Panthers win on Senior Night

by Greg Ceilley of The Review Staff

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers celebrated Senior Night and their final Eastern Wisconsin Conference boys basketball game with a 66-55 win over Two Rivers Thursday night at the PHS gym.

The contest closed out both teams’ regular seasons. The Panthers finished second in the EWC with a 10-4 record and improved to 14-8 overall. The Purple Raiders finished 7-7 in league play and are 8-14 overall.

Senior guard Nick Casper and senior guard/forward Zac Cain keyed the Panthers’ attack with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Cain and senior forward Matt Olig led in rebounds with nine each.

PHS built a 19-8 lead after one quarter and was up 35-25 at halftime. Two Rivers pulled even late in the game but the Panthers responded by hitting key free throws and converting on some open looks to earn the win.

“Our intensity was evident to start the game as the seniors enjoyed one last Eastern Wisconsin Conference game before an outstanding home crowd,” said PHS head coach Butch Cain.

“It was an enjoyable experience to see all of our senior program members honored before the game. We took to the floor with pride that showed how much these guys really appreciate all of the support they have received over the years.”

The other PHS seniors are Dominic Bocchini, Brady Grapentine, Drew Schweiger, Carter Krzyzaniak and Dayton Krueger.

“We started the game by dictating the tempo, getting to the glass and transitioning efficiently. Our passing was also vital in our ability to jump out to an early lead,” said coach Cain.

“Brady Grapentine and Nick Casper did an outstanding job of taking the No. 2 scorer in the conference, Ethan Willman, out of the flow of their offense.

“Carter Krzyzaniak gave us a great deal of energy along with having a big night finding the open man for us. Matt Olig and Zac Cain attacked the backboards extremely hard which played an important role in our team’s ability to win the rebounding battle.”

“Dominic Bocchini, Drew Schweiger and Dayton Krueger, our other seniors, gave us quality minutes and great effort in their final conference game,” said coach Cain.

Cain led PHS in steals with five and Casper had three. Bocchini and Krzyzaniak had a team-high four assists apiece.

PHS will host Cedarburg in the Division 2 regional semifinals Friday at 7 p.m. PHS is seeded No. 3 and Cedarburg, No. 6.


Score by Quarters
Two Rivers...............8 17 9 21 – 55
Plymouth.…...........19 16 10 21 – 66

Two Rivers scoring: Brayden Peterson 18, Ethan Willman 13, Reed Karbowski 3, Aaron Reilly 3, Cody King 2, Dawson Kiphart 6, Jordan Steckler 10. Three-point goals: Peterson 2, Willman 2, Karbowski 1, Steckler 1.

Plymouth scoring: Alex Shutter 2, Dominic Bocchini 9, Nick Casper 16, Zac Cain 15, TJ Moegenburg 5, Brady Grapentine 7, Gage Nischke 3, Drew Schweiger 5, Matt Olig 4. Three-point goals: Bocchini 1, Casper 2, Cain 1, Schweiger 1, Grapentine 1.

Field goals: Two Rivers 16-51, 31%; Plymouth 25-55, 45%. Free throws: Two Rivers 17-20, 85%; Plymouth 10- 15, 67%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 35. Turnovers: Two Rivers 16, Plymouth 21.

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