Panthers hold on to earn overtime win


KEWASKUM – After blowing an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Plymouth Panthers regrouped and pulled out a 62-59 overtime victory over host Kewaskum in boys basketball play Tuesday night.

Senior Nick Casper and senior forward Zac Cain keyed the Panthers’ attack in the overtime with five and four points, respectively. Junior guard/forward Gage Nischke contributed two clutch free throws as PHS outscored the Indians 11-8 in the extra period.

Kewaskum had an opportunity to tie the game at the overtime buzzer but Brady Hanson’s three-point shot was blocked by Cain.

Kewaskum outscored PHS 20-12 in the fourth quarter to force overtime after trailing 39-31 through three periods. The Indians attacked the basket well in the fourth where they were 7-for-8 at the free-throw line.

The Panthers upped their secondplace Eastern Wisconsin Conference record to 6-2 (9-5 overall). The Indians dropped to 2-6 in EWC action (4-7 overall).

“We’re still trying the find our identity at the end of games. We need to close out games better. We need to do the little things late,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“The kids battled hard. It was a team effort and a team victory. They all played with energy.”

Casper and Cain led PHS in scoring with 16 points each. Cain also had a team-high 12 rebounds and two blocks. Brady Grapentine pulled down eight boards.

Dominic Bocchini and Casper paced the Panthers in steals with four each. Cain contributed three steals. Bocchini handed out a team-best three assists.

Junior guard Josh Baker keyed the Indians’ offense with 19 points.

The Panthers were only 17-for-32 (53 percent) at the foul line and had 20 turnovers but took care if the ball better in overtime.


Holden Reilly netted 13 points and Alex Kelly hit 10 to lead the Panther freshmen to a 45-29 win. PHS improved to 7-1 in the EWC (10-3 overall).

Brandon Keller paced PHS in rebounds with seven and Adam Smith added four.

The junior varsity results were unavailable at press time.


Score by Quarters
Plymouth..........10 12 17 12 11 – 62
Kewaskum........14 6 11 20 8 – 59

Plymouth scoring: Dominic Bocchini 10, Nick Casper 16, Zac Cain 16, Brady Grapentine 7, Gage Nischke 4, Drew Schweiger 2, TJ Moegenburg 3, Matt Olig 4. Three-point goals: Casper 2, Bocchini 1, Grapentine 1, Moegenburg 1.

Kewaskum scoring: Dean Schlice 2, Josh Baker 19, Charles Witek 14, Brady Hanson 3, Jason Hanson 6, Michael Prochnow 15. Three-point goals: Baker 2, Hanson 1, Prochnow 1.

Field goals: Plymouth 20-50, 40%. Free throws: Plymouth 17-32, 53%; Kewaskum 17-28, 61%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 35. Turno_ vers: Plymouth 20, Kewaskum 17.

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