Thrice as nice: Panthers three-peat as EWC champions

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


DOMINIC BOCCHINI, (left), Plymouth guard, tries to stop Kewaskum’s Charles Witek on a fast break during Friday night’s EWC basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley DOMINIC BOCCHINI, (left), Plymouth guard, tries to stop Kewaskum’s Charles Witek on a fast break during Friday night’s EWC basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers clinched their third straight Eastern Wisconsin Conference boys basketball championship with a 58-41 win over Kewaskum Friday night at the PHS gym.

PHS improved to 11-0 in the EWC (15-3 overall). The Panthers wrapped up the outright title with three league games left after second-place Waupun lost to Campbellsport, 46-41, Friday night which dropped the Warriors’ EWC mark to 7-4.

“Winning any kind of championship is a good feeling. I’d like to think it reflects all the hard work and sacrifices that our players make to improve and be a part of this team,” said Panther head coach Jason Duff.

“The time for reflection on accomplishments will be later on down the road. Right now we have to have a good week to try and get the best seed we can for the playoffs”


KOLLIN NEILS of Plymouth sizes up a shot as Kewaskum’s Charles Witek closes in during Friday night’s EWC basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley KOLLIN NEILS of Plymouth sizes up a shot as Kewaskum’s Charles Witek closes in during Friday night’s EWC basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Panthers host Two Rivers and New Holstein Tuesday, Feb. 11 and Thursday, respectively.

The Panthers jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first quarter and were in command the rest of the way. Plymouth’s trapping defense gave the Indians fits in the first period as it forced five turnovers. PHS scored several points off steals in the quarter.

Kewaskum (4-7 in the EWC, 6-12 overall) didn’t score its first field goal until 57 seconds remained in the opening quarter as it struggled to get open shots against pressure defense.

For the game, PHS had an impressive 18 steals, led by Kollin Neils and Zac Cain with five each.

PHS led 17-7 after one period, sparked by Tom Jankowski who scored seven points, including a three-point goal. Jankowski exploded for eight points in the second quarter, including two treys, to lead PHS which built a 30-14 halftime advantage.

Jankowski scored a gamehigh 23 points and Neils hit 11. Jankowski also grabbed seven rebounds.

Neils led PHS in boards with eight and Matt Olig had seven. Neils also had a team-best five assists.

“We didn’t play as fast as we should have. We turned the ball over way too much,” said Duff whose team committed 19 turnovers.

“It’s difficult to beat teams twice because the team that gets beat usually makes the most adjustments.”

PHS was without starting forward Eric Nygaard who sustained a minor knee injury in Tuesday’s win over Sheboygan South. Nygaard is expected back for the Two Rivers contest.

“I think this game also showed how important Eric is to our team. He does so many things that don’t show up on the stat sheet,” Duff said.

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

The Panthers’ junior varsity and freshman teams continued their outstanding seasons with lopsided wins.

PHS cruised to a 76-22 JV victory to go to 10-1 in the EWC (15-3 overall). Carter Krzyzaniak had a team-high 11 steals and six assists to go with 12 points for the Panthers. David Hassel led in scoring with 14 and had six rebounds.

In the freshman game, Alex Shutter’s 23 points sparked the Panthers to a 61-37 rout. Jake Willeford added nine for PHS which improved to 11-0 in the league (15-1 overall). Josh Beeck played well off the bench, said PHS coach Scott Richards.

KEWASKUM 41

PLYMOUTH 58

Score by Quarters

Kewaskum...............7 7 13 14 41
Plymouth…............17 13 14 14 58

Kewaskum scoring: Charles Witek 13, Brady Hanson 4, Carter Guth 11, Greg Rate 3, Jason Hanson 4, Michael Prochnow 6. Three-point goals: Prochnow 2.

Plymouth scoring: Kollin Neils 11, Zac Cain 9, Dominic Bocchini 6, Brady Grapentine 2, Collin Denzin 2, Tom Jankowski 23, Drew Schweiger 2, Matt Olig 3. Three-point goals: Jankowski 3.

Field goals: Plymouth 20-64, 31%. Free throws: Kewaskum 7-13, 54%; Plymouth 15-19, 79%.

Rebounds: Kewaskum 35, Plymo_ uth 42. Turnovers: Plymouth 19.


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