Defense sparks Panthers to EWC win


CAMPBELLSPORT – The Plymouth Panthers’ defense stepped up big-time, propelling them a to a 48-33 boys basketball win over host Campbellsport Tuesday night.

PHS upped its Eastern Wisconsin Conference record to 4-1 (7-4 overall) and stayed in second place in the EWC race, one game behind front-running Waupun (5-0). Campbellsport fell to 1-4 in the league (3-6 overall).

“Our defense made them work for everything they got. We contested their shots and didn’t give them second-chance opportunities,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“Our communication is getting better on defense. We had a balanced offensive attack. We were able to grind out a road win.”

The 33 points are a seasonlow allowed by the PHS defense. The Cougars shot a frigid 26 percent (12 of 46) from the field.

Keyed by their defense and ability to score some transition baskets, the Panthers took a 14-6 lead after one quarter and were in command the rest of the way. PHS built a 38-17 lead after three quarters.

Junior guard/forward Gage Nischke led PHS in scoring with 11 points. Five Panthers scored at least five points. Matt Olig ripped down a team-high 10 rebounds.

Brady Grapentine and Dominic Bocchini paced PHS in assists with four and three, respectively.

“Matt showed up on the glass again. He rebounded well for us and Dominic [point guard] ran the offense well,” said Cain.

Jordan Dreikosen was the Cougars’ top scorer with 14, including three three-point goals.


Plymouth’s junior varsity improved its EWC mark to 5-0 (7-4 overall) with a 48-30 win.

Will Hunter led the Panthers’ attack with 11 points and Cody Kuhn added 10. Derek Schweiger had a team-high six assists.

In freshman play, the Panthers raised their EWC record to 4-1 (7-3 overall) with a 49- 33 victory. Holden Reilly keyed the PHS offense with 13 points, followed by Brandon Keller and Cade Knaus with eight each.

Mason Guell paced PHS in rebounds with eight. Adam Smith led in assists with four.


Score by Quarters
Plymouth…............14 10 14 10 – 48
Campbellsport.........6 7 416–33

Plymouth scoring: Dominic Bocchini 6, Brady Grapentine 8, Gage Nischke 11, Drew Schweiger 8, TJ Moegenburg 5, Carter Krzyzaniak 2, Matt Olig 8. Three-point goals: Bocchini 1, Grapentine 2, Schweiger 1, Moegenburg 1.

Campbellsport scoring: Jordan Dreikosen 14, Connor Kissinger 3, Tanner Ramthun 9, Erik Freiberg 3, Austin Narges 4. Three-point goals: Dreikosen 3, Kissinger 1, Ramthun 2, Freiberg 1.

Field goals: Plymouth 17-50, 34%; Campbellsport 12-46, 26%. Free throws: Plymouth 9-11, 82%; Campbellsport 4-5, 80%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 35. Turno_ vers: Plymouth 6, Campbellsport 6.

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