Panthers’ offense explodes in EWC rout

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


TOM JANKOWSKI of Plymouth attempts to score inside under pressure from New Holstein’s Devon Johnson in Thursday’s EWC basketball game. Plymouth’s Clay Henning looks on. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley TOM JANKOWSKI of Plymouth attempts to score inside under pressure from New Holstein’s Devon Johnson in Thursday’s EWC basketball game. Plymouth’s Clay Henning looks on. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers were hitting on all cylinders Thursday as they celebrated Senior Night with a 93-35 shellacking of New Holstein in boys basketball action at the PHS gym.

Senior guard Kollin Neils and senior forward Tom Jankowski combined for 55 points to ignite the Panthers’ offense which scored a season-high total. Neils led the way with 29 points, including an impressive 6-for-8 from threepoint range. Neils shot a red-hot 71 percent overall from the field – hitting 10 of 14 attempts.

Jankowski pumped in 26 points, including three treys, and was 9-for-11 at the foul line. He also had a team-high nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Dominic Bocchini also dished out four assists.

The Eastern Wisconsin Conference champion Panthers hiked their EWC record to 13-0 (17-3 overall) and made it seven wins in a row. The Huskies fell to 4-9 in the league (7-14 overall).

The Huskies led 10-5 midway through the first quarter, keyed by Parker Lemke’s two three-point goals, before the Panthers’ attack caught fire. PHS outscored New Holstein 26-4 the rest of the period to build a 31-14 lead.

PHS closed out the opening quarter with an impressive 15-0 run, climaxed by Jankowski’s three-ball at the buzzer. Jankowski erupted for eight points to key the spurt.

The Panthers outscored New Holstein 49-18 over the next two quarters combined to go up by an incredible 80-32.

PHS hit an impressive 12 three-pointers and scored several fast-break baskets off steals in the game. The Panthers’ trapping, suffocating defense forced 23 turnovers, including 15 off steals.

Plymouth also dominated the boards – holding a whopping 41- 14 rebounding advantage. Eric Nygaard contributed seven rebounds for the Panthers.

“A good win. I’m happy for the seniors,” said PHS head coach Jason Duff.

“We’re playing well right now but we have to stay focused on the present.”

Sophomore forward Josh Burg led the Huskies in scoring with 13.

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

Balanced scoring lifted the Panthers over New Holstein, 68- 59, in the junior varsity contest. PHS improved to 13-0 in the EWC (17-2 overall).

Gage Nischke and Samuel Staehling paced PHS in scoring with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Jack Sacket and Carter Krzyzaniak added 10 each. David Hassel led in rebounds with nine. Staehling had a team-high six steals and six assists.

Devin Strupp keyed the Huskies’ attack with 19 points, followed by Anthony James with 13 and Jacob Conrad, 11.

The PHS freshmen raised their league mark to 13-0 (17-1 overall) with a 67-33 rout. Alex Shutter led the Panthers’ offense with 17 points, followed by Cody Kuhn with 11 and Jake Steinhardt, 10. PHS coach Scott Richards said Derek Schweiger played well.

Dylan James led the Huskies’ scoring with 15.

NEW HOLSTEIN 35

PLYMOUTH 93

Score by Quarters

NewHolstein.........1410 8 335
Plymouth…............31 24 25 13 93

New Holstein scoring: Bryce Karrels 2, Michael Voelker 2, Parker Lemke 8, Nolan Beirne 1, Mark Sippel 2, Nathan Hansen 3, Andrew Casper 4, Josh Burg 13. Three-point goals: Lemke 2, Hansen 1, Burg 1.

Plymouth scoring: Clay Henning 3, Kollin Neils 29, Nick Casper 2, Zac Cain 2, Dominic Bocchini 3, Collin Denzin 3, Tom Jankowski 26, Drew Schweiger 3, Eric Majerus 2, Eric Nygaard 10, Matt Olig 10. Three-point goals: Henning 1, Neils 6, Denzin 1, Jankowski 3, Schweiger 1.

Field goals: New Holstein 14-41, 34%; Plymouth 32-61, 52%. Free throws: New Holstein 3-6, 50%; Plymouth 17-24, 71%.

Rebounds: New Holstein 14, Plymouth 43. Turnovers: New Holstein 23, Plymouth 12.


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