Hot-shooting Panthers steamroll Falcons in EWC tilt

by Steve Ottman Review Correspondent


TOM JANKOWSKI of Plymouth tries to penetrate the Sheboygan Falls defense during Friday night’s EWC basketball game. — Review photo by Steve Ottman TOM JANKOWSKI of Plymouth tries to penetrate the Sheboygan Falls defense during Friday night’s EWC basketball game. — Review photo by Steve Ottman SHEBOYGAN FALLS – The Plymouth Panthers’ offense got rolling in the second half and was unstoppable as Panther senior guard Kollin Neils finished the game with a season-high 29 points, including a career-high eight three-pointers, to lead PHS to a 78-38 pounding of Sheboygan Falls here Friday night.

Neils drained a three-pointer to end the first half to give the Panthers a 31-22 lead that provided the momentum for a second-half blowout as the Falcons were defenseless to try to stop the Panthers onslaught of threes. PHS hit a season-high 15 threes.

Plymouth improved to 2-0 in Eastern Wisconsin Conference boys basketball play (3-1 overall). Falls dropped to 1-1 in the EWC (4-1 overall).

“Our team plays to its speed,” said Panther head coach Jason Duff. “It had an accumulative effect tonight. We play fast and keep the defensive pressure on.”


KOLLIN NEILS of Plymouth drives to the basket against Sheboygan Falls’ Matt Wilke in Friday night’s EWC basketball game. — Review photo by Steve Ottman KOLLIN NEILS of Plymouth drives to the basket against Sheboygan Falls’ Matt Wilke in Friday night’s EWC basketball game. — Review photo by Steve Ottman The hot-shooting Panthers’ aerial display circled the Falcons and continued to put in threes as senior Eric Nygaard started the third quarter with a trey and another basket. Senior Collin Denzin followed with another triple and pushed the lead to 39-22.

Falcon senior Brady Mauer made a layup and sophomore Austin Madden made a big three to cut the lead to 39-27.

Neils drilled three more trifectas and was perfect on a threepoint play as the Panthers pulled away 54-31.

“Neils took it to another level tonight on offense and defense,” Duff remarked. “His leadership has an effect on the whole team and they feed on it.”

Duff also credited senior Tom Jankowski who held the Falcons’ scoring leader this season, Matt Wilke, to seven points. Wilke averaged 26 points per game coming into the contest.

Falls had no answer to the bludgeoning of baskets in the fourth quarter either as Plymouth opened the quarter on a 12-0 run and began to empty their bench.

Plymouth scored the first six points to start the game with baskets from senior Clay Henning, Nygaard and Neils.

Falcons senior Jordan Jackson and Mauer connected on jumpers to cut the lead to 6-4.

Falls went on a 7-2 run to end the first quarter with a layup from Mauer, a Wilke jumper and a three-pointer from Jacob Brading to take a 16-14 lead.

The Falcons’ offense went cold to start the second quarter as the Panthers regained their poise that they started the game with and reeled off 12 straight points, including three treys from Neils and one from junior Nick Casper to gain a 26-16 lead.

Mauer’s lay-up and senior Nate Heili two baskets cut the lead to 28-22 before the buzzer-beater from Neils.

Brady Grapentine led PHS in assists with and Henning had four. Nygaard made a team-high three steals. Neils had a team-best six rebounds.

“Plymouth came out hot from the second quarter on and we had no answer for them,” said Falcon head coach Jake Frohling.

“We didn’t have a person to stop Neils and we didn’t play very well. We have to go back to the drawing board and get ready for the next game.”

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

The PHS junior varsity rallied back in the second half to defeat Falls, 67-64, after trailing at halftime 39-28.

The Falcons held a 46-40 lead at the end of the third quarter, however the Panthers went on an 18-4 run to take the lead for good, 58-50. The Falcons’ Juwan Jackson missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Plymouth is now 2-0 in the EWC (3-1 overall) and Falls went to 1-1 (4-1 overall).

The Plymouth freshman won 57-49 over Falls. Alex Shutter poured in 27 points to spark the Panthers. Clark Otte had 13 and Jared Tenpas, 11, to lead the Falcons.

SHEBOYGAN FALLS 38

PLYMOUTH 78

Score by Quarters
Plymouth…............14 17 23 24 – 78
SheboyganFalls....16 6 97–38

Plymouth scoring: Kollin Neils 29, Zac Cain 7, Nick Casper 3, Clay Henning 4, Brady Grapentine 3, Collin Denzin 10, Tom Jankowski 8, Drew Schweiger 3, Eric Nygaard 9, Matt Olig 2. Three-point goals: Neils 8, Denzin 2, Casper 1, Nygaard 1, Jankowski 1, Grapentine 1, Cain 1.

Sheboygan Falls scoring: Matt Wilke 7, Austin Madden 3, Brady Mauer 10, Michael Raeder 4, Jacob Brading 6, Jordan Jackson 2, Nate Heili 6. Three-point goals: Wilke 1, Brading 2, Madden 1.

Field goals: Sheboygan Falls 16- 46, 35%; Plymouth 28-56. 50%. Free throws: Sheboygan Falls 2-2, 100%; Plymouth 7-13, 53%.

Rebounds: Sheboygan Falls 23, Plymouth 27. Turnovers: Sheboygan Falls 14, Plymouth 7.


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