Panthers hold off Huskies in EWC debut

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

DOMINIC BOCCHINI of Plymouth hounds New Holstein’s Bryce Karrels during Thursday’s EWC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley DOMINIC BOCCHINI of Plymouth hounds New Holstein’s Bryce Karrels during Thursday’s EWC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers came out hot from the field and then staved off a second-half rally by visiting New Holstein to notch a 63-57 victory Thursday night in both teams’ Eastern Wisconsin Conference boys basketball opener.

PHS, the three-time defending EWC champion, hiked its overall record to 2-2 while the Huskies slipped to 1-2.

The Panthers drained four threepointers – one each by Alex Shutter, Dominic Bocchini, Nick Casper and Drew Schweiger – to open up a 20-8 lead after one quarter. Matt Olig scored on a tip-in at the buzzer for the Panthers’ final points in the period.

PHS led by as many as 14 in the second quarter at 27-13 after TJ Moegenburg sank a three-ball.

The Huskies answered with an 9-2 run which cut Plymouth’s lead to 29-22 with 1:40 left until halftime. Devin Strupp and Bryce Karrels hit one trey each to key the spurt.

Nick Casper gave PHS a 32-22 lead with a three-pointer late in the second period. The Panthers led 32- 23 at halftime.

NH rallied to within four in the second half but was unable to come any closer.

Senior forward Zac Cain, who missed the previous two games with an ankle injury, led PHS in scoring with 19 points and Casper hit 12. Cain also had a team-high eight rebounds. Dominic Bocchini led in assists with six.

“This is a good start to the conference season. We found a way to hold the lead,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“We came out with a lot of energy, moved the ball well and distributed it well.

“We attacked the offensive glass which gave us second-chance opportunities,” said coach Cain.

PHS had an impressive 15 offensive boards. The Panthers hit a whopping nine three-pointers.

“Nick and Dominic [senior guards] attacked the seams well. We had good flow as a team. We got up and down the court well on offense and defense,” said the coach.


Score by Quarters

New Holstein...........8 15 18 16 – 57

Plymouth…............20 12 17 14 – 63

New Holstein scoring: Devin Strupp 18, Bryce Karrels 5, Josh Burg 24, Jacob Conrad 4, Devon Johnson 6. Threepoint goals: Strupp 3, Karrels 1, Burg 1. Plymouth scoring: Alex Shutter 3, Dominic Bocchini 8, Nick Casper 12, Zac Cain 19, Brady Grapentine 2, Gage Nischke 7, Drew Schwieiger 3, TJ Moegenburg 5, Matt Olig 4. Three-point goals: Shutter 1, Bocchini 1, Casper 2, Cain 2, Nischke 1, Schweiger 1, Moegenburg 1. Field goals: New Holstein 20-46, 43%; Plymouth 22-51, 431%. Free throws: New Holstein 12-22, 55%; Plymouth 10-19, 53%. Rebounds: New Holstein 28, Plymouth 26. Turnovers: New Holstein 18, Plymouth 5.

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