Snider coach John Todor said. Concordia is a great team. Offensively, defensively, we did exactly what our guys coached; they did exactly what we told them to do.
Snider held Concordia (4-8, 2-3) to 16-of-49 shooting (33 percent) and 6 of 29 on 3-pointers (21 percent). The Panthers also outrebounded the Cadets 33-15.
McCall, an IUPUI recruit, took only seven of the Cadets’ 49 shots as the Panthers double and triple teamed him.
We were so focused on D.J., and our guys were all attentive to where he was at all times on the floor, Todor said. Every time he got a touch we had two guys surrounding him and sometimes three. He’s a great player, one of the best in the state, and he should be an Indiana All-Star.
McCall’s first points did not come until 1:28 remained in the first half, by which time Snider had built a 12-point lead.
He’s a great player, Snider senior Stephen Halstead said of McCall. We all knew that if we were going to leave him one-on-one the game could have gone either way. We had to help down on him. Luckily, the 3-point shooters didn’t shoot very well, but they usually do. We took a chance, and we got lucky with it.
The Panthers erased a first-quarter deficit by scoring the final eight points to take a 13-8 lead.
Snider held the Cadets scoreless for a four-minute stretch in the second quarter to build a double-digit lead, which it maintained the rest of the night.
Trey’von Covington led the Panthers with 15 points, including 11 in the first half. Devlyn Williams added 10 points in the first-half surge and finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Williams’ younger brother, freshman Malik Williams, added 10 points.
Sophomore Reggie Tharp led Concordia with 12 points, and Mitch Paradine added 10.