Raiders’ three-point assault topples PHS

by Matt Kraus Review Co respondent


AUSTIN GOEHRING of Kiel tries to score under pressure from Plymouth’s Will Hunter (21) and Layton Albright in Tuesday’s basketball game. Also shown for PHS are Gage Nischke (25) and Alex Shutter. – Photo by Jason Hassel AUSTIN GOEHRING of Kiel tries to score under pressure from Plymouth’s Will Hunter (21) and Layton Albright in Tuesday’s basketball game. Also shown for PHS are Gage Nischke (25) and Alex Shutter. – Photo by Jason Hassel KIEL – The Kiel Raiders made 11 three-pointers and 25 free throws to hold on and beat the Plymouth Panthers, 78-68, in a non conference boys basketball match-up here Tuesday night.

The Raiders improved to 7-1 while the Panthers fell to 5-3.

Trailing 40-26 at halftime, the Panthers came out attacking the basket but were held scoreless for the first minute and a half while shutting out the Raiders during the same period.

Gage Nischke sparked a Panthers’ comeback when he hit an 8-foot jumper and scored on a reverse layup following a Raiders’ turnover. Nischke followed with a steal and a pass ahead to Alex Shutter for a layup. Shutter hit a free throw to pull the Panthers to a 40-33 deficit with 15:40 remaining.

Junior center Austin Goehring made a free throw for the Raiders to end the Panthers’ run but Will Hunter followed with a basket in the lane and a free throw after drawing the fourth foul on center Brandon Niemuth.

Goehring responded by scoring inside, putting the Raiders ahead 45-36. After being stopped on an offensive possession, Shutter came up with a steal. A feed to Cody Kuhn resulted in a layup. Shutter hit a jumper two possessions later, cutting the deficit to 45-40.

Kiel called a timeout and responded with a three-point basket by Justin Dedering. Kuhn responded with his own run, scoring the Panthers’ next five points to pull the Panthers within 48-45.

Trailing 57-49 with 7:20 remaining, Nischke hit a three-pointer, Kuhn scored on a layup following a steal by Hunter and Shutter scored on an offensive rebound after a steal by Kuhn.


ALEX SHUTTER of Plymouth attempts to score against the Kiel defense during Tuesday’s basketball game. – Photo by Jason Hassel ALEX SHUTTER of Plymouth attempts to score against the Kiel defense during Tuesday’s basketball game. – Photo by Jason Hassel The Panthers were now within a point at 57-56 but couldn’t get closer as Kiel outscored the Panthers 21-12 over the final 6:20, including making 16 of 21 free throws.

“Offensively, we were off balance in the first [half]. We got out of our plan of attacking inside. We were able to get back to that in the second half,” said Plymouth head coach Tim Schultz.

Kiel opened the game with a 26- 10 run over the first seven minutes – converting seven three-point baskets by five different players. The Panthers were able to recover and outscored the Raiders 16-14 for the balance of the half.

“We knew they were going to shoot threes but you don’t expect them to be that hot and have that many guys hitting them. We worked hard to defend the three and eventually our defense was able to take away the shot.”

Shutter, a 5-foot-11 junior guard, led the Panthers with 23 points and grabbed a team-high five rebounds. Nischke added four rebounds and dished out a team-high three assists. Nine Panthers ended the game with at least one assist, with six finishing with two each.

“Alex averages 13 points a game. He is deceiving because he plays bigger than he is. He plays well inside because he is crafty inside,” said Schultz.

“We made 24 baskets and had 17 assists. I am very happy with that.”

Goehring led a balanced Raider attack with 21 points and Carter Voelker hit 20.

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

Brandon Keller scored 18 points to spark the Panthers to a 51-48 junior varsity win. Adam Smith contributed 13 for PHS which upped its record to 6-2.

Keller also had a team-high five rebounds. Mason Guell paced PHS in assists and steals with three apiece.

In freshman play, the Panthers rallied from a 24-20 halftime defict to earn a 57-36 rout. PHS, 7-1, outscored the Raiders 37-12 in the second half.

Nine of the 11 Panthers scored, led by Noah Baratka with 17 points and Nick Falls, 11. Falls and Michael Troka were the top rebounders with six each. Sawyer Hering had a team high three assists.


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