Panthers sink Ships, run win streak to eight

MANITOWOC – Plymouth started slowly and then heated up in the second quarter to cruise past Manitowoc Lincoln, 88-60, in a nonconference boys basketball game here Tuesday night.

The Panthers, No. 6 in the Associated Press Division 2 rankings, improved to 18-3 and stretched their winning streak to eight. The Ships fell to 6-14.

PHS, which trailed 21-17 after one quarter, outscored Manitowoc by a combined 51-20 in the second and third periods to mount a 68-41 lead.

Senior guard Kollin Neils poured in 27 points and senior forward Tom Jankowski hit 22 to spearhead the PHS attack which had four players in double figures. The Panthers drained nine three-pointers, led by Neils’ four, and shot 51 percent from the field overall.

“We had a slow start. We had a little rust from not being able to practice last night [Monday] due to the district canceling on us [due to inclement weather]. That’s frustrating because I know our opponent practiced,” said PHS head coach Jason Duff.

“From about the three-minute mark of the first quarter on, we played very well, especially on the offensive end.

“We got a little too comfortable shooting the three early in the game but our shot selection got better in the second and third quarters. We had many contributions from many players and it’s hard to single anybody out,” said Duff.

Neils had an excellent overall game as he also led PHS in assists with seven and steals, four, to go with five rebounds. Eric Nygaard had a team-high nine boards and three blocked shots. Jankowski contributed three steals.

T.J. Schneider pumped in 25 points to lead the Ships.

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

Samuel Staehling exploded for 26 points to spark the Panther junior varsity to a 62-41 rout. PHS raised its record to 18-2. Tyler Moegenburg added 11 in his first start this season.

Jake Schneider paced PHS in rebounds with nine. Carter Krzyzaniak and David Hassel had a team-high three assists each. Krzyzaniak led in assists with three.

The Panther freshmen improved to 18-1 with a 71-49 trouncing. Cody Kuhn pumped in 25 points and Jake Steinhardt netted 19 to key the PHS attack. Derek Schweiger led in boards with nine.

PLYMOUTH 88

MANITOWOC 60

Score by Quarters

Plymouth…............17 26 25 20 88
Manitowoc.............21 14 6 19 60

Plymouth scoring: Kollin Neils 27, Zac Cain 13, Dominic Bocchini 2, Brady Grapentine 2, Collin Denzin 4, Tom Jankowski 22, Drew Schweiger 10, Eric Majerus 3, Eric Nygaard 5. Three-point goals: Neils 4, Jankowski 2, Schweiger 1, Majerus 1, Nygaard 1.

Manitowoc scoring: Preston Ullman 4, Adam Bonk 18, David Wronkowski 2, Austin Braun 1, T.J. Schneider 25, Derek Rohrer 1, David LaTour 3, Brent Landon 2, Ben Kohls 4. Three-point goals: Bonk 2, Schneider 3.

Field goals: Plymouth 31-61, 51%; Free throws: Plymouth 17-20, 85%; Manitowoc 15-21, 71%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 35. Turn_ overs: Plymouth 14.


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