Magnus Swinger

Magnus Swinger, seen in this file photo, had a career-high 29 points to lead Concord to a victory over Northwest Cabarrus Friday night.

CONCORD – It was a career night for Magnus Swinger.

And in a close game, that meant great things for the Concord boys basketball team.

Swinger’s personal-best 29 points paced the Cream of Cabarrus No. 5 Spiders to a 66-60 victory over Northwest Cabarrus Friday night at Rimer Gymnasium.

The 6-foot-5 sophomore post player also corralled nine rebounds for Concord, which improved to 9-8 overall and 3-1 in the South Piedmont 3A Conference.

Northwest Cabarrus fell to 5-11 and 1-3, and was led by Chris Spears’ 14 points.

Swinger wreaked havoc in every quarter for the Spiders on his way to the first 20-point game of his career. He was his team’s main source of power in the opening period, scoring eight of Concord’s points to help the Spiders build a 16-13 advantage.

Spears played a pivotal role for Northwest Cabarrus in the second quarter, putting up eight points as the Trojans got reenergized and actually moved ahead, 34-28, going into halftime.

But in the third quarter, Swinger and senior teammate Nijel Robinson combined for 17 points to help the Spiders build a 53-46 lead going into the final stanza to help ensure the win.

Robinson finished with 15 points, and Johnakin Franklin added 14.

Jahbori Raines scored 13 and Jaylan Jackson 12 for Northwest Cabarrus.

SCORING SUMMARY

NW Cabarrus   13     21     12     14 – 60

Concord            16     12     25     13 – 66

NORTHWEST CABARRUS – Deese 9, McKoy 8, Jaylan Jackson 12, Jahbori Raines 13, Chris Spears 14, Lane 2, Mason 2

CONCORD – Mott 2, Magnus Swinger 29, Washington 2, Nijel Robinson 15, Johnakin Franklin 14, Toe 4

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