Panthers breeze to victory in EWC opener

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


KOLLIN NEILS, Plymouth guard, tries to drive past Kiel’s Nicholas Walsh during Tuesday night’s EWC basketball opener. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley KOLLIN NEILS, Plymouth guard, tries to drive past Kiel’s Nicholas Walsh during Tuesday night’s EWC basketball opener. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers took control of the game early and never let up as they chalked up an impressive 89-46 rout over Kiel here Tuesday night in both teams’ Eastern Wisconsin Conference boys basketball opener.

PHS was hot from the perimeter, scored several baskets in transition, dominated on the glass and used an aggressive, trapping, manto man defense which the Raiders struggled with. The reigning EWC champion Panthers, 2-1 overall, shot a season-high 58 percent from the field overall and buried a season-best 10 three-point goals (10-for-19, 53 percent).

Senior guard Kollin Neils spearheaded the Panthers’ attack with 19 points, including three treys. He hit a scorching 67 percent (6 of 9) from the floor. Senior forward Tom Jankowski chipped in with 17 points.

“I was proud of how our kids played. We were prepared, both mentally and physically, to perform at a high level,” said PHS head coach Jason Duff.

“We played hard and unselfishly. It wasn’t a perfect game but there was no consistent pattern of mistakes. We have room to improve and we will seek to do that Friday night at Sheboygan Falls.”

Senior guard Terren Driscoll hit a team-high 18 points for the Raiders.

The Panthers, who pretty much had their way inside on offense and on the boards, outrebounding Kiel by a whopping 37-12. Matt Olig led PHS rebounders with seven.

Neils and Eric Nygaard led PHS in assists with four each. Brady Grapentine was first in steals with three.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAMES

In the junior varsity contest, the Panthers bolted to an 18-2 firstquarter lead as they cruised to a 58-38 win. Layton Albright led PHS in scoring with 12 and Jack Sacket netted eight.

PHS lost its previous game, 59- 44, to visiting Menomonee Falls on Nov. 26. Gage Nischke tallied a team-high 18 points for PHS.

KIEL 46

PLYMOUTH 89

Score by Quarters

Kiel.........................15 5 16 10 46
Plymouth…............28 15 25 21 89

Kiel scoring: Terren Driscoll 18, Trenton Nickel 6, Carter Voelker 9, Jacob Winkel 8, Nicholas Walsh 2, Jack Meunier 3. Three-point goals: Driscoll 3, Voelker 1,

Plymouth scoring: Dominic Bocchini 3, Kollin Neils 19, Zac Cain 5, Nick Casper 9, Clay Henning 4, Brady Grapentine 4, Collin Denzin 8, Tom Jankowski 17, Drew Schweiger 4, Eric Majerus 4, Eric Nygaard 8, Carter Krzyzaniak 2, Matt Olig 2. Three-point goals: Bocchini 1, Neils 3, Casper 1, Denzin 2, Jankowski 1, Majerus 1, Nygaard 1.

Field goals: Kiel 16-46, 35%; Plymouth 30-52, 58%. Free throws: Kiel 10- 17, 59%; Plymouth 19-25, 76%.

Rebounds: Kiel 12, Plymouth 37. Turnovers: Kiel 16, Plymouth 8.


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