Panthers grab sole lead in EWC

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


TREVOR TAUBENHEIM of Elkhart Lake shoots over Howards Grove’s Ethan Brinkman in Tuesday night’s CLC basketball game. — Photo by Mike McGill TREVOR TAUBENHEIM of Elkhart Lake shoots over Howards Grove’s Ethan Brinkman in Tuesday night’s CLC basketball game. — Photo by Mike McGill PLYMOUTH – Plymouth’s uptempo style and tenacious defense sparked a 63-45 win over visiting Waupun Tuesday night which gave the Panthers sole possession of first place in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference boys basketball race.

The two-time defending EWC champions upped their league record to 4-0 (6-1 overall) and stretched their winning streak to six. Waupun, which came into the game tied with PHS for the EWC lead, slipped to 3-1 in the league (5-1 overall).

The Panthers’ man-to-man, pressure defense, which included half-court and full-court presses, wore Waupun down as the game went on made the Warriors work hard to get open shots. Also, PHS showed outstanding hustle on the boards and going for loose balls.

PHS led most of the game but didn’t break it open until the fourth quarter when it outscored the Warriors 21-11. Waupun used a 6-2 spurt to close out the third period and shave Plymouth’s lead from 40-28 down to 42-34.


ERIC NYGAARD, Plymouth for- ward, shoots from the perimeter in Tuesday night’s EWC basketball game versus Waupun. Also shown are Waupun’s Jack VandeZande and Plymouth’s Drew Schweiger. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley ERIC NYGAARD, Plymouth for- ward, shoots from the perimeter in Tuesday night’s EWC basketball game versus Waupun. Also shown are Waupun’s Jack VandeZande and Plymouth’s Drew Schweiger. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Panthers went on a 9-2 run to open the final quarter which increased their advantage to 51- 36 with 6:00 left. Eric Nygaard’s three-pointer started the tear and Kollin Neils capped it off with back-to-back treys. PHS led by at least 13 the rest of the way.

Neils, a senior guard, had a double-double to ignite PHS as he totaled a team-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. Neil was a red-hot 4-for-5 from three-point range.

Neils also led the Panthers in steals with three and was second in assists with four. Senior guard Collin Denzin contributed 15 points and a team-high six assists. Denzin was an excellent 3-for-4 on three-pointers. Eric Nygaard pulled down six boards.

The Panthers were outstanding from three-point range – hitting 11 of 25 for 44 percent. Waupun’s defense was sagging much of the game which left PHS shooters open from the outside and the home team took advantage.

“We definitely could’ve played better but we played tough and came out with a win. It was a good win,” said Denzin.

“We rebounded well and got a lot of second-chance points. We shared the ball well.”

“It was a great performance,” said Neils. “We had a slow start but kept working hard and pushed through in the fourth quarter.

“On defense, everyone played well. We knew we had to keep [Mason] Domask down.”

Domask, a junior guard, came into the game averaging a teamhigh 26 points a game and was held to 18 by PHS. Domask had just 11 points through three quarters.

“Tom Jankowski’s defense on Domask was pretty incredible,” said PHS head coach Jason Duff.

“Collin Denzin had a great game. He has a great mentality as a shooter – just catch and shoot.

“Kollin Neils is playing at a high level. I definitely liked his overall game,” Duff said.

“Our conditioning really paid off in a game like this. The guys in our starting lineup made big contributions. This was an important win.”

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

The PHS junior varsity improved to 4-0 in the EWC (6-1 overall) with a 49-45 win. Carter Krzyzaniak was the Panthers’ top scorer with 12 points.

David Hassel led PHS rebounders with seven. Gage Nischke and Samuel Staehling had a team-high five assists each.

In freshman play, the Panthers cruised to a 77-35 win to go to 4-0 in the EWC (6-1 overall). Alex Shutter exploded for 26 points and Cody Kuhn hit 19 to spark the PHS attack.

WAUPUN 45

PLYMOUTH 63

Score by Quarters

Waupun....................9 12 13 11 – 45
Plymouth…............15 13 14 21 – 63

Waupun scoring: Bryce Verheyen 1, Mason Domask 18, TJ Gaubatz 2, Jordan McGinnis 2, Jordan Bille 8, Brandon Wolford 8, Jack VandeZande 6. Three-point goals: Domask 2.

Plymouth scoring: Kollin Neils 24, Zac Cain 2, Clay Henning 7, Collin Denzin 15, Tom Jankowski 8, Eric Nygaard 7. Three-point goals: Neils 4, Henning 1, Denzin 3, Jankowski 2, Nygaard 1.

Field goals: Plymouth 25-60, 42%. Free throws: Waupun 11-16, 69%; Plymouth 2-3, 67%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 30. Turno_ vers: 12.


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