Pirates’ fast start sinks Panthers

BOYS BASKETBALL
by Greg Ceilley of The Review Staff


GAGE NISCHKE, Plymouth junior, tries to score inside against Port Washington’s Matthew Kirmse during Tuesday night’s basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley GAGE NISCHKE, Plymouth junior, tries to score inside against Port Washington’s Matthew Kirmse during Tuesday night’s basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Port Washington Pirates bolted to a 14-2 lead in the first quarter to fuel a 72-58 boys basketball win over the Plymouth Panthers Tuesday night at the PHS gym.

The nonconference defeat dropped the Panthers’ record to 13- 7. Port Washington, which downed PHS in the Division 2 sectional semifinals last season, raised its record to 16-4.

Senior guard Matthew Kirmse sparked the Pirates’ run at the start with eight points, including two three-pointers. Ezra Bretl drilled two three-balls which accounted for the other six points during the stretch.

PHS rallied to cut the deficit to 16-7 after one quarter, capped off by Nick Casper’s trey with five seconds left.

The Panthers closed to within 18-12 after Dominic Bocchini sank a three-pointer with 6:00 left in the second quarter. PHS was unable to come any closer than six the rest of the first half.

PHS committed five turnovers in the second period which hurt their hopes of staying close to the Pirates. Kirmse exploded for 10 points in the second quarter, including two treys, to spark Port Washington to a 32-20 halftime lead. He also had 10 points in the first period.

The Pirates hit six three-pointers in the first half as they did a nice job of moving the ball quickly and finding the open shooter. Port Wash- ington beat PHS on the boards and the Panthers were hindered by eight turnovers in the half. The Pirates ripped down eight offensive rebounds in the opening half.

“We spotted them too much of an advantage in the opening minutes. Their ability to hit the three and get to the offensive glass allowed them some second-chance baskets and they were able to get to the line which hurt us,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

The Pirates were 17-for-20 the free-throw line on the night while PHS was just 6-for-11.


DREW SCHWEIGER (24) of Plymouth and Port Washington’s Al-Tavius Jackson scramble for a loose ball in Tuesday night’s basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley DREW SCHWEIGER (24) of Plymouth and Port Washington’s Al-Tavius Jackson scramble for a loose ball in Tuesday night’s basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley

“We were able to cut into the lead a few times in the second half but we couldn’t gain the momentum in order get it to a one- or two-possession contest,” said the coach.

The Panthers got within eight in the third period but were unable to further cut into the Pirates’ lead.

Port Washington drained an impressive 11 three-point shots, including four each by Kirmse and Bretl.

Bocchini led PHS in scoring with 12 points, followed by Zac Cain and Nick Casper with 11 each. Cain picked up his third foul with 4:55 left in the second quarter and had to sit the rest of the half which hurt the PHS attack.

Gage Nischke paced PHS in rebounds with six and Cain had five. Bocchini had a team-high three assists, followed by Casper and Brady Grapentine with two each.

“We played hard and displayed our pride right to the final buzzer,” said Coach Cain.

“Port Washington is a good team and this is the type of competition we need to prepare for in the weeks to come. We must be able to string our consistency together for four quarters of play every time we step on the court.”

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

The Panther junior varsity hiked its record to 15-5 with a 58-29 rout over Port Washington. Jake Steinhardt led a balanced PHS attack with 13 points. Alex Shutter, Layton Albright and Derek Schweiger added nine each. All 10 Panthers scored.

Matt Richard paced PHS in assists with four. Schweiger and David Hassel grabbed a team-high five boards each. Steinhardt led in steals with three.

“We played perhaps our best game of the year,” said Panther coach Jason Jaeckels.

In their previous game, PHS cruised past visiting Campbellsport, 59-35, Thursday night. Plymouth upped its Eastern Wisconsin Conference record to 11-1.

Will Hunter led the Panthers’ attack with 13 points and Shutter hit nine. Cody Kuhn had a team-best five steals.

The PHS freshmen earned a 53- 47 win over Port Washington. Brandon Keller led the Panthers’ offense with 17 points and Holden Reilly netted 13.

Keller led PHS, 15-4, in rebounds with five. Adam Smith had a teamhigh six assists.

PORT WASHINGTON
72
PLYMOUTH
58

Score by Quarters
Port Washington...16 16 15 25 – 72
Plymouth.…............7 13 19 19 – 58

Port Washington scoring: Blake Plier 8, Al-Tavius Jackson 8, Brad Burbach 4, Ezra Bretl 14, Patrick McDonald 9, Matthew Kirmse 29. Three-point goals: Plier 2, Bretl 4, McDonald 1, Kirmse 4.

Plymouth scoring: Dominic Bocchini 12, Nick Casper 11, Zac Cain 11, TJ Moegenburg 5, Brady Grapentine 6, Gage Nischke 4, Drew Schweiger 3, Carter Krzyzaniak 2, Matt Olig 4. Threepoint goals: Bocchini 2, Casper 1, Cain 1, Schweiger 1, Moegenburg 1.

Field goals: Plymouth 23-53, 43%. Free throws: Port Washington 17-20, 85%; Plymouth 6-11, 55%.


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