Panthers finish strong to stay perfect in EWC

CAMPBELLSPORT – Plymouth bounced back from a rough third quarter with a strong finish to defeat Campbellsport, 49-43, in Eastern Wisconsin Conference boys basketball action here Thursday night.

The Panthers hiked their EWCleading record to 10-0 (13-3 overall). The Cougars fell to 5-4 in the league (9-4 overall).

Campbellsport erased a sevenpoint halftime deficit by outscoring PHS 11-4 in the third period to tie the game, 32-32.

PHS outscored the Cougars 17-11 in the final quarter. Tom Jankowski and Collin Denzin hit back-to-back three-pointers in the period which gave the Panthers a four-point lead.

“We did not shoot the ball very well but we rebounded well down the stretch, made our free throws and didn’t turn it over in the fourth quarter,” said Panther head coach Jason Duff.

“Campbellsport is a good team, who is well-coached, and who has two good scorers [Isiah Daniels and Jordan Dreikosen] surrounded by players who play to their roles. So any win there is a good win.”

Daniels, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, is averaging 20 points per game this season. He had a teamhigh 16 Thursday, followed by Dreikosen (11-point average) with 10.

“We had a difficult time guarding Daniels, as most teams do, but we did better as the game went along,” Duff noted.

“He is physically dominant when he wants to be. They made six threes which is very good for them. We were trying to take away the inside so they had some open looks and Daniels is too good to just let him catch it around the basket.”

Jankowski, a senior forward, had an excellent overall game to spark PHS. He had a team-high 15 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals. Denzin also made two steals.

Kollin Neils and Eric Nygaard contributed 12 points each for the Panthers. Neils also handed out four assists and led his team in blocked shots with two.

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

PHS won the junior varsity game in a runaway, 43-20, to improve to 9-1 in the EWC (13-3 overall). Samuel Staehling led PHS in scoring with 13 points and shared the lead in steals with Ben Potrykus at three each.

Carter Krzyzaniak and David Hassel paced the Panthers in assists with three each.

The PHS freshmen ran their EWC record to 10-0 (13-1 overall) with a 57-44 win. Cody Kuhn led a balanced Panther attack with 14 points. Alex Shutter, added 12, followed by Jake Steinhardt and Derek Schweiger with 11 and 10, respectively.

PLYMOUTH 49

CAMPBELLSPORT 43

Score by Quarters

Plymouth…............14 14 4 17 49
Campbellsport.......10 11 11 11 43

Plymouth scoring: Kollin Neils 12, Zac Cain 1, Collin Denzin 5, Clay Henning 4, Tom Jankowski 15, Eric Nygaard 12. Three-point goals: Neils 1, Denzin 2, Jankowski 1, Nygaard 2.

Campbellsport scoring: Ty Schmidt 9, Allen Bong 3, Jordan Dreikosen 10, Drew Hundertmark 2, Jacob O’Brien 3. Isiah Daniels 16. Three-point goals: Schmidt 3, Dreikosen 2, O’Brien 1.

Field goals: Plymouth 17-40, 43%; Free throws: Plymouth 10-12, 83%; Campbellsport 5-8, 63%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 28. Turnovers: Plymouth 14.


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