Defense sparks Panthers to easy EWC win

KEWASKUM – Fueled pressure defense which led many transition baskets off turnovers, the visiting Plymouth Panthers clobbered Kewaskum, 70-28, in Eastern Wisconsin Conference boys basketball action Thursday night.

The Panthers upped their EWC record to 3-0 (5-1 overall) which is tied for first with Waupun. The teams meet Tuesday night, Dec. 17 at PHS. Kewaskum dropped to 1-2 in the league (3-3 overall).

PHS blew the game open by outscoring the Indians 51-20 in the second and third quarters combined which put the Panthers up 62-23.

Senior guard Kollin Neils led Plymouth in scoring with 23 points, including three 3-point goals. Senior forward Eric Nygaard added 12 points.

“We were able to force Kewaskum to play our [fast-paced] style. We forced 23 turnovers and many of those were liveball turnovers, so we were able to turn that into transition offense. Everyone contributed,” said Panther head coach Jason Duff.

PHS had an impressive 18 steals, led by Neils with six. Tom Jankowski and Nygaard contributed three each.

Jankowski and Denzin had a team-high five assists apiece. Jankowski also led in rebounds with five.

“Tom did a nice job on their leading scorer [this season], Greg Rate – holding him to six points,” said Duff.

“Kollin continues to shoot the ball extremely well from the outside along with everything else he does for us. And Eric Nygaard continues to be a steadying influence for us on both ends.”

Neils was 9-for-16 from the field (3 of 7 on 3-pointers) and 2-for-2 at the foul line. Nygaard was an outstanding 6-for-7 from the field.

“We still have a lot of room to improve. We are making mistakes but our opponents aren’t consistently taking advantage of those mistakes,” Duff said.

“We have to do a good job of staying focused on improvement and not get caught up in scoreboard stuff.”

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

PHS seized a 19-4 lead after one quarter and was ahead 40- 11 at halftime as it cruised to a 65-29 junior varsity win. The Panthers improved to 3-0 in the EWC (5-1 overall).

David Hassel paced PHS in scoring with 13 points and Carter Krzyzaniak hit nine. Krzyzaniak and Jake Schneider pulled down a team-high six boards each.

Samuel Staehling led the Panthers in assists with six. Zach Albers was first in steals with four.

“I’m increasingly happy with our ability and willingness to make the extra pass. The guys are playing very unselfish basketball right now,” said Panther coach Jason Jaeckels.

The PHS freshmen breezed to a 69-16 win to improve to 4-0 in the EWC (5-1 overall). All 11 Panthers were in the scoring column.

PLYMOUTH 70

KEWASKUM 28

Score by Quarters
Plymouth….............11 23 28 8 – 70
Kewaskum................3 10 10 5 – 28

Plymouth scoring: Dominic Bocchini 4, Kollin Neils 23, Zac Cain 6, Nick Casper 4, Clay Henning 5, Collin Denzin 3, Tom Jankowski 6, Drew Schweiger 3, Eric Nygaard 12, Matt Olig 4. Three-point goals: Neils 3, Denzin 1, Henning 1.

Kewaskum scoring: Cory Stern 4, Brett Boegel 1, Derek Schulz 6, Erik Limberg 2, Charles Witek 2, Brady Hanson 3, Karter Guth 2, Greg Rate 6, Michael Prochnow 2.

Field goals: Plymouth 27-51, 53%. Free throws: Plymouth 11-16, 69%; Kewaskum 10-17, 59%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 23. Turno_ vers: Plymouth 12, Kewaskum 23.


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