Raiders hold off Tigers in season opener

by Greg Ceilley of The Review Staff


CODY KUHN (right) of Plymouth tries to steal the ball from Sheboygan Falls’ Jared Petrie during Tuesday’s basketball opener at PHS. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley CODY KUHN (right) of Plymouth tries to steal the ball from Sheboygan Falls’ Jared Petrie during Tuesday’s basketball opener at PHS. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The 1-2 scoring punch from junior guards Alex Shutter and Cody Kuhn propelled the Plymouth Panthers past Sheboygan Falls, 73-59, in a boys basketball game Tuesday night at the PHS gym.

The nonconference battle was the season opener for both teams who brought plenty of intensity and energy into this rivalry game. Plymouth and Falls were longtime combatants in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference before PHS moved to the new East Central Conference this year.

Kuhn hit 19 points and Shutter, 18 – both career-high totals. Shutter led PHS in steals with four and had three assists. Kuhn contributed two steals.

The Panthers’ fast-paced style kept constant pressure on the Falcons and led to several baskets in transition and open shots in the half-court game. PHS scored many points by attacking the basket and also with deadly three-point shooting. The Panthers were 7-for-15 from three-point range.


TYLER MOEGENBURG of Plymouth whips a pass to a teammate on a fast break with Sheboygan Falls’ Jared Petrie (33) and Brayden Much in pursuit during Tuesday’s basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley TYLER MOEGENBURG of Plymouth whips a pass to a teammate on a fast break with Sheboygan Falls’ Jared Petrie (33) and Brayden Much in pursuit during Tuesday’s basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PHS had a 15-5 run in the fi- nal 4:20 of the first half to take a 38-28 halftime lead. Kuhn led the charge with seven points, including a three-point play on a followup basket.

Matt Richards and Tyler Moegenburg each drained a threeball during the Panthers’ spurt which was capped off by David Hassel’s fast-break layup.

The Falcons cut Plymouth’s lead to 44-37 early in the second half after Ryan Schmitt’s field goal. The Panthers responded with a 15-4 tear which built their advantage to 59-41 with 7:50 left.

Shutter ignited the run with seven points, including a trey. Gage Nischke’s three-pointer kick-started the stretch and Will Hunter’s three-ball climaxed it. PHS led by at least 11 points the rest of the game.

“It was a good team win. We played hard all-game long,” said new Panther head coach Tim Schultz.

“We got the game to speed up a little to where we wanted it and were able to do it at the end of the first half to close out the half. About midway of the second half we kind of got the game where we wanted it – playing faster. We felt we were pretty well-conditioned.”

Senior guard Ryan Schmitt led the Falcons’ offense with 16 points, including 13 in the first half, and Trey Hake tallied 11.

The Panthers pounded the boards and it paid off with a 37- 23 rebounding edge. Moegenburg paced the team in rebounds with


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