Panthers narrowly escape with ECC win


ALEX SHUTTER, Plymouth guard, attempts to dribble around an unidentified Kewaskum defender during Friday’s ECC basketball game. – Photo by Jason Hassel ALEX SHUTTER, Plymouth guard, attempts to dribble around an unidentified Kewaskum defender during Friday’s ECC basketball game. – Photo by Jason Hassel KEWASKUM – After blowing a 19-point lead in the second half the Plymouth Panthers regrouped and pulled out a 53-52 boys basketball win over host Kewaskum Friday night.

Senior forward Will Hunter sank two free throws with 26 seconds which gave PHS a 53-52 lead. Kewaskum missed a shot with six seconds left and the ball deflected out of bounds on the rebound attempt.

The Indians then inbounded the ball with only .4 seconds left and Plymouth’s TJ Moegenburg tipped the pass which ended the game.

The Panthers upped their East Central Conference record to 4-4 (9-7 overall). The Indians slipped to 3-5 in ECC play (7-8 overall).

PHS led 23-16 at halftime and the lead ballooned to 19. The Indians answered with a 21-0 run which gave them a two-point lead.

“During this time [21-0 spurt by Kewaskum] we took a couple illtimed shots and had some turnovers which really cost us,” said Panther head coach Tim Schultz.

“Most costly to us was allowing Kewaskum to score from the freethrow line without the clock running, due to a few foolish fouls. Even with multiple timeouts we couldn’t stop their momentum.

“As a team we need to develop the mindset of ‘expecting to win,’ understanding how difficult winning games can be and how important each possession is to the team’s overall success,” said Schultz.

Alex Shutter and Cody Kuhn led PHS in scoring with 16 points each and Will Hunter hit 10. Moegenburg had a team-high eight rebounds.

Gage Nischke paced PHS in assists with four. Shutter led in steals with two.

“I felt we played excellent defense for most of the first half through the first part of the second half,” said Schultz.

“We struggled to put the ball in from close range but shot the ball well from three-point range and extremely well from the free- throw line.”

PHS shot 43 percent (6 of 14) from three-point range and was an outstanding 90 percent (17 of 19) at the foul line. Kuhn was 7-for-8 and Hunter, 4-for-4, at the line to pace PHS. All of Kuhn’s second-half points were on free throws. PHS outscored Kewaskum 17-11 at the charity stripe.

Brady Hanson was the Indians’ top scorer with 16.

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

PHS won the junior varsity game in overtime, 50-47. Alex Kelly was 4-for-4 at the foul line in overtime which sealed the win.

Holden Reilly and Brandon Keller keyed the Panthers’ attack with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Keller had a team-high 12 boards. PHS improved to 5-3 in the ECC (10-6 overall).

Kewaskum won the freshman game, 50-46, in overtime. Noah Baratka poured in 25 points to spark the PHS offense. Nick Falls added 11.

Falls had a team-best seven rebounds. Joe Steinhardt led in assists with four. PHS dropped to 6-2 in league play (12-3 overall).

The Panthers were only 7-for-17 at the charity stripe.


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