Red-hot Panthers earn impressive win


ALEX SHUTTER, Plymouth guard, defends against Menomonee Falls’ Bryce McMurtry during Tuesday’s basketball contest. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ALEX SHUTTER, Plymouth guard, defends against Menomonee Falls’ Bryce McMurtry during Tuesday’s basketball contest. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers played a terrific second half on offense and defense, outscoring Menomonee Falls 41-21 en route to an impressive 75-60 nonconference boys basketball win Tuesday night at the PHS gym.

PHS, 2-0, shot a sizzling 71 percent (12 of 17) from the field in the second half and held the Indians to only 30 percent. The Indians dropped to 2-1.

Senior forward Gage Nischke sparked the Panthers’ attack in the second half with 12 of his career-high 20 points. Nischke led all scorers and drained two three-pointers in both halves.

Junior guard Alex Shutter chipped in 17 points for PHS which had four players in double figures. Shutter hit 10 points in the final half, including an 8-for- 10 performance at the foul line.


WILL HUNTER of Plymouth drives to the hoop between two Menomonee Falls defenders, including Cross Wilson (2), in Tuesday’s basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley WILL HUNTER of Plymouth drives to the hoop between two Menomonee Falls defenders, including Cross Wilson (2), in Tuesday’s basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley “In the second half we got out and defended their three-point shooters better and we played at a faster clip which forced them to take bad shots,” said Panther head coach Tim Schultz.

The Indians were an outstanding 9-for-16 from three-point range in the first half which ignited them to a 39-34 halftime lead. In the second half, Falls was only 2-for-10 on threepointers.

“In the second half we fullcourt pressed and forced turnovers off our trap. I think we did tire them out in the second half and were able to get to the basket. Our drive and kick worked well [on offense] and our dribble pull-up jumpers worked well,” said Schultz.

PHS scored several points in transition in the final half, including some off turnovers.

“It was an all-around great effort by the entire team,” said the coach.

Jaden Champion led Falls in scoring with 18 points. Champion exploded for 14 points in the opening half, keyed by four three-point goals, to lead his team.

The Indians used a 9-0 run on two straight treys by Champion, followed by one from Justin Gruber, to take a 30-22 lead with 5:45 left in the first half.

PHS answered with a 12-3 spurt to seize a 34-33 lead at the 2:30 mark. Shutter and Cody Kuhn scored four points each to key the comeback.

Falls scored the final six points of the half on three-pointers from Gruber and Champion to go up 39-34.

For the game, PHS shot an impressive 63 percent from the field, compared to Falls’ 43 percent. The Panthers outscored Falls 17-7 at the charity stripe.

Shutter paced PHS in rebounds with seven and steals, four. Tyler Moegenburg had a team-high four assists and Matt Richards contributed three.

“Alex led us in rebounding as a guard which is really good. Cody did well on defense against Bryce McMurtry [holding him to five points],” said Schultz.

“Matt Richards, David Hassel and Derek Schweiger played well off the bench. Gage came up big in the second half and hit some big shots.”

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

In junior varsity play, PHS lost, 53-43, to drop to 1-1. Brandon

Keller led PHS in scoring with 13 and Mason Guell tallied nine.

Keller had a team-high nine boards. Guell led in assists with three.

The Indians won the freshman contest, 42-40, on a basket at the buzzer. PHS, 1-1, was led on offense by Noah Baratka with 15 points. Nick Falls led in rebounds with eight. Baratka was first in assists with three.


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