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Trey'von Covington knew he was going to have a great night when he hit his first basket of the game.
The senior guard drained a three-pointer from the right side early in the first quarter to give Snider an early lead over Concordia. He'd lead all scorers with 15 points in the 66-40 win, the Panthers' fifth straight and eight of their last nine.
“That's a wonderful feeling,” Covington said when asked about seeing his first shot go in. “It means I'm going to have a good night. It doesn't matter to me what I score though, as long as the team wins.”
Concordia (4-8, 2-3 Summit) came into the game shorthanded as sophomore forward Paxton Bergdoll was inactive with a broken bone in his left hand. Head coach Josh Eggold said he's expected to miss at least two weeks.
Bergdoll's absence left a void down low that made for awkward matchups. Snider freshman Malik Williams, who's 6-feet-9-inches, was matched up against Concordia's Mitch Paradine, who's 6-feet-2-inches.
Williams was able to exploit the height advantage in the basket area, grabbing several offensive rebounds and scoring 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting.
Even in Bergdoll's absence, Snider (10-4, 3-2 Summit) didn't move away from what it wanted to do offensively.
“We ran our same offense and our same schemes,” Snider head coach John Todor said. “Concordia gave us a great game for three quarters of the game.”
The Panthers' defensive focus was limiting senior guard D.J. McCall. Two defenders surrounded him nearly every time he touched the ball and was limited to five points on 3-for-7 shooting.
Concordia took a lead early after a pair of triples from guards Andrew Brown and Reggie Tharp. But the duo of Devlyn Williams and Covington took back the lead that Snider never surrendered again.
The lead grew to as many as 29 points late in the fourth quarter as Concordia's shooting couldn't keep the game. The Cadets shot 22 percent from the field in the loss. Snider shot 60 percent in the game.
“We have to shoot the ball from three to be competitive,” Eggold said. “Tonight we were really bad. Once you get down you try to get back in it in big ways and it wasn't happening.”
Tharp led Concordia with 12 points, including a pair of threes on 5-for-14 shooting. Paradine added 10 points and also with two from long range.
Devlyn Williams scored 14 points for the Panthers with 10 coming in the first half.
“We played better and we played more physical tonight,” Covington said. “That's how we play, we just come out and execute.”
Snider hasn't lost since last month's Holiday Tournament, a 54-51 loss to Summit leader North Side.
Todor has seen his team executing on both sides of the court as well as playing to the advantages during the team's winning streak.
“They're buying in to what we want them do to,” Todor said. “We're coaching, they're listening and they're responding to us.”
SNIDER 66, CONCORDIA 40
Concordia 8 13 9 10—40
Snider 13 20 17 16—66
Concordia: Tharp 12, McCall 7, Brewer 0, Edwards 0, Kindig 0, Brown 6, Paradine 10, Weikart 5.
Snider: Covington 15, Bates 2, Halstead 7, L. Wiilliams 4, Lowe 6, Haxton 2, Godfrey 4, D. Williams 14, M. Williams 10, Hicks-Gentry 2.