Panthers nearly upset state-ranked Beavers


BRANDON KELLER of Plymouth attempts a shot against two Beaver Dam defenders, including Sam Wilke (bottom) in Monday’s basketball game. – Photo by Jason Hassel BRANDON KELLER of Plymouth attempts a shot against two Beaver Dam defenders, including Sam Wilke (bottom) in Monday’s basketball game. – Photo by Jason Hassel BEAVER DAM – The Plymouth Panthers almost pulled off a big upset on the road against state-ranked Beaver Dam before falling, 66-62, in a nonconference boys basketball game Monday night.

The Beavers, 12-0, are rated No. 3 in the Associated Press Division 2 poll. PHS slipped to 5-6 on the season.

“Beaver Dam is a very talented and undefeated team. We played them tough throughout the game but missed open scoring opportunities during key stretches of the second half which hurt us,” said Panther head coach Tim Schultz.

“The missed scoring opportunities and missed free throws were difficult to overcome.”

PHS shot only 38 percent from the field overall, including 7-for-18 from three-point range. The Beavers hit 46 percent from the floor overall (54 percent from two-point range).

Senior forward Derek Schweiger led the Panthers’ balanced attack with 10 points, including eight in the second half.. Six Panthers scored at least eight points.

Schweiger paced PHS rebounders with eight and Matt Richards had six. Shutter led in assists with eight and Richards handed out six.

Cody Kuhn led the Panthers in steals with three and Shutter had two.

“We rebounded and moved the ball well for nearly the entire game. Derek Schweiger did a great job on the boards. Alex Shutter and Matt Richards distributed the ball well,” said Schultz.

“Cole Booth and Cade Knaus played well off the bench.”

Knaus scored nine points on three three-point goals in the second half. Booth contributed eight points.

Junior guard Sam Wilke led the Beavers’ offense with 20 points, including 12 in the second half which sparked his team.

Both teams struggled at the freethrow line, with PHS only 13 of 23 and Beaver Dam just 13 of 25.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAMES

PHS lost the JV 1 contest, 57-54. The Panthers, 9-2, were led on offense by Nick Falls with 19 points.

Falls also had a team-high six rebounds and two blocked shots. Joe Steinhardt led in steals with two.

The Panthers’ JV 2 team breezed to a 50-29 victory which raised its record to 9-2. PHS held the Beavers to only six points in the second half.

Joel Williams paced PHS in scoring with 14, followed by Cooper Gosse with 12 and Ben Olsen, 11. Olsen grabbed a team-high 11 boards. Gosse led in steals with four.


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