Panthers drop defensive battle in ECC play

BERLIN – The Plymouth Panthers played very well on defense but came up short, 48- 43, against host Berlin in an East Central Conference boys basketball game Friday night.

The loss dropped the Panthers’ ECC record to 1-3 (5-5 overall). The Indians improved to 3-1 in the league (7-2 overall).

“We had the lead in the game from the mid-point of the first half until the final minute of the game. As a team, defensively we played very well at times forcing their leading scorers [Brady] Polk and [Justin] Bartol to take contested and difficult shots,” said Panther head coach Tim Schultz.

“On the offensive end we moved the ball well throughout the game but weren’t aggressive enough in looking for our shot.”

PHS held Polk and Bartol to 12 and nine points, respectively. Polk led the Indians’ scoring.

Senior guard Alex Shutter led PHS in scoring with 14 and steals, three. Adam Smith had a team-high seven rebounds, followed by Derek Schweiger and Brandon Keller with six each.

Matt Richards paced PHS in assists with six.

“Matt Richards, Cody Kuhn and Adam Smith did a tremendous job on defense. Alex Shutter did a good job of looking for his shot throughout the game,” said Schultz.

“Brandon Keller played an aggressive game off the bench with six rebounds and some excellent defensive plays. Derek Schweiger also played well defensively and was an active rebounder.”

JUNIOR VARSITY GAMES

Plymouth’s JV 1 squad hiked its ECC record to 3-1 (9-1 overall) with a 58-47 win. Nick Falls led PHS in scoring with 14 points, all in the second half. Noah Baratka added 11.

Falls also had a team-high 11 rebounds and two blocked shots and shared the lead in assists with Sam Shutter at three each. Aiden Reilly led in steals with three.

In JV 2 play, the Panthers cruised to a 52-21 win. PHS led 23-0 at halftime.

Joel Williams and Cooper Gosse paced the Panthers in scoring with 12 apiece and combined for nine steals.

Ben Olsen led PHS in boards with seven. The Panthers upped their ECC mark to 2-2 (8-2 overall).


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