Voelker hits 34 to lift Kiel over PHS

BOYS BASKETBALL
by Greg Ceilley of The Review Staff


NICK CASPER, Plymouth guard, shoots a short jumper in Friday night’s EWC basketball game versus Kiel. The Raiders’ defenders are Trenton Nickel (left) and Carter Voelker. Plymouth’s Gage Nischke watches. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley NICK CASPER, Plymouth guard, shoots a short jumper in Friday night’s EWC basketball game versus Kiel. The Raiders’ defenders are Trenton Nickel (left) and Carter Voelker. Plymouth’s Gage Nischke watches. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Junior guard Carter Voelker exploded for a career high 34 points to spark the Kiel Raiders to a 74-66 overtime victory over the Plymouth Panthers in a terrifi c boys basketball battle here Friday night.

Both teams played their hearts out in a very physical game which saw players diving on the floor for loose balls and fighting for rebounds. The game included 38 fouls, including 25 by PHS.

Free throws were the difference in the outcome. The Raiders sank 27 of 33 foul shots, compared with only 4 of 8 by the Panthers. Voelker hit a team-high 12 free throws out of 14 tries and was an impressive 9-for-12 (75 percent) from the field overall, including 4-for-5 from three-point range.

“Both teams should be proud of their effort. Free throws were the difference in the game. It’s pretty tough to overcame that disparity at the free-throw line,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“I’m proud of our kids’ toughness, resiliency and character. This was a good character-building experience for us.”


GAGE NISCHKE of Plymouth surveys the Kiel defense during Friday night’s EWC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley GAGE NISCHKE of Plymouth surveys the Kiel defense during Friday night’s EWC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley

The Panthers dropped to 4-2 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference (7-5 overall). PHS is tied for second in the EWC with New Holstein. Waupun is in first at 6-0.

The Raiders improved to 3-3 in the EWC (6-4 overall). Kiel, which has won three straight, and Two Rivers shared third in the league.

“It’s always a quality win here. We’re going to take this one and run with it,” said Raider head coach Jamie Arenz.

“It’s a team effort. The team is kind of playing off energy now. We’re playing with some toughness and we’re shooting better. We shot the ball from the free-throw line extremely well obviously which was a key factor.”

Kiel made 9 of 10 free throws in the overtime period which sealed the win. The Raiders scored the first six points in overtime to go ahead for keeps, 63-57. Austin Goehring hit a perimeter shot which gave Kiel a 59- 57 lead.

After a steal by Voelker, Nicholas Walsh hit a twisting, driving layup through traffic. Walsh capped off the run with a strong driving layup with 2:25 left. Voelker had a team-high five points in overtime on 5-for-6 foul shooting.

Voelker erupted for 27 points in the second half and overtime combined.

PHS didn’t score in the overtime until Brad Grapentine’s layup at the 1:49 mark which made it 63-59. The Panthers were unable to come any closer the rest of the way.

The Panthers rallied from a 47-41 deficit in the fourth period to force overtime. Senior guard Dominic Bocchini’s three-pointer from the right wing pulled PHS even, 57-57, with only 11 seconds left.

Kiel had a shot at winning the game in regulation but Voelker missed a jump shot just before the buzzer sounded.

Keyed by aggressive play on offense – rebounding and driving to the basket – the Raiders led most of the first half and took a 28-27 lead at intermission. Kiel scored five points as a result of rebound baskets in the opening half.

The Panthers came out strong to start the third quarter and used a 11-6 spurt to go up 38-33 with 3:00 remaining in the quarter. Senior guard Nick Casper sparked the run with seven points, including a trey.

Kiel rallied to cut the Panthers’ lead to 41-40 after three quarters. Voelker tallied the Raiders’ final five points of the third period, including a three-point goal.

The Raiders had a 7-0 run to begin the final quarter which gave them a 47-41 advantage. Voelker’s threeball keyed the stretch.

Casper and Zac Cain led PHS in scoring with 16 each. Cain, a senior forward, also had a team-high nine rebounds and four steals.

Matt Olig contributed eight boards for PHS. Bocchini led in assists with four.

Voelker paced Kiel in rebounds with 10 and Trenton Nickel grabbed eight. Walsh and Nickel had a teambest two steals each. Nickel led in assists with five.

“Voelker had a good game. He got some shots to fall and was able to hit free throws,” said coach Cain.

“Carter makes the right decisions and he’s the guy we want with the ball [down the stretch],” said Arenz. “I’m glad we have Carter and glad we have him for one more year.”

“This is a big win. It feels great,” said Voelker. “It was a 100-percent team effort.”

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

The Panthers hiked their EWC junior varsity record to 6-0 (8-4 overall) with a 45-24 rout. Cody Kuhn paced PHS in scoring with 12 points and Alex Shutter hit nine.

Derek Schweiger added seven points and a team-high six boards for PHS.

The PHS freshmen cruised to a 65-25 win. The Panthers improved to 5-1 in the league (8-3 overall). Cade Knaus led Plymouth’s offense with 11 points and Holden Reilly netted 10.

Adam Smith led PHS in assists with five. Cody Hitsman and Bran don Keller had a team-best four rebounds apiece.

KIEL
74
PLYMOUTH
66

Score by Quarters
Kiel...................13 15 12 17 17 – 74
Plymouth….......9 18 14 16 9 – 66

Kiel scoring: Nicholas Walsh 11, Carter Voelker 34, Jack Meunier 4, Trenton Nickel 12, Parker Brack 2, Dylan Wedge 2, Austin Goehring 9. Three-point goals: Voelker 4, Nickel 1.

Plymouth scoring: Zac Cain 16, Nick Casper 16, Dominic Bocchini 5, TJ Moegenburg 13, Brady Grapentine 4, Gage Nischke 8, Matt Olig 4. Threepoint goals: Moegenburg 3, Bocchini 1, Casper 2, Nischke 2.

Field goals: Kiel 21-43, 48%; Plymouth 27-80, 34%; Free throws: Kiel 27- 33, 81%; Plymouth 4-8, 50%;

Rebounds: Kiel 31, Plymouth 27. Turnovers: Kiel 19, Plymouth 9.


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