Snider survived a comeback scare Thursday afternoon, winning 67-62 after Concordia cut a 20-point deficit to 2.
The Panthers (7-1) seemed to have the game well in hand with the bench playing in the third quarter of the SAC Holiday Tournament quarterfinal, but the Cadets (6-2) scored eight unanswered, prompting Snider to send the starters back into the game. That didn't stop the bleeding, however, as Brayden Pearson hit two more unanswered shots to cut Snider's lead to 52-47.
Pearson scored 10 of his team-leading 20 points in the fourth quarter, seemingly trading scores with Snider's Dillon Duff and Michael Eley. The Cadets twice cut the lead to a few as 2 points, once on a bucket by Kamari Anderson-Drew and once on a shot by Adam Gottschalk, but Concordia couldn't get any closer.
Eley, who finished with 21 points, hit two key shots and two more free throws down the stretch, and Duff scored seven of his 19 points after subbing back into the game in the fourth quarter. Thomas Airyan scored 10 for the Panthers.
Anderson-Drew scored 13 for Concordia and Jadon Dance scored 11.
The Panthers now move on to the semifinal round, where they will play Northrop at 10 a.m. Friday.