Panthers’ second-half spurt keys ECC win

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


ADAM SMITH of Plymouth tries to keep possession under pressure from Winneconne’s Jason Bach (left) and Scott Kramer in Friday’s ECC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ADAM SMITH of Plymouth tries to keep possession under pressure from Winneconne’s Jason Bach (left) and Scott Kramer in Friday’s ECC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers went on a 22-4 tear in the final 7:40 to break open a tight game and earn a 68-52 boys basketball win over Winneconne here Friday night.

PHS, which snapped a threegame losing streak, raised its East Central Conference record to 2-4 (6-7 overall). The Wolves dropped to 1-5 in ECC play (2-9 overall).

Winneconne used an 8-0 run to take a 48-46 lead with 8:30 remaining.

Cade Knaus kick-started the Panthers’ spurt with a three-point- er which gave his team a 49-48 lead.

Freshman guard Cole Booth scored six of Plymouth’s next 10 points as the Panthers built their lead to 59-49. Booth scored a driving layup and two free throws and then made two more free throws after he made a steal and was fouled slashing to the hoop.


CODY KUHN, Plymouth guard, leads a fast break as teammate Alex Shutter races down the court in Friday’s ECC basketball game versus Winneconne. The Wolves’ Ryan Hummel (left) and Scott Kramer trail the play. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley CODY KUHN, Plymouth guard, leads a fast break as teammate Alex Shutter races down the court in Friday’s ECC basketball game versus Winneconne. The Wolves’ Ryan Hummel (left) and Scott Kramer trail the play. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Panthers’ aggressive manto man defense held the Wolves to only one field goal and forced five Winneconne turnovers in the final 8:30. PHS made 11 of 13 free throws during its 22-4 run.

Booth and Matt Richards led PHS in scoring with 13 points each, followed by Cody Kuhn’s 12. Booth tallied his points coming off the bench. Richards scored all of his points in the first half, including three treys, to propel PHS to a 39-31 halftime lead.

Alex Shutter paced PHS in assists with five, followed by Booth and Richards with four each. Richards, Derek Schweiger and Booth had a team-high seven rebounds apiece. Schweiger led in offensive boards with four.

Booth led the Panthers in steals with two.

“It was a great performance. We knew we needed this one, so we fought hard and got the win,” said Richards, a senior guard.

“The way we play defense, we just need to get shots to go down. We put the pressure on and kept it going, and they got tired in the second half.

“We attacked well and kicked it out [on offense],” said Richards.

“It was a good team effort. Tonight showed that we have multiple guys who can step up and do things,” said PHS head coach Tim Schultz.

“We said defense would win this game. We were able to force turnovers and kind of knock them out of whack. They had only one three-pointer in the second half [Winneconne had five treys in the first half] and we forced them to score from other places [besides three-point range].

“Matt played tremendous all game, all-around,” said Schultz.

Schultz thought Booth and Knaus played well off the bench. Knaus scored nine points on three three-point goals.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAMES

Nick Falls hit 15 points and Michael Troka had 11 to lead the PHS JV 1 squad to a 58-32 rout. The Panthers improved to 4-2 in the ECC (10-3 overall).

Sawyer Hering paced PHS in assists and steals with five and three, respectively. Max Hassel had a team-high six rebounds.

The Panthers’ JV 2 team rolled to a 68-37 win to up its ECC mark to 4-2 (11-2 overall).

Cooper Gosse keyed the PHS offense with 17 points, followed by Joel Williams and Zach Zeeveld with 16 each. Zeeveld led in boards with nine.


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