Panthers storm back to notch EWC win


TWO RIVERS – Plymouth outscored Two Rivers 41-25 in the second half to earn a 65-56 comeback win in boys basketball action here Thursday night.

The Panthers improved to 5-2 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference (8-5 overall). The Purple Raiders fell to 3-4 in the EWC (4-8 overall).

Senior forward Zac Cain and senior guard Nick Casper sparked the Panthers’ attack with 20 and 19 points, respectively. Cain also had a team-high 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.

PHS, which trailed 31-24 at halftime, outscored Two Rivers 20-10 in the third quarter to take a 44-41 lead.

“Controlling the tempo, offensive/ defensive rebounding as well as taking away their penetration in the second half were keys for us. We did get the ball inside in the second half,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“Is it was nice to regain our focus on doing the little things more efficiently. We still have a lot of work to do. We will continue to be in close games and need to find ways to close games out.

“We were consistent in our effort and energy. We just need to finish and get to the line at a higher rate,” said coach Cain.

Dominic Bocchini paced PHS in assists with four and Casper dished out three. Casper led in steals with three and Bocchini had two.

Bocchini and Matt Olig contributed seven and six boards, respectively.

“TJ Moegenburg has hit some big shots for us and was able to come through again on Thursday,” said the coach.

“Brady Grapentine continues to improve his defense. Nick brought us a ton of energy on both ends of the floor.

“Matt Olig was again solid on defense and the backboard. Dominic did a good job of running our offense and Zac was active on both ends,” added coach Cain.

Senior guard Ethan Willman popped in 25 points to lead Two Rivers.


PHS allowed only three points (on free throws) in the second and third quarters combined to key a 48-32 win in junior varsity play. The Panthers, 7-0 in the EWC (9-4 overall), outscored Two Rivers 33- 17 over the final three quarters.

Alex Shutter spearheaded the Panthers’ offense with 17 points, followed by Jake Steinhardt with nine and Cody Kuhn, eight. Kuhn grabbed six rebounds and David Hassel dished out three assists.

In the freshman game, the Panthers roared back after trailing by 20 early in the second quarter to earn a 62-48 victory. PHS improved to 6-1 in the league (9-3).

Brandon Keller and Mason Guell led PHS in scoring with 15 and 13, respectively. Keller had a team-high 10 boards. Alex Kelly led in steals with five. Panther coach Scott Richards said Kelly played well in reserve and had a good floor game.


Score by Quarters
Plymouth…............16 8 20 21 – 65
Two Rivers.............10 21 10 15 – 56

Plymouth scoring: Dominic Bocchini 8, Nick Casper 19, Zac Cain 20, Brady Grapentine 6, TJ Moegenburg 6, Matt Olig 6. Three-point goals: Moegenburg 2..

Two Rivers scoring: Trevor Smith 6, Brayden Peterson 8, Ethan Willman 25, Adam LaPalm 5, Dawson Kiphart 12. Three-point goals: Smith 2, Willman 2, LaPalm 1, Kiphart 1.

Field goals: Plymouth 31-65, 48%. Free throws: Plymouth 1-5, 20%; Two Rivers 12-14, 86%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 36. Turno_ vers: Plymouth 10, Two Rivers 15.

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