Cougars rally to edge PHS in ECC play

by Matt Kraus
Review Co respondent


ALEX SHUTTER of Plymouth attempts a reverse layup as Campbellsport’s Koy Walsh (11) tries to block it during Thursday’s ECC basketball game. Also pictured are Mason Guell of PHS and Campbellsport’s Isaiah Fryman (10). – Photo by Jason Hassel ALEX SHUTTER of Plymouth attempts a reverse layup as Campbellsport’s Koy Walsh (11) tries to block it during Thursday’s ECC basketball game. Also pictured are Mason Guell of PHS and Campbellsport’s Isaiah Fryman (10). – Photo by Jason Hassel PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers’ boys basketball team played host to the Campbellsport Cougars on Thursday night in East Central Conference action, losing 56-52 to fall to 1-2 in ECC play (3-4 overall).

The Cougars, who trailed 24-13 in the first half, improved to 2-1 in the ECC (4-2 overall).

Trailing 28-24 early in the second half, the Cougars converted three free throws to move within one point of the Panthers. A steal by Isaiah Freeman led to a layup and a 29-28 Cougars lead, their first of the game.

Derek Schweiger responded with two baskets to give the Panthers a 32- 29 lead.

A Sonny Johnson basket for the Cougars followed but baskets by Schweiger and Mason Guell extended the Panthers’ lead to 36-31.


DEREK SCHWEIGER, Plymouth forward, tries to keep possession under pressure from Campbellsport’s Kade Walsh (left) and Nicholas Narges in Thursday’s ECC basketball game. – Photo by Jason Hassel DEREK SCHWEIGER, Plymouth forward, tries to keep possession under pressure from Campbellsport’s Kade Walsh (left) and Nicholas Narges in Thursday’s ECC basketball game. – Photo by Jason Hassel The Panthers committed turnovers on four of their next five possessions but still led 38-35 with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

The Cougars cut the lead to one, 38-37, on a Connor Kissinger layup. Senior guard Alex Shutter responded with back-to-back three-pointers to give the Panthers a 44-37 lead.

A three-pointer by Sonny Johnson and a Cougars’ steal led to a layup, cutting the Panthers’ lead to 44-42.

Leading 47-44 with 2:45 remaining, the Panthers were patient on offense looking for the open player against the Cougars’ zone defense. A Panthers’ timeout with 2:06 remaining resulted in a turnover on the inbound pass. The Cougars’ Nicholas Narges then converted a three-point play with a lay-up and free throw to tie the game at 47-47.

The Panthers were able to work the ball into the lane on their next possession and Schweiger was able to draw a defensive foul. He made two free throws to give the Panthers a 49-47 lead.

Koy Walsh hit a three-pointer to give the Cougars a 50-49 lead with one minute remaining.

The Cougars grabbed a defensive rebound on the next Panthers’ possession and Walsh made two free throws after a PHS foul which gave the Cougars a 52-49 advantage.

Plymouth turned the ball over on its next possession and with 11 seconds remaining Johnson made two free throws to give the Cougars a five-point lead.

Shutter answered with a threepointer from the left base line to cut the Cougars lead to 54-52, with five seconds remaining.

A PHS foul sent the Cougars back to the free-throw line where Johnson scored the final two of his game-high 27 points to give the Cougars the 56- 52 victory.

“We made uncharacteristic mistakes late in the second half, committing

10 turnovers. They had five layups and 13 points off the turnovers,” said PHS head coach Tim Schultz.

“I feel we shot the ball well. We made five more field goals than they did but they made 14 more free throws than we did.

“Johnson was hot for them but I thought we played solid defense.”

Johnson, a senior guard, hit five three-pointers.

The Panthers entered the game with injuries to three starters – Cody Kuhn, Derek Schweiger and Adam Smith. Kuhn and Schweiger contributed six and 12 points respectively, and each grabbed five rebounds. Smith did not play in the game.

The Panthers were unwilling to use the injuries as an excuse.

“I feel fine,” Schweiger said after the game.

“Matt Richards was important to our early success, scoring seven of our first 12 points,” said Schultz. “He was a bright spot for us with his seven assists and six rebounds [both team-highs].”

Shutter was the Panthers’ leading scorer with 17 points.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAMES

The PHS JV 1 team improved to 2-1 in the ECC (6-1 overall) with a 55-23 rout. All 12 Panthers scored, led by Michael Troka with 13 points and Cole Booth, 11.

Troka paced PHS in rebounds with five. Booth had a team-high four steals.

PHS lost the JV 2 game, 54-37. Joel Williams hit 16 points to lead the Panthers. Ben Olsen added eight points. Williams had a team-best six boards.


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